Prom 36: Pierre Boulez, Ravel and Stravinsky
Textures and colours are to the fore in this concert with a French accent. Stravinsky’s The Firebird is the work that seized the ears of Paris’s elite with its urgent rhythms and evocative Russian folk melodies. We celebrate Boulez’s 90th-birthday year with his first work for full orchestra, a sophisticated experiment in colours and timbres. Marc-André Hamelin joins the BBC SO for Ravel’s jazz-influenced Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, commissioned by the one-armed pianist Paul Wittgenstein.
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