||Berlioz ‘Roman Carnival’
Ravel ‘Rapsodie Espagnole’
Rodrigo ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’
Respighi ‘Roman Festivals’
This programme burns with Mediterranean heat and passion, opening with an exuberant overture, one of Berlioz's most popular works. Ravel's Spanish "Rapsodie" has three short movements of sensuous colour and elegance and a dazzling finale. Staying in Spain, the Rodrigo is perhaps the most well known of all guitar concertos, especially its evocative slow movement. Respighi said that "Roman Festivals", his vivid celebration of ancient Rome, represented his absolute peak of orchestral sonority and colour. It's certainly that!