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Jazzin' Around

feat. Gershwin, Milhaud, Giordani, Doucet & Copland

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Jazzin' Around

The rhythms and inflections of jazz have proved an irresistible draw to classical composers ever since the genre took off in popular culture at the beginning of the 1920s; and it's the fruits of this that we're celebrating with Jazzin' Around, although we open with a twist on that: a work not by a jazz-inspired classical composer, but by a composer of jazz and popular music who was inspired to dip his toes into classical: George Gershwin; and given that it was Gershwin's friendship and influence on Maurice Ravel that inspired Ravel's two magnificent jazz-tinged piano concertos, it's Gershwin's own Piano Concerto in F that we've chosen for you here, in the recording by Peter Donohoe with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Simon Rattle.

We then take things down to a much more intimate mood, nocturnal even, for Joyce Didonato singing Craig Terry's jazz arrangement of the eighteenth century arietta “Caro mio ben”. Next comes another twist on our theme: Darius Milhaud's zany ballet Le boeuf sur le toit, the Brazil-inspired work whose international success was responsible for him getting his first live taste of jazz. We've got his arrangement of it for violin and orchestra, played by Renaud Capuçon with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen under Daniel Harding.

Then comes Alexandre Tharaud performing Clément Doucet's solo piano jazz tribute to Chopin, before we close with David Schifrin as soloist in Copland's Clarinet Concerto, heard here with the New York Chamber Symphony under Gerard Schwarz.

Curation & Text: Natascha Klotschkoff, Charlotte Gardner

Speaker: Charlotte Gardner

Visual Art: Philipp Nicolai Hertel

  • Jazzin' Around

  • An introduction to Gershwin — Piano Concerto in F major

  • Piano Concerto in F major Preview Only

    George Gershwin

    Sir Simon Rattle, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Peter Donohoe1990
  • An introduction to Giordani — Caro mio ben

  • Caro mio ben Preview Only

    Giuseppe Giordani

    Joyce DiDonato, Craig Terry2018
  • An introduction to Milhaud — Le Bœuf sur le Toit op. 58

  • Le Bœuf sur le Toit op. 58 Preview Only

    Darius Milhaud

    Renaud Capuçon, Daniel Harding, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen2000
  • An introduction to Doucet — Chopinata »Fantaisie musicale dans un rythme de fox sur des motifs de Chopin«

  • Chopinata »Fantaisie musicale dans un rythme de fox sur des motifs de Chopin« Preview Only

    Clément Doucet

    Alexandre Tharaud2012
  • An introduction to Copland — Clarinet Concerto

  • Clarinet Concerto Preview Only

    Aaron Copland

    New York Chamber Symphony, Gerard Schwarz, David Shifrin1989

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