On Friday 25 and Saturday 26 November, Ludovic Morlot conducts the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in a programme of Milhaud, Mozart and Schumann.
The programme begins with Milhaud’s Le Bœuf sur le toit. Originally conceived as incidental music for a Charlie Chaplin silent film, the work was premiered in 1920 as a surrealist ballet, choreographed by Jean Cocteau. So well received was the ballet in Paris, that its name was adopted by a celebrated cabaret bar, to which Milhaud was given a life membership.
Ludovic is joined by flautist Jin Ta and harpist Gulnara Mashurova for a performance of Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto in C major, K.299/297c. One of only two double concertos written by Mozart, this is also the only work he penned for the harp.
The programme concludes with Robert Schumann’s glorious Symphony No. 1 in B-flat ‘Spring’. Having predominantly been composing for piano and voice, this was Schumann’s first foray into the orchestral repertoire, and he sketched out the symphony in just four days. Inspired by the poetry of Adolf Böttger, the symphony exudes lyricism and passion.
These performances mark Ludovic’s debut with the orchestra.