Discover the ravishing sound world of Ravel in this program conducted by David Robertson.
For this concert, David Robertson has chosen two enchanting stories in music. American Susan Graham provides the beguiling voice of Shéhérazade in three luxuriant songs. Lovers from antiquity were the inspiration when Ravel composed Daphnis et Chloé for the Ballets Russes. He called the music a 'choreographic symphony': this is no mere accompaniment for dance, but music full of visceral energy, luminous and dreamlike images, and not-so-thinly veiled eroticism that's capable of holding the stage in its own right. It's a rush for the heart and senses – from the magical opening notes to the magical 'Sunrise' and the final scenes of unbridled ecstasy. Add to this the whirling energy and exotic colour of Stravinsky's youthful Fireworks – a 'fantasy for orchestra' in the spirit of Rimsky-Korsakov – and you have a truly ravishing program!
Get inspired to get out of your house and into ours this winter with music you’ll hear at our performances in 2017!
Join us for the pre-concert talk by Yvonne Frindle in the Northern Foyer, 45 minutes before each performance. (There is no talk before the Tea & Symphony concert on 28 Jul.)Read Yvonne's Bio