Thursday 28 May 2015, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor

Pierre-Laurent Aimard piano

Samuel Coles flute

Sophie Bevan soprano

Anna Stéphany mezzo soprano

Valérie Hartmann-Claverie other

Philharmonia Voices (Ladies) choir

Debussy Syrinx

Debussy La damoiselle élue


Messiaen Turangalîla-symphonie

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.

Image: The Pigalle Métro

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

City of Light: Paris 1900 - 1950 conceived and supported by Vincent Meyer, President Philharmonia Orchestra