Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Experience the exotic colours of Ravel


21 February 2013 - NZSO Media Release for immediate release
Experience the exotic colours of Ravel with your national orchestra, the NZSO

We open our 2013 NZSO subscription season with an extravagant exploration of the senses, featuring three luscious works by French composer Maurice Ravel and Russian composer Alexander Scriabin’s The Poem of Ecstasy.

Beginning the evening is Ravel’s intoxicating La Valse which was inspired by the waltzes that once glittered in pre-war Vienna. Ravel described this brooding work with the following preface to the score:
“Through whirling clouds, waltzing couples may be faintly distinguished. The clouds gradually scatter: one sees at letter A an immense hall peopled with a whirling crowd. The scene is gradually illuminated. The light of the chandeliers bursts forth at the fortissimo letter B. Set in an imperial court, about 1855.”

The Piano Concerto in G major, one of Ravel’s final compositions, takes its cues from the heady jazz that intoxicated Paris in the 1920s. It comes to life in the skilful hands of New Zealand pianist Stephen De Pledge, a performer who seamlessly invites audiences into the most intimate moments of music.

“New Zealander Stephen De Pledge…is a disarmingly relaxed and sunny performer; the difficult double articulations shivered under his hands and his switches of weight were like quicksilver.” (The Times)

The instantly recognisable Bolero, and possibly Ravel’s most popular work, forms the perfect finale to the evening, encasing us in a satisfying wave of sound with a strong sense of the Spanish heat. Originally composed as a ballet, commissioned by Russian ballerina Ida Rubinstein, the piece, which premiered in 1928, has rarely been staged as a ballet. Interestingly, the rapid success of this memorable orchestral work was a surprise to Ravel, who reportedly predicted that most orchestras would refuse to play it.

Like Ravel, Scriabin’s music is a myriad of nuanced colours. In his The Poem of Ecstasy, featuring a full NZSO including eight horns, five trumpets, two harps and an organ, the Orchestra is given free range to enjoy its enfolding phrases.

“This programme is very rich and luscious. It’s a musical feast and a great concert for the full magnificent forces of the NZSO to begin our 2013 subscription season in Wellington,” says NZSO Head of Artistic Planning Melissa King.

Music Director Pietari Inkinen, who is an ardent Ravel fan, is excited to open our symphonic season with this musical banquet – Bolero! Les Couleurs Exotiques de Ravel.

“I have always been drawn to the musical impressionism of Ravel’s music,” says Maestro Inkinen. “He creates a vivid atmosphere through his powerful melodies and innovative orchestral textures so it will be an absolute thrill to open the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra season with three of his great works.”

ENDS

The pre-concert talk will be led by NZSO Double Bass player Malcolm Struthers who will interview pianist Stephen De Pledge. Friday 22 March, Renouf Foyer, Michael Fowler Centre, 5.45pm – 6.15pm.

NZSO Bolero!
Les Couleurs Exotiques de Ravel



PIETARI INKINEN Conductor
STEPHEN DE PLEDGE Piano

MAURICE RAVEL La Valse – poeme choreographique
ALEXANDER SCRIABIN The Poem of Ecstasy
MAURICE RAVEL Piano Concerto in G major
MAURICE RAVEL Bolero

WELLINGTON / Michael Fowler Centre / Friday 22 March / 6:30 pm

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Scoop Review Of Books: No Pretence. No Bullshit. Fine Poem.

John Dickson doesn’t publish much; never has. Indeed, this new collection is his first such in 18 years. As he wryly and dryly states,

I’ve published two slim volumes, and spent all
My time working on the next.
(from Wasp p.67) More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Extraordinary Anywhere: Essays On Place From Aotearoa NZ

The New Zealand landscape undoubtedly is very beautiful, but so is the British one, and my attachment to this country is much more about some particular places, and the memories and emotions that in them combine, than it is about the landscape as a whole. More>>

Canonisation Fodder: Suzanne Aubert Declared ‘Venerable’

Suzanne Aubert, the founder of the Sisters of Compassion New Zealand’s home grown order of Sisters, has been declared ‘venerable’, a major milestone on the path to sainthood in the Catholic Church. More>>

“I Have Not Performed Well Enough”: Ernie Merrick Leaving Wellington Phoenix

Ernie Merrick has stepped down from his position as Wellington Phoenix FC Head Coach. The club would like to thank Ernie for his contribution to Wellington Phoenix and wish him all the best in his future endeavours. More>>

Ray Columbus: NZ Music Icon Passes Away

60s New Zealand music Icon Ray Columbus has passed away peacefully at his home north of Auckland... Ray Columbus enjoyed more than three decades at the top of NZ entertainment as a singer, songwriter, bandleader, music manager and TV star. More>>

Review: Bernard Herrmann's Scores For 'Vertigo' & 'Psycho'

Howard Davis: The NZSO's adventurousness was richly-rewarded, as the deeply appreciative Wellington audience was given the opportunity not only to see a couple of Alfred Hitchcock's greatest films, but also to hear fine renditions of two of Bernard Herrmann's most accomplished film scores. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Leonard Cohen

If Bob Dylan owned the 1960s, Leonard Cohen was an inescapable presence during the early 1970s period, pre-disco and pre-punk. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Pick And Camera

Through the eyes of a miner – the photography of Joseph Divis: The occupations of miner and photographer are seldom combined. The conjunction must have been very rare indeed in the era before hand-held cameras, high-speed film and flashlights More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news