|Ravel, Maurice (1875-1937)||Chansons madécasses|
|Ravel, Maurice (1875-1937)||Shéhérazade|
|Ravel, Maurice (1875-1937)||Histoires Naturelles|
Programme of songs by Ravel, including Chansons madécasses for mezzo soprano, flute and cello, a rare performance of the original version for voice and piano of Shéhérazade and the masterpiece Histoires Naturelles.
Maurice Ravel: a song composer impossible to pin down. Born in the heart of Basque country and of Savoyardian descent, lulled to sleep as a baby by Iberian folk songs, educated in Paris, influenced by Spain, fascinated by the lure of the East, setter of folk songs and texts in Aramaic, a man who juxtaposed civilized order of classicism while setting words in the popular style of a café concert, who toured extensively in Europe as a conductor and had huge success across the Atlantic as an interpreter of his works. The colour, rhythm, poetry and imagination in his music place Ravel’s songs amongst music of the highest art and this lunchtime we will explore this multi-faceted composer. A composer of the whole world.
‘… a richly expressive mezzo voice, power when needed and oodles of stage presence…’ BBC Music Magazine on Clara Mouriz
‘... a hugely talented baritone with a smoothly elegant mahogany timbre, complemented by an intense and reflective musicality...’ The Telegraph on Benedict Nelson
‘...Middleton is outstanding, his reputation as a rising star among accompanists richly deserved...’ Gramophone Magazine on Joseph Middleton