RAVEL La valse
SHOSTAKOVICH Violin Concerto No 1
MICHAEL TAPLIN Ebbing Tides (world premiere, Panufnik commission)
MUSSORGSKY ARR RAVEL Pictures at an Exhibition
Fabien Gabel conductor
James Ehnes violin
London Symphony Orchestra
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LSO Platform: Guildhall Artists
Barbican Hall 6pm, free entry
Shostakovich and Mussorgsky piano music
Part of the 2016/17 season
Rising star Fabien Gabel conducts a programme highlighting the subtle connections between French and Russian repertoire.
Shostakovich’s searing Violin Concerto No 1 forms the centrepiece of this concert, performed here by the inimitable James Ehnes. The concerto was written during a time of great turmoil for Shostakovich, and was supressed for almost a decade before its first performance. This darkly dramatic work revels in devil-may-care virtuosity for orchestra and soloist alike.
A pair of works created by Ravel bookend the programme. La valse is a musical depiction of the birth and eventual destruction of the waltz genre that saw its heyday amidst the grandeur and excess of fin-de-siecle Vienna. Ravel’s iconic arrangement of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition brings the concert to a thrilling close, with Ravel’s flawlessly crafted orchestration breathing life and colour into Mussorgsky’s magnum opus.