Varèse, Ravel & Berlioz


François-Xavier Roth conducts soloist Alice Sara Ott

Sun 13 Jun 2021 7.00pm - 8.50pm
Barbican Hall, London

Varèse Ecuatorial
Ravel Piano Concerto in G major
Berlioz Lélio, or The Return to Life

François-Xavier Roth conductor
Alice Sara Ott piano
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey chorus director
London Symphony Orchestra

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Ravel does jazz, Varèse fuses Mayan rituals with 1930s electronica, and Hector Berlioz goes completely off the rails, in this very French extravaganza from François-Xavier Roth.

‘Oh! How can I find her? To intoxicate myself with the anguish and joy that is true love!’ Lélio is a lover, a dreamer – and a composer. And if you think his name sounds a bit like Berlioz: well, we don’t want to give too many spoilers for Lélio or The Return to Life.

But it’s safe to say that any concert that begins with the primal ritual of Varèse’s Ecuatorial – and includes the remarkable Alice Sara Ott in Ravel’s elegant, jazz-infused Concerto in G – isn’t afraid of extremes. And that Berlioz’s crazy one-man music drama, written at the height of an unrequited love affair, is a delirious odyssey through the Romantic imagination, told in some of his most flamboyantly original music. You’ve never heard anything quite like it.