Le boeuf sur le toit
The BBC Philharmonic, conducted by their associate artist, Ludovic Morlot, in a programme of surrealism, madcap jazz, and a celebration of the power of the human spirit.
From the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, originally broadcast in November 2019.
Presented by Tom Redmond
Milhaud: Le boeuf sur le toit
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G
Ravel: Une barque sur l'océan, Alborada del gracioso, La vallée des cloches (from 'Miroirs')
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5
Steven Osborne (piano)
Ludovic Morlot (conductor)
The BBC Philharmonic is joined by Associate Artist Ludovic Morlot for a French first half. Jean Cocteau's Surrealist theatrical spectacle from early 1920s, choreographed to Milhaud's colourful score introduced the Parisian audience to vivid characters. It proved so popular a bar was named after it. The music fizzes with South American dances and catchy tunes. The end of the same decade saw Ravel inspired by jazz; the BBC Philharmonic is joined by Steven Osborne for Ravel's luscious and characterful G major Piano Concerto. Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony sees a move east for a symphony "of the grandeur of the human spirit" - Prokofiev's own description - used in a broadcast on Radio Moscow soon after it was premiered. Gripping from first note right through to the breathtaking Finale, Prokofiev was at his happiest when he penned it.
- Fri 3 Jul 2020 19:30