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Prom 36: Pierre Boulez, Ravel & Stravinsky

Wednesday 12 August 2015 - 6:30 PM

Marc Andre Hamelin © Sim Canetty Clarke

Approximate end time: 8:50pm

Presented by:

Pierre Boulez
Figures – Doubles – Prismes 22'


Ravel, arr. P. Boulez
Frontispice 2'

Piano Concerto for the Left Hand 19'

The Firebird 46'

Marc-André Hamelin piano

BBC Symphony Orchestra
François-Xavier Roth

Textures and colours are to the fore in this concert with a French accent.

Our triptych of Stravinsky ballets continues with The Firebird – the work that seized the ears of Paris's elite with its urgent rhythms and evocative Russian folk melodies.

We celebrate Boulez's 90th-birthday year with his first work for full orchestra, a sophisticated experiment in colours and timbres. Marc-André Hamelin joins the BBCSO for Ravel's jazz-influenced Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, commissioned by the one-armed pianist Paul Wittgenstein.

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