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Jan Lisiecki courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon. Photo credit: Holger Hage.

Preview: Lisiecki and Ravel at the NAC—04.17.19 & 04.18.19

By Madeline Paiva on April 17, 2019

The National Arts Centre Orchestra presents their program of Ravel and Vivier on April 17 and 18 at the National Arts Centre. Led by conductor Alexander Shelley and joined by guest musicians, pianist Jan Lisiecki and soprano Erin Wall, the NAC Orchestra will highlight the masterful works of composers Maurice Ravel and Claude Vivier.

Maurice Ravel, the France-born composer, is known for his jazz-inspired style and inspiration from dance. The NAC Orchestra will be performing his Suite from Ma Mere l’Oye (Mother Goose), his Concerto in G, and his Bolero. Ravel’s Suite is reflective of his affection for children as his two closest friends were the Godebski children, whom he wrote piano pieces for. The five component parts of the Suite were inspired by the children’s favourite fairy tales. The Concerto in G was primarily written between 1929 and 1931 and was performed first in Paris in 1932. The piece is influenced by numerous elements and styles like that of the Basques, and jazz. Bolero, the quite popular piece, was first performed in Paris in 1928 and was written for dancer Ida Rubinstein. The piece is characterized by its climactic shift in both style and key, and its opulent melodies.

Led by conductor Alexander Shelley and joined by guest musicians, pianist Jan Lisiecki and soprano Erin Wall, the NAC Orchestra will highlight the masterful works of composers Maurice Ravel and Claude Vivier.

Claude Vivier, the Montreal-born composer, is well known for his unique compositions and style that combine a multitude of sound. He, unfortunately, met his tragic and early death at 34, when he was murdered in his apartment in Paris. He, however, was a highly regarded Canadian composer already at the time. The Orchestra will perform his Lonely Child. Vivier’s Lonely Child is distinct for its chaotic, but coherent harmony. The piece was composed for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 1980 and is a combination of music, lyrics, and invented language.

The program begins with Ravel’s Suite from Ma Mere l’Oye (Mother Goose). The suite is sixteen minutes long and comprised of five parts: I. Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant (Pavane of the Sleeping Beauty), II. Petit Poucet (Hop o’ My Thumb), III. Laideronnette, impératrice des Pagodes (Laideronnette, Empress of the Pagodas), IV. Les Entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête (Conversations of Beauty and the Beast), and V. Le jardin féérique (The Fairy Garden).The program moves to Vivier’s Lonely Child, with the NAC Orchestra accompanied by soprano Erin Wall. Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G follows, accompanied by pianist Jan Lisiecki. The piece is made up of three parts Allegramente, Adagio assai, and Presto. The performance ends with Ravel’s Bolero.


The NAC Orchestra performs Lisiecki and Ravel at the National Arts Centre April 17 and 18 at 8pm. The performance runs approximately 2 hours, including intermission. Tickets are available online and range from $48 to $106. Student tickets and Live Rush are available for this performance.


 

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