E. Chabrier, Suite pastorale
F. Poulenc, Concert champêtre
C. Debussy, arr. Colin Matthews Three Preludes
C. Debussy, Le mer, trois esquisses symphoniques pour orchestra
We will announce the arrival of spring with a programme that awakens images of nature, from scenes of green, blooming pastures, to the vast and ever restless sea. We have selected works by French composers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as it is the French music tradition that has for centuries been the most inclined towards the picturesque, and towards the “translation” of scenes from nature into musical language.
Suite pastorale by the Romantic composer and admirer of Impressionist painters Chabrier will be followed by Poulenc’s Neo-Baroque and humorous harpsichord concerto, which is also imbued with moments of lyrical melancholy.
We will discover the world of Debussy, the Impressionist painter of sonic landscapes, through arrangements of his piano preludes and his popular “symphonic sketches” brought together in the triptych entitled Le mer (The Sea).
In order to reveal the rich shades of colour our orchestra possesses, the conductor’s baton will serve as a paint brush in the hand of British conductor Catherine Larsen-Maguire (1971), a former bassoonist of the Komische Oper Berlin. In Poulenc’s concerto, we will be joined on stage by the young, but already world-renowned harpsichord virtuoso Jean Rondeau (1991), who won the competition of the festival Musica Antiqua in Bruges at only twenty years of age.