City Of Light: Turangalîla-Symphonie

Thursday 28 May 2015, 7.30pm
Royal Festival Hall, London

Concert

Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor

Pierre-Laurent Aimard piano
Samuel Coles flute
Sophie Bevan soprano
Anna Stephany mezzo soprano
Philharmonia Voices (Ladies) chorus

An exploration of nostalgic yearning and the triumphant fulfilment of love climaxes the City of Light series. Lamentation at lost love in the solo flute’s magical evocation of the amorous God Pan introduces Debussy’s early Wagner-inspired cantata based on Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s mystic poem of love dreams. Fulfilment comes with Messiaen’s gargantuan Song of Love, a celebration of the Tristanesque love-death here expressing superhuman joy that is overflowing, dazzling and abandoned.

This concert is part of the City of Light: Paris 1900 - 1950 series

The City of Light: Paris 1900 - 1950 series is supported by The Meyer Foundation

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