The conductor Sir Antonio Pappano leads the Concertgebouworkest in the extraordinary, sensual music of Debussy and Ravel, and Szymanowski’s exotic First Violin Concerto with Lisa Batiashvili as soloist.
Exotic, beautifully orchestrated music which promises to make for an unforgettable concert.
Star violinist Lisa Batiashvili has performed on multiple occasions as soloist with the Concertgebouworkest. Under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano, she shines in Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No. 1, a brilliant work with hints of the East. The fascinating worlds which Szymanowski found in North Africa and the Middle East can be heard here in the graceful interplay of lines, dreaminess and sultry atmosphere. It’s extraordinary, sensual music which is certainly comparable to Claude Debussy’s.
Debussy’s Ibéria is a lively and colourful portrait of a romanticised Spain complete with market scenes, sweltering summer nights and exuberant village festivals. Maurice Ravel, too, was a true magician when it came to composition. In his eerily beautifully orchestrated music, fairy tales come to life. It’s almost as if you can touch and feel these exotic worlds listening to his music.
A programme like this lets an orchestra show off its best side: there are special effects and timbres for nearly every instrument. You know just how contagious musicians’ joy of performing can be. The conductor Sir Antonio Pappano knows this better than anyone – it promises to make for an unforgettable concert.