The sublime orchestration and great arches of sound of Elysium by Moussa conjure up the timeless paradise of Greek Antiquity. Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson performs Ravel’s Concerto in G, a dazzling, meditative, jazz-tinted work that is both light and brilliant. Then, the atmosphere drastically changes in the concert’s second half with Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony, haunted by the spectre of Stalin.
Samy Moussa, Elysium (12 min.)
Ravel, Piano Concerto in G major (23 min.)
Shostakovich, Symphony no. 10 in E minor, op. 93 (57 min.)