Thursday 26th January 2017
Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
Copland - Quiet City
Gershwin (orch. Grofé) - Rhapsody in Blue
Ravel - Mother Goose: Suite
Ravel - Piano Concerto in G
Gershwin - An American in Paris
Steven Osborne, Piano
This trans-Atlantic tale of two cities begins with New Yorker Aaron Copland’s haunting evocation of an urban landscape at night. More fantastic locations are conjured in Parisian impressionist Maurice Ravel’s enchanting Mother Goose Suite. Like many Frenchmen Ravel was seduced by American jazz and his Piano Concerto in G nods to Gershwin with its deft flicks of colour and darting virtuosic runs. Gershwin’s own fusion of classical and jazz, Rhapsody in Blue walks and talks the rhythms of Manhattan’s sidewalks right from the opening clarinet glissando. The French connection ends with Gershwin’s An American in Paris, a giddy love affair with the city, its rich blues harmonies rubbing shoulders with blaring taxi horns.
Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm in the auditorium: Jonathan James on jazz in Ravel and Gershwin
(Image: Benjamin Ealovega)
Please refer to the booking link for further details.