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London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Antonio Pappano

Bewitching Rhythms – Marsalis and Ravel

Alison Balsom

The gauzy soundscape of Ravel’s pastoral ballet meets a sparkling new concerto by Wynton Marsalis, in this concert with conductor Sir Antonio Pappano and trumpet soloist Alison Balsom.

In turn-of-the-century Paris, Ravel composed a ballet about ancient Greece for a Russian dance company. The result was music of fluid, diaphanous beauty, a languid drama of danger and desire. The choral phenomenon Tenebrae bring their unforgettable sound to Daphnis and Chloé.

Renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and musician Wynton Marsalis pays homage to the many great trumpeters that have come before him through this sprawling six-movement trumpet encyclopedia.

From Louis Armstrong to Johann Hummel, this masterpiece mingles jazz and blues, Copland-esque inflections, and classical traditions, with Marsalis' signature flare. And, being a jazzer himself, there's plenty of room left in the score for star trumpeter Alison Balsom to be spontaneous.

This performance will end at approximately 9pm, including a 20-minute interval.

Produced by the London Symphony Orchestra.

*Co-commissioned by The Cleveland Orchestra, Verbier Festival Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and Swedish Radio