Evening Concert

Orion Weiss plays Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra


"The G-major Concerto took two years of work, you know." composer Maurice Ravel on his Piano Concerto in G. What were the circumstances that are reflected in that statement? Coninuing Ravel said "The opening theme came to me on a train between Oxford and London. But the initial idea is nothing. The work of chiseling then began. We've gone past the days when the composer was thought of as being struck by inspiration, feverishly scribbling down his thoughts on a scrap of paper. Writing music is seventy-five percent an intellectual activity."* Tonight at 7:00 on the Evening Concert on WILL-FM 90.9 Orion Weiss is the soloist in Ravel’s “Piano Concerto in G” with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Music Director Edo de Waart conducts.  Also on the program Faure’s “Suite from ‘Pelleas et Melisande’” and Stravinsky’s Petrouchka Ballet Music.

Monday February 16:  Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO #14-07) (of 13)          

Edo de Waart, conductor; *Orion Weiss, piano

Fauré: Suite from Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80

*Ravel: Concerto in G major for Piano and Orchestra

Stravinsky: Pétrouchka (1947 revision)

 [MSO fill: Hindemith: Mathis der Maler (archive material)]

*quotation by Ravel as quoted at wikipedia, [their original source = New York Philharmonic. "Muti, Uchida, Ravel and Schubert." The New York Philharmonic, program notes.]