London Philharmonic Orchestra: Evocations of Spain

Enrique Mazzola conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert of works by Respighi and Ravel with soloists Javier Perianes (Piano) and Maria Luigia Borsi (Soprano)
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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.

Southbank Centre: Royal Festival Hall

Belvedere Road
London Greater London United Kingdom SE1 8XX