Ravel & Concertos
February 1, 2015
This is a concert that will showcase both the brilliance of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra as a whole and the astonishing talent of some of its constituent members.
Bookending the program are two brilliant and contrasting works that would push any orchestra to its limit. First is Schoenberg’s powerful, kaleidoscopic, expressionist masterpiece Five Pieces for Orchestra. Although written in the atonal style that is reputed to be “difficult,” the Five Pieces ride the crest of such an intense wave of emotional expression that they never fail to make a powerful impression on audiences, who often find themselves liking “difficult” Schoenberg for the first time.
Nobody has difficulty with the Second Suite from Ravel’s ballet Daphnis and Chloe. It is a piece that for years seemed to float in the air above Symphony Hall because of the innumerable performances given by the BSO under Munch, Monteux, and a host of other conductors. It is lavish in its scoring but, like all Ravel, extraordinarily lapidary in the exactness of its craftsmanship and the ravishing beauty of its harmonic invention.
In between these two masterpieces lies the heart of this program. You will hear a group of concertos, or concerto movements, played by the winners of the BPYO concerto competition. You will be amazed and moved by the extraordinary depth, skill, and maturity of these young players.