Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Boléro

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Lili Boulanger
D’un matin de printemps
Germaine Tailleferre
Ballade for piano and orchestra
Satie (orch. Debussy)
Two Gymnopédies No.1 & No.3
Milhaud
Suite, Le boeuf sur le toit
Bizet
Suite, L’Arlésienne
Cécile Chaminade
Concertino for flute and orchestra
Ravel
Boléro
Jessica Cottis
conductor
Alexandra Dariescu
piano
Cormac Henry
flute

Classic Intro - 6.15pm, Music Room (Thursday only)
Dr Laura Hamer from The Open University with BBC Radio Merseyside’s Angela Heslop in conversation around the works by women composers on tonight’s programme, including Lili Boulanger, Germaine Tailleferre and Cécile Chaminade.

‘He’s mad!’ cried an audience member at the first performance of Ravel’s Boléro. ‘She’s right!’ said Ravel. And who’d have guessed that a simple rhythm, a smoky tune and a dash of Ravel’s special magic would still be driving audiences crazy nine decades later? Boléro is just the climax of this colourful concert, which features evocative lost masterpieces by not one but three brilliant Frenchwomen, as well as Milhaud’s uproarious cakewalk through 1920s Paris. Jessica Cottis leads the revels, joined by the charismatic Alexandra Dariescu and the Orchestra’s own principal flautist, Cormac Henry.

The ABO Trust received a generous gift from Diana Ambache to run a new fund, Sirens, which aims to raise awareness and appreciation of the music written by historical women from around the world. Liverpool Philharmonic is one of the first recipients.

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