The Hallé - International Concert Series 2017-18
Conductor Sir Mark Elder
Soloist Sergio Castello-Lopez, Clarinet
Ravel Rapsodie Espagnole 16'
Debussy Rhapsody No 1 for Clarinet and Orchestra 8'
Ravel Bolero 16'
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Ravel) 33'
Ravel’s Spanish-Basque heritage is heard to striking effect in the exotically charged Rapsodie Espagnole and in his orchestral showpiece Bolero, a work originally intended for performance by Ida Rubinstein’s ballet troupe in 1928. Debussy’s Rhapsody began life as a Conservatoire test piece for clarinet, while Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, originally for solo piano, was given new life by Ravel’s magnificent arrangement in which form it is better known.