The Cleveland Orchestra: Style & Craft
About this event
This broadcast features music by two supremely talented composers early in their careers — one French, one English, and both with a great gift for melody and form, style, and craft.
Frenchman Maurice Ravel wrote a short sonata movement to enter into a magazine contest in 1903. The piece was disqualified on a technicality, but soon enough expanded into a three-movement work, Sonatine, that gained admirers everywhere — onstage and off.
Three decades later, an acquaintance asked the young Benjamin Britten to complete a brand-new commission on a very short deadline. The resulting homage to Britten’s teacher Frank Bridge was given its premiere at the world-famous Salzburg Festival just three months later, adding to Britten’s newly surging reputation. Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge aptly mirrors Bridge’s wide-ranging musical taste and dynamic personality, from Viennese waltz to a march, from funeral march to beguiling opera aria.
Concert – approx. 50 min
This concert was recorded live in May 2021 at Severance Music Center, Cleveland, OH.
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