Conductor Hamish McKeich
Harpsichord Mahan Esfahani
Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin
Poulenc Concerto champêtre
Bizet L’arlésienne: Suites (selections)
Dukas The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
A très chic concert. Coolly elegant, Ravel’s suite is an homage to the golden age of Versailles and particularly to Louis XIV’s court composer François Couperin.
Another nod to the past is Poulenc’s glittering concerto for an instrument which was only then being rediscovered. It is played by the hottest harpsichordist of the moment, Mahan Esfahani, who gave the first ever harpsichord recital at the BBC Proms in 2011.
Bizet’s rustic picture of the South of France is followed by Dukas’ witty story of the apprentice wizard who knew how to start labour-saving magic… but, disastrously, not how to stop it.