BBC Radio 3 will clear its schedule on Friday to dedicate the day to French composer Maurice Ravel, on what would have been his 139th birthday.
The station is planning a concert by Ravel pianist Pascal Roge and his wife Ami, who perform Ravel’s rarely heard own two piano arrangement of Bolero, and a concert from the Nash Ensemble including two of Ravel’s chamber music masterpieces.
In addition, Chanson Madecasses will be performed by former Radio 3 New Generation Artist Clara Mouriz and new interpretation of Ravel’s Bolero by beatboxer Shlomo.
The day starts with A Revel Breakfast with Petroc Trelawney, followed by Essential Ravel with Sarah Walker. The special programmes continue all day including a special edition of In Tune with Suzy Klein containing live music from violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen and pianist Huw Watkins who will play the Sonata in G.
There will also be an exclusive performance from beatboxer Shlomo, who will be live on Radio 3 from the Radio 1 Live Lounge with a beat-box remix of Ravel’s ‘Bolero’ (with added Hammond organ and chamber organ). He’ll be live on air at around 6pm and the performance will be filmed for online.
Throughout the day the music will be complemented by a series of new downloads, Ravel Revealed, which will look at aspects of Ravel’s life and art. There’ll be a chance to hear some rare archive alongside commentary from interpreters performing today such as the soprano Jessye Norman, the violinist Maxim Vengerov and the conductor Charles Dutoit.