Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Pierre-Laurent Aimard piano
Ravel’s delicate and touching evocation of fairy-tales opens this concert that explores the musical landscape of Paris after World War I. Probably the most successful of a number of pieces commissioned by Paul Wittgenstein, Ravel’s concerto shows the composer responding to the constraints of using only one hand on the piano with imaginative orchestral colouring and rhythmic subtlety. Stravinsky’s first big success, The Firebird, is a colourful ballet score based on a Russian folk tale in which the young hero overcomes a fierce demon with the protection of a magic feather from the fabled firebird.
This concert is part of the City of Light: Paris 1900 - 1950 series
City of Light: Paris 1900 - 1950 conceived and supported by Vincent Meyer, President Philharmonia Orchestra