Tuesday 17th October 2017
Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
Ravel - Rapsodie Espagnole
Debussy - Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Orchestra
Ravel - Bolero
Mussorgsky (orch Ravel) - Pictures at an Exhibition
Sir Mark Elder
Sergio Castelló López, Clarinet
This concert 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.
This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. Please visit the BBC Radio 3 website for more details.
(Image credit: Benjamin Ealovega)