SUNDAY 2 May 2021 3PM
Mother Goose Suite
Piano Concerto No 1 in G minor, Op. 25
Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
Isata Kanneh-Mason: Piano
Roderick Dunk: Conductor
Maurice Ravel’s Mother Goose started life as a set of five pieces for piano duet based on children’s fairy tales. He later orchestrated them and in this form they are notable for their exquisite, jewelled orchestration, ravishing harmony and the magical atmosphere they conjure up.
Ravel admired the lightness and clarity of Mendelssohn’s piano concertos and these qualities are much in evidence in his youthful First Piano Concerto, especially in the last movement. We are delighted to have Isata Kanneh-Mason, sister of cellist Sheku, to play this genial and spirited work.
Our season ends with achmaninov’s Symphonic Dances, a substantial three movement orchestral suite and one of his last compositions. This wonderful work combines energetic dance rhythms reminiscent of Stravinsky with some of the composer’s most sumptuous harmony.
Isata Kanneh-Mason’s debut album, Romance, drew popular and critical acclaim, entering the UK classical charts at No.1 when it was released in July 2019 and leading Gramophone magazine to extol the recording as ‘one of the most charming and engaging debuts’ and Classic FM to praise Isata as ‘a player of considerable talent’.
Isata recorded the all-Clara Schumann disc for Decca Classics as an homage to the composer and pianist in the year of what would have been her 200th birthday.