Maurice Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales
Hector Berlioz: Les nuits d'été
Camille Saint-Saëns: Symphony No.3 in C minor (Organ)
Praised by The New York Times for her 'creamy singing', mezzo soprano Susan Graham performs Les nuits d'été by Berlioz - exquisite orchestral songs which make perfect listening for a summer evening.
Charles Dutoit has a special affinity with the music of both Berlioz and Ravel, and the programme opens with Ravel's witty Valses Nobles et Sentimentales. The waltzes began life as a piano suite before Ravel transformed them with his unique palette of orchestral colours.
The 'Organ' Symphony by Saint-Saëns is perhaps his most majestic achievement, with an expansive structure, virtuosic display and, of course, the grand sound of the organ adding richness to the orchestra.Performers
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Charles Dutoit conductor
Susan Graham mezzo-soprano
Stephen Disley organ