Liverpool Mozart Orchestra: French Influences

Saturday, 23 March 2019 Time: 6.45pm

NB: There will be a pre-concert talk at 6.45pm and the concert at 7.30pm.


Sibelius – Pelléas et Mélisande

Chopin – Piano Concerto No.2

Poulenc – Sinfonietta


Conductor:  Jonathan Small

Piano:  Luke Jones


LMO welcomes back conductor Jonathan Small to conduct its March concert, which has a French thread running through.  The Belgian playwright Maurice Maeterlink, although Flemish, always wrote in French.  Sibelius wrote incidental music to his 1892 play Pelléas et Mélisande in 1905.  Music of great contrasts, it is perhaps best known for the opening movement “At The Castle Gate” which is the theme of the world's longest-running TV programme, The Sky at Night.  Chopin was just 19 when he composed his Piano Concerto No.2.  A year later he finished his formal education and went to live in Paris, eventually becoming a French citizen.  Chopin’s style was already becoming apparent and the majestic opening movement is followed by what one critic called a movement of “indescribable beauty”.  The Rondo finale has all the technical demands you would expect of Chopin, which our soloist Luke Jones will undoubtedly handle with aplomb.  Finally we will perform Francis Poulenc’s delightful Sinfonietta.  A pupil of Erik Satie, Poulenc was one of the group of young French composers known as “Les Six”.  The four movement work is typical of his orchestral style and is light and full of dance rhythms, bringing the concert to a very French end.

Ticket Details

£15 (Seniors £13.50, Students 17 and over £5, 16 and under FREE) 

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