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Friday 11 November 2022 at 7.30pm
Saturday 12 November 2022 at 7.30pm

Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall

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From a concert attendee:

An absolutely fabulous concert! Tears to my eyes at times... How fortunate we are to have Maestro Martin as chief conductor! He is so passionate and full of fun and a most exciting conductor who draws out exciting music from the musicians.

Watch on MSO.LIVE

Selections from this performance are available to stream on MSO.LIVE.

Stream Concierto de Aranjuez

Stream Boléro

Stream Three Cornered Hat: Suites 1 & 2

Stream Rapsodie espagnole



Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Martín conductor
Pablo Sáinz-Villegas guitar


Ravel Rapsodie Espagnole
Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez
de Falla Three Cornered Hat: Suites 1 & 2
Ravel Boléro

About this performance

Be transported to the landscape of Spain with vivacious and colourful works from Ravel, Rodrigo and de Falla.

  • Maurice Ravel had a lifelong affinity for Spanish culture and music; his mother hailed from Basque Country straddling the border of France and Spain. Rapsodie Espagnole was Ravel’s first composition for orchestra. A mysterious, intoxicating four-note motif dominates the opening, followed by two passages inspired by dance forms and a festive conclusion.
  • Classical and folk traditions converge in Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez, featuring “the soul of the Spanish guitar” Pablo Sáinz-Villegas. Proving that inspiration can strike anywhere, the melody for the seductive second movement of this work came to Rodrigo whilst he was waiting for a tram!
  • de Falla’s Three Cornered Hat began life as the accompanying music of a pantomime play. At the encouragement of Serge Diagilev of the Ballet Russes, de Falla expanded the score into a full ballet. The two orchestral suites string together vignettes from the completed ballet in the original order.
  • Boléro is one of the most famous pieces in the orchestral repertoire. Ravel gradually builds a crescendo over fifteen minutes, floating winding melodies over a persistent snare drum.

Duration: approx. 105 minutes including interval

*Please note: de Falla's El Amor Brujo will no longer be performed as part of this program.

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