Pietari Inkinen – conductor
Stephen De Pledge – piano
RAVEL La Valse – poeme choreographique
SCRIABIN The Poem of Ecstasy – Symphony No. 4
RAVEL Piano Concerto in G major
In Maurice Ravel’s music, we indulge in an excess of the sensual. The darkly brooding La Valse was inspired by the waltzes that once glittered in pre-war Vienna, while the Piano Concerto in G major, one of his last compositions, takes its cues from the heady jazz that intoxicated Paris in the 1920s. In Bolero we are slowly enveloped by the Spanish heat. Like Ravel, Alexander Scriabin’s music is a myriad of nuanced colours. His luscious Poem of Ecstasy, composed under the sign of the Symbolists, is a work that exults in music’s capacity to transport us to an infinity of other realms.