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Walton: Belshazzar's Feast

Southbank Centre: Royal Festival HallBelvedere Road, Londres, Greater London, SE1 8XX, Reino Unido
El jueves 5 noviembre 2020 at 19:30

An upbeat first half heady with the rhythms of American jazz and Cuban dance contrasts with Walton’s dramatic Old Testament tale.

Belshazzar’s Feast tells of the fabulously wealthy and decadent city of Babylon, and the dramatic downfall of its godless ruler. Walton invokes a huge orchestra, eight-part choir, organ, and two brass bands.

Ravel’s concerto, inspired by the jazz he heard on a tour of the United States, frames a serenely beautiful Adagio with outer movements of carefree, effervescent energy. It’s the perfect showcase for Louis Schwizgebel’s imaginative, insightful playing.

In 1932, Gershwin holidayed in Cuba, for “two hysterical weeks... where no sleep was had”. He returned with a full set of Cuban percussion instruments, and put them straight to work in his Rumba-fuelled Cuban Overture.

MMSF Young Artists’ Recital

6pm, Royal Festival Hall

Free, no ticket required

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