Alain Altinoglu, the conductor of this evening’s concert, is making his debut with the LSO. The concert will open with Prokofiev’s “Overture on Hebrew Themes” and Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. l with soloist Gautier Capucon.
Ravel’s “Daphnis et Chloe” forms the second part of the evening. It was originally written as a ballet in one act and three scenes and described by Ravel as a “symphonie choreographique” (choreographic symphony), commissioned by Sergei Diaghilev for the Ballet Russes, who gave the first performance in 1912 conducted by Pierre Monteux. The LSC form the wordless chorus heard during the ballet, which is considered by many to be a masterpiece of orchestral writing.