CASTOR ET POLLUX
At the height of the famous Querelle des Bouffons (1754), the elderly Rameau yielded to insistent requests from the Académie Royale de Musique for a major revision of Castor and Pollux, 17 years after the lukewarm reception of its premiere. He deleted the Prologue and made substantial modifications to the dramatic structure, with a completely new first act! But the original has continued to overshadow the revision, unjustly so when one considers the modernity of its orchestration. The inspired direction of Raphaël Pichon shows the extent to which this music heralds the Classical orchestra.
The Dmitri Ensemble
Ten years after its début performance of the Chamber Symphony Op. 110a by Dmitri Shostakovich (after whom the group is named), The Dmitri Ensemble under Graham Ross performs the composer’s String Quartets Nos. 1, 8 and 10, reworked as thrilling Chamber Symphonies for string orchestra by his pupil and advocate, Rudolf Barshai.view
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Piano Concerto, Lyric Pieces
Celebrated Spanish pianist Javier Perianes joins forces with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sakari Oramo for a performance of one of Grieg’s most popular works. Composed when he was just 24, Grieg’s Piano Concerto combines elements of the Romantic style with motifs typically found in Norwegian folk music. Grieg felt more comfortable writing in miniature forms and in 35 years, produced no fewer than 66 Lyric Pieces – every one a gem. The Piano Concerto is paired here with selections from that collection, including the popular March of the Trolls, the poetic Homesickness and his final lyric piece, Remembrances.view
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