Perth PH1 5HZ
Ravel Piano Concerto for the left hand
Debussy Prélude a l’apres midi d’un faune
Debussy La Mer
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
Joaquín Achúcarro, piano
*Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Voices
‘I have slandered the sea’ wrote Claude Debussy. ‘Today it is beautiful enough to defy all comparisons’. Yet 100 years after his death in 1918, Debussy’s La Mer is surely the most poetic seascape ever painted for an orchestra, the work of a composer whose quiet genius turned music into an art of limitless expressive subtlety. This centenary celebration opens with Nocturnes – Impressionist paintings, transformed into ravishing sound – and includes the Prélude whose unprecedented sensuality scandalised Belle Époque Paris. But there’s darkness as well as light: Thomas Dausgaard joins Joaquín Achúcarro in the brooding concerto that Debussy’s compatriot Ravel created for a pianist who’d lost an arm in the Great War.
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