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Ravel Boléro

London Symphony Orchestra/François-Xavier Roth

Isabelle Druet

Three luxurious works – a ballet, opera and symphonic rhapsody – showing the many sides of Ravel, but each inspired by his love of Spanish culture.

An authority on Ravel, François-Xavier Roth transports you to the Basque country of the composer’s childhood, with three works that fuse luscious orchestration and lilting Spanish rhythms.

Melodies weave delicately through Ravel’s early Rapsodie espagnole, punctuated by fanfares and Habanera rhythms. Ravel's fascination with Spain can also be heard in the one-act opera L’Heure espagnole, a romantic intrigue set in 18th-century Spain, and Boléro, where the insistent marching drums that accompany the delicate opening flute solo make it one of classical music’s most familiar masterpieces.

Change of Soloists
The performance of Ravel’s L’heure espagnole will now feature soloists Edgaras Montvidas as Gonzalves and Nicolas Cavallier as Gomez, replacing Stanislas de Barbeyrac and Nicolas Courjal respectively.

Posted Wednesday 3 April 2019

The performance is expected to finish around 9.20pm, including a 20 minute interval.

Pre-concert performance

LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists
6pm Barbican Hall
Free entry

Barbican Hall