Jane Jones is here Monday to Wednesday from 8pm with two hours of full works. On Thursday and Friday, Catherine Bott is in the hot seat.
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