The evening opens with the greatest French composer of his time. Debussy’s Le Petite Suite, originally written for two pianos but orchestrated by his friend Henri Büsser, is a relatively simple work, with a dreamily sensuous flow; it first two movements set poems by the symboliste Paul Verlaine. It is followed by Faure’s Pavane, a sunken ballroom dance that glides by on effortless orchestration. British composer Charlotte Bray (At the Speed of Stillness) then provides a new arrangment of Bach, before the Sinfonia moves to the interwar era for Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin, a light-hearted evocation of baroque forms that ranks among the composer’s most playful works.
Finally, the concert and the season come to a close with Durufle’s Requiem, a meditative classic that melds the innovations of impressionism with the grace of Gregorian plainchant. Mezzo Helen Charlston and baritone Roderick Williams will be the soloists. It is difficult to think of a more enchanting London setting for this uniquely soaring piece.
|Paris Reflected, Southwark Cathedral
|Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, Southwark, London, SE1 JDA | MAP
|London Bridge (underground)
On 20 Apr 16, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
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