Respighi, Ottorino (1879-1936), Fountains of Rome
Respighi, Ottorino (1879-1936), Il Tramonto (The Sunset)
Ravel, Maurice (1875-1937), Pavane pour une infante défunte
Ravel, Maurice (1875-1937), Rapsodie Espagnole
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Enrique Mazzola, Conductor
Javier Perianes, Piano
Maria Luigia Borsi, Soprano
A shimmer of Andalusian light shines over the movements of Manuel de Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain - an exotic slice of delicate, glistening orchestral writing that together with Ottorino Respighi's blazing picture of the city of Rome is about as evocative of a place as is possible in music.
Unsurprisingly, perhaps, it was a foreigner who seemed to get most excited by the prospect of evoking Spain in music. A foreigner, and arguably the greatest orchestrator who ever lived - Maurice Ravel - whose firecracker Rapsodie Espagnole rounds off this concert with infectious panache and bite.