Clarinet Concerto No.1 in Eb major (2) Leopold Kozeluch
Masterpieces by Ravel, Sibelius, Haydn and Johann Strauss II are on tonight's menu.
Ravel’s Piano Concerto was always intended to be a frivolous work. In contrast to many of the gigantic romantic concertos of his day, what Ravel was aiming to write was something light, fanciful and not inherently serious: ‘In the spirit’, as he said, ‘of Mozart and Saint-Saëns.It certainly wasn’t composed in a throwaway manner, though. On the contrary, Ravel mulled over his ideas for the concerto for a full three years.
Its light-hearted nature is confirmed from the first sound we hear in the opening movement: a playful, percussive whip-crack. The work is jazz-tinged in the outer movements. In between, a slow movement of serene beauty confirms Ravel’s status as a master of melody. ‘That flowing phrase!’ he apparently commented. ‘How I worked over it bar by bar! It nearly killed me!’
Johann Strauss (II): Die Fledermaus - Overture
Andre Previn conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major
Piano: Benjamin Grosvenor
James Judd conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No.2 in D major Opus 43
Paavo Jarvi conducts the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Joseph Haydn: Violin Concerto in A major Hob.VIIa:3
Giuliano Carmignola directs the Orchestra of the Champs-Elysees from the violin