Sir Mark Elder conductor
Sergio Castelló López clarinet
Ravel Rapsodie Espagnole
Debussy Première rhapsodie (for clarinet and orchestra)
Mussorgsky (orch. Ravel) Pictures at an Exhibition
Our season begins with a riot of impressionist colours from the Hallé. Ravel’s famous Bolero began life as a commission for ballerina Ida Rubinstein. The composer played down its importance, but its daring simplicity ensured its immortality. Ravel also transformed Mussorgsky’s gallery tour for solo piano into a twentieth century classic, blending delicate scene painting with awe-inspiring spectacle. A hint of Ravel’s genius came early in his career when he composed Rapsodie Espagnole, a vision of Spain inspired by his mother’s memories of Madrid. Its mix of the Malaguena and Habanera explodes into an exuberant finale. Debussy’s Première Rhapsodie is, on the surface, a more languid and serene affair but it’s nevertheless a fiendish test piece for its soloist, in this case the Hallé’s outstanding Principal clarinettist, Sergio Castelló López.
Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium: Sir Mark Elder introduces the programme.
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Venue: Royal Concert Hall
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