1920s Paris, The Crazy Years: Pulcinella and Paris
Part of 'Worlds Colliding' series
Our second Worlds Colliding concert brings a programme dedicated to 1920s Paris and Stravinsky's Pulcinella; a decade of music which combines the surreal, the bohemian and the bizarre.
Darius Milhaud's Le bœuf sur le toit inspired the name of the bar where Jean Cocteau met his artistic acolytes from 1921. Many of these artists contributed music and madness to Les Mariés de la Tour Eiffel (‘The Wedding Party on the Eiffel Tower’), Cocteau’s surreal tale of a Bastille Day wedding atop the Eiffel Tower featuring a spontaneously appearing telegraph office, guest-eating lions and an existential “child of the future”.
Pianist David Greilsammer, recognised as one of today’s most adventurous classical artists, features as soloist and director in Francis Poulenc’s C-sharp minor Concerto and other works including Maurice Ravel’s Pavane pour une infante défunte.
We're also joined by broadcaster Sandi Toksvig OBE who tells original, whimsical interpretations of the stories that encapsulate the concert’s music and theme. Sandi’s monologues, written by sister Jenifer Toksvig, include an original, satirical take on the story of Stravinsky’s 1920 Ballet Russe, Pulcinella, as well as a comedic interpretation of Jean Cocteau’s strange and nonsensical plot of Les Mariés de la Tour Eiffel.
RAVEL Pavane pour une infante défunte
MILHAUD Le bœuf sur le toit
STRAVINSKY Pulcinella Suite
'LES SIX' Les Mariés de la Tour Eiffel: Overture (Auric), La Valse des Dépêches (Tailleferre), La Baigneuse de Trouville (Poulenc)
POULENC Piano Concerto in C-sharp minor
City of London Sinfonia
David Greilsammer Piano/Conductor
Sandi Toksvig Presenter
Jenifer Toksvig Writer
There will be a 20-minute interval
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