Concerto en fa
Concerto pour orchestre
Orchestre de Paris
Manfred Honeck , conducting
Igor Levit , piano
Three faces of modernity are contemplated in this program, which presents itself as an ode to orchestral timbres: Ravel's distanced homage to the waltz, Gershwin's irresistible swing, and Bartók's reinvented folklorism.
Originally conceived as ballet music in homage to the Viennese style of Johann Strauss, La Valse by Ravel is an extraordinary sensory experience, bursting all boundaries to become a fantastic musical whirlwind, almost demonic in its paroxysmal frenzy.
In contrast, Bartók's sumptuous Concerto for Orchestra, with its subtle symmetries, presents the classicism of a relaxed and peacefully hedonistic modernism. Irresistible, at times imbued with Slavic colours but all animated by the spirit of the Charleston and the blues, Gershwin's famous Concerto in F, which also enchanted Ravel, closes this sumptuous orchestral triptych: occasionally fiery and full of rhythmic sap, it does not forget the pleasures of instrumental virtuosity and sonic discoveries, in the continuity of the famous Rhapsody in Blue.
Grande salle Pierre Boulez - PhilharmonieSee the venue
Porte de Pantin station
M5 Paris Underground (Métro) Line 5 3B Tram 3B
221 avenue Jean-Jaurès, 75019 Paris
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