Norfolk Symphony Orchestra March

Sun 25 Mar

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Impressionist France

Debussy               Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Ravel                    Le Tombeau de Couperin
Chausson             Poème
Ravel                    Daphnis & Chloé Suite No.2

Ernest Chausson’s admiration for Wagner’s music is very clear in his music, although it is lightened by a typically French sweetness and grace. Like so much of Chausson’s small musical output, it yearns and burns with an intense and poignant sensuality.

Even more warmly sensual and intoxicating is Debussy’s wonderful Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune. His music seems to float – it is clear that one thing is in no hurry to lead to another. As he said, “There is no theory…pleasure is the law”.

Finally, two highly contrasting works by Ravel; Le Tombeau de Couperin is a sweet and poignant set of pieces, originally for piano, which Ravel wrote in memory of friends lost in the First World War. The ballet Daphnis et Chloé returns us to the warmth and lustfulness of classical Greece. Suite No.2, contains the most famous depiction of sunrise in all music. An extremely passionate seduction follows, and we end with the wild and tumultuous Dense Générale.

Beauty and passion, done the French way…surely a truly exciting day to look forward to.

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