Haydn Symphony No 101, ‘The Clock’ Hummel Piano Concerto in A minor Ravel L’heure espagnole
BBC Symphony Orchestra Josep Pons conductor Stephen Hough piano Kenneth Richardson director
Cast to include: Ruxandra Donose Concepción Jacques Imbrailo Ramiro Jean-Paul Fouchécourt Torquemada Julien Behr Gonzalve David Wilson-Johnson Don Inigo
Haydn’s own ‘Clock’ prefaces Ravel’s delightful one-act comedy about a cuckolded clockmaker L’heure espagnole, the first of two Ravel operas this season. Romanian mezzo-soprano Ruxandra Donose has already won plaudits as the feisty and far-from-immaculate Concepcion, while celebrated young baritone Jacques Imbrailo takes on the role of hunky muleteer, lugging grandfather clocks up and down stairs for her while she attempts to seduce the local romeos – until she notices the size of Ramiro’s biceps. Catalan conductor Josep Pons lends idiomatic spice to this glittering cast. High spirits continue with Hummel’s elegant Concerto in A minor, to be performed by our Artist in Focus this season, the incomparable Stephen Hough.
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