RNCM Symphony Orchestra
Daphnis et Chloé
Friday 29 June 7.30pm
The Bridgewater Hall
Ambroise Thomas Mignon Overture
Dmitri Shostakovich Cello Concerto No 1 in E flat major Op 107*
Maurice Ravel Daphnis et Chloé
Yan Pascal Tortelier, Jack Sheen* conductors
Waynne Kwon cello
For our annual end of year RNCM Symphony Orchestra concert, we return to The Bridgewater Hall for a performance of a timeless score, under the baton of Yan Pascal Tortelier.
Described by Stravinsky as ‘one of the most beautiful products in all of French music’, Daphnis et Chloé is among Ravel’s finest achievements. The work’s opulent orchestration, yearning melodies and sumptuous harmonic colouring combine with great rhythmic drive to create one of the composer’s most masterful statements.
Based on a pastoral drama by the Greek poet Longus, the scenario for the original ballet was devised by Michel Fokine, a classically trained dancer and choreographer. Set in a meadow at the edge of a sacred wood where sheep graze and nymphs frolic, the tale unfolds of the love between the young shepherd Daphnis and his beautiful Chloé who is abducted by pirates but eventually rescued through the intervention of Pan, the shepherd-god of Arcadia. The story ends with the lovers’ blissful reunion.
We’re delighted to welcome Maestro Tortelier to work with our students as they prepare for this major event in our academic calendar. Chief Conductor with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Emeritus of the BBC Philharmonic, he is, of course, very well-known to Manchester audiences. Moreover, tonight he will guide our students as they perform his personally chosen selection of music from Ravel’s masterpiece.
Alongside contributions by Ambroise Thomas and Ravel, tonight’s programme is completed by Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto, performed by one of our Concerto Competition winners, Waynne Kwon.