Prom 29: Rollicking Ravel and Squawking Messiaen

(photo credit: Paul Mitchell)

Prom 29 had a distinctly French flavour, featuring music by Ravel and Messiaen, two composers who idolized Mozart, whose music opened the evening. The concert was bookended by two works in which dance featured strongly, from Mozart’s elegant post-Baroque ballet sequence for Idomeneo to Ravel’s swirling, breathless portrait of the disintegration of fin-de-siècle Vienna. Ravel also looked to Mozart’s piano concertos as a model for his own, and the vibrant, jazzy G major concerto formed the second part of the first half of the programme, performed by French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.

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  1. Thank you again Frances for your ever vibrant and tantalising histories and descriptions. This is a concert I would have loved to have attend, but right now I am listening to the dulcet songs of oiseaux de montagnes in distant Catalunya and the sounds of streams and wind in the trees, thinking of Ravel, Messiaen and Stravinsky and humming phrases of Janacek, strangely.

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