Sunday 4 Jun 2017, 6pmRoyal Festival Hall, London
Fabrizio Falasca violin
Fiona Cornall violin
Yukiko Ogura viola
Timothy Walden cello
Heidi Krutzen harp
Samuel Coles flute
Mark van de Wiel clarinet
Ravel Introduction et Allegro
Debussy Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp
Showcasing the full colour and expressive range of the harp, the sumptuous sounds of French Impressionism are juxtaposed with a late 20th-century protest piece. Debussy’s Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp is classically ‘Debussian’, with ambiguous harmonies, dream-like themes and instrumental colour.
Ravel’s Introduction et Allegro (for harp, flute, clarinet and string quartet) was commissioned to ‘show-off’ the Érard company’s new pedal harp in 1905, and explores the full resources of the solo instrument. Using the same orchestration of Ravel’s septet, David Heath’s Forest uses the harp as the voice of the natural world.
In the evening performance at 7.30pm, hear the Orchestra perform two choral masterpieces with Jérémie Rhorer and two stellar soloists.
This concert is part of the Philharmonia Chamber Players series