Orchestre de Paris / Gábor Káli
Antoine Tamestit - Ravel, Bartók
To leave after this concert
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- Orchestre de Paris
- Gábor Káli, conducting
- Antoine Tamestit, viola
Bartók’s orchestral suite drawn from his expressionist ballet The Miraculous Mandarin is a brilliant score, constructing a surprising mix of raw realism and fantastical elements, the industrial buzz of the city and Orientalist echoes. The later Viola Concerto honours the warm timbre of the soloist instrument in an exquisite rhapsody leading to moments of lyrical meditation, as if suspended.
On the Ravel side, Le Tombeau de Couperin, initially for piano, pays a double tribute to those who died in World War I and the master of French baroque. Yet the tone is not funerary nor is there a spirit of pastiche in this eminently personal score. As for the orchestral crescendo of his Bolero, which was met with a cry of ‘Nonsense!’ at its premiere, it would become one of the most popular scores in the entire symphonic repertoire, and remains a marvellous tribute to the instrumental timbres.