Mozart’s Idomeneo owes its ballet sequence to the influence of French opera, and it launches a programme featuring two Frenchmen who idolised Mozart: Ravel and Messiaen.
Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G adds a jazzy colouring to its Classical influences, while Oiseaux tristes and La valse contrast the doleful calls of lost forest birds with a dark, swirling portrait of the disintegration of Vienna.
The world premiere of a recently rediscovered work by Messiaen – originally intended for the composer’s Éclairs sur l’au-delà – brings more birdsong (that of the tui from New Zealand), while Stravinsky’s urbane neo-Classical Symphony combines piquancy and elegance.
Idomeneo – ballet music 24’
Piano Concerto in G major 23’
Messiaen, orch. C. Dingle
Un oiseau des arbres de Vie (Oiseau tui) c4’
Ravel, orch. C. Matthews
Miroirs – Oiseaux tristes 4’
BBC commission: world premiere
Symphony in Three Movements 22’
La valse 11’
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet piano
Nicholas Collon conductor