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Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore


Wolfgang Amadeus MozartIdomeneo: ballet music
Maurice RavelPiano Concerto in G major
~ Interval ~
Maurice RavelMiroirs: Oiseaux tristes (arr. C. Matthews)
Olivier MessiaenUn oiseau des arbres de Vie (orch. C. Dingle)
Igor StravinskySymphony in Three Movements
Maurice RavelLa Valse for orchestra (arr. Larochelambert)


Nicholas Collon – Conductor
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet – piano

BBC Philharmonic

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Programme Note

Mozart’s Idomeneo owes its ballet sequence to the influence of French opera, and it launches a programme featuring two Frenchmen who idolised Mozart: Ravel and Messiaen. Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G adds a jazzy colouring to its Classical influences, while Oiseaux tristes and La valse contrast the doleful calls of lost forest birds with a dark, swirling portrait of the disintegration of Vienna. The world premiere of a recently rediscovered work by Messiaen - originally intended for the composer’s Éclairs sur l’au-delà - brings more birdsong (that of the tui from New Zealand), while Stravinsky’s urbane neo-Classical Symphony combines piquancy and elegance.

Prom 29: Stravinsky, Messiaen & Ravel

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