Bolero

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From advertisements for insurance to gruelling beep tests: few classical compositions have become so omnipresent as the Boléro. Maurice Ravel’s instantly recognisable ‘study in orchestration’, based on a continuously recurring motif, concludes our symphonic season. We have paired it with the same composer’s Piano Concerto in G major. Ravel drew inspiration for both works from the popular jazz styles of his time and the two have been linked ever since the concerto’s world premiere. August De Boeck’s Romantic Nocturne brings our principal conductor Alain Altinoglu’s exploration of Belgian symphonic music to a close for this season. The programme also includes the light-hearted Carnaval des animaux by Camille Saint-Saëns, which will see our maestro take to the piano himself.

Program and cast

Programme


AUGUST DE BOECK
Nocturne (1931)


MAURICE RAVEL
Concerto en Sol majeur pour Piano et orchestre (1931)


CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS
le Carnaval des animaux (1886/1922)


MAURICE RAVEL
Boléro (1928)


Cast


Conductor: ALAIN ALTINOGLU

Piano: CÉDRIC TIBERGHIEN & ALAIN ALTINOGLU

La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra

Production: DE MUNT / LA MONNAIE
Co-production: BOZAR MUSIC

La Monnaie

The Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie is an Opera house in Brussels, Belgium. Both of its names translate as Royal Theatre of the Mint.


Today the National Opera of Belgium, a federal institution, takes the name of the theatre in which it is housed. Therefore, la Monnaie or de Munt refers both to the structure as well as the opera company.


As Belgium's leading opera house it is one of the few cultural institutions which receives financial support from the federal government of Belgium. Other opera houses in Belgium, such as the Vlaamse Opera and the Opéra Royal de Wallonie, are funded by regional governments.

Johan Jacobs
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