Debussy’s La mer
Friday 10 November, 7:45 pm| £10 - £29
FRIDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2017, 7.45pm
£10 – £29
Dukas The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Dutilleux Tout un monde lointain
Debussy La mer
Ravel La valse
Rafael Payare CONDUCTOR
Alisa Weilerstein CELLO
An evening of French music to capture the imagination! Debussy’s La mer is a richly iridescent set of three sketches reflecting three moods of the sea, one of the composer’s most fêted works. But this isn’t programme music, it’s an impressionistic milestone that vividly evokes colour, light and atmosphere – you can practically taste the sea air!
Dutilleux’s Tout un monde lointain is one of the most important 20th century additions to the repertoire for cello. Inspired by the poetry of Charles Baudelaire, the title translates as ‘A Whole World Distant’ and the work is mysterious and dreamlike. It was written for Mstislav Rostropovich and there is no one better to perform it than Alisa Weilerstein, one of the leading musicians of her generation and for whom Rostropovich is a huge inspiration.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Dukas’ tale of a magician-in-training whose unsupervised attempt to use magic to complete his chores, has been made universally famous by a certain cartoon mouse, whilst Ravel’s La valse started as a tribute to the work of Johann Strauss, but, written in 1919, its brooding character reflects the cloud of war hanging over the waltzing couples of Vienna.
Free pre-concert talk at 7pm with soloist Alisa Weilerstein. All welcome.