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Explore Pelléas et Mélisande

JP Morgan Pavilion, Southbank Centre
Sunday 23 Nov 2014, 1.00pm

Caroline Potter | Caroline Rae | Richard Langham Smith | Rowan Pierce (soprano) | Paul McKenzie (piano)

An afternoon of talks exploring Debussy’s seminal opera Pelléas et Mélisande led by musicologists Caroline Potter, Caroline Rae and Richard Langham Smith.

Tickets: £12 | To book call the Philharmonia Orchestra box office Freephone 0800 652 6717

Image: Sacré-Cœur 

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Pelléas et Mélisande

Royal Festival Hall
Thursday 27 Nov 2014, 7.00pm

Conductor | Esa-Pekka Salonen

Stéphane Degout | Sandrine Piau | Laurent Naouri | Felicity Palmer | Jérôme Varnier | David Wilson-Johnson | Chloé Briot | Philharmonia Voices

Debussy’s only completed opera is a landmark in 20th century music. It is widely considered to be a perfect fusion of the French language and music, fulfilling the composer’s wish to ‘graft his dream’ on a text. Maeterlinck’s symbolist drama, focusing on a claustrophobic love triangle in the imaginary city of Allemonde, is made unforgettably poignant by Debussy’s music. This concert performance is sure to be a highlight of the City of Light series.

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Duruflé Requiem

St Martin in Roath, Church in Wales, Albany Road, Cardiff
Wednesday 3 Dec 2014, 7.00pm

Cardiff University Chamber Choir

Programme to include: 

PIERRE VILLETTE

Motets

VIERNE, WIDOR, DUPRÉ 

Works for organ

ANDRÉ CAPLET

Messe à trois voix 

DURUFLÉ

Requiem 

Image: Sacré-Cœur, the Roman Catholic Church and Basilica 

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Piano Works: Debussy, Ravel & Poulenc

Cardiff University Concert Hall
Tuesday 9 Dec 2014, 7.00pm

Caroline Rae (piano) | Iwan Llewelyn-Jones (piano)

City of Light opens in Cardiff with an exploration of the beguiling and innovative sounds of French piano music. Music by Debussy, Ravel and Poulenc from World War I is juxtaposed with the radical primitivism of rarely heard works by Jolivet, while Dutilleux’s investigations of expressive resonance reveal French fascination for the magic of timbre.

DEBUSSY

En blanc et noir

RAVEL

Le tombeau de Couperin

POULENC

Sonata for piano duet

DUTILLEUX

Figures de Résonances 

JOLIVET

Mana

Hopi Snake Dance 

Image: Debussy’s piano photographed in his house in St Germain-en-Laye 

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Pre-concert Talk: Spectacle-Concert

Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Royal College of Music
Thursday 29 Jan 2015, 6.15pm

Caroline Potter | Caroline Rae

French music scholars Caroline Potter and Caroline Rae discuss music by Darius Milhaud and Les Six.

Free to concert ticket holders

Image: La rotonde de la Villette

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Spectacle-Concert

Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Royal College of Music
Thursday 29 Jan 2015, 7.30pm

RCM Symphony Orchestra | Timothy Lines (conductor)

A programme based around a ‘spectacle-concert’ promoted by Jean Cocteau on 21 February 1920 at the Comédie des Champs- Elysées.

MILHAUD 

La création du monde, Op. 81

POULENC

Cocardes 

SATIE

Trois petites pièces montées

MILHAUD

Cocktail (for voice and four clarinets)

MILHAUD

Le bœuf sur le toit, Op. 58

LES SIX

Les Mariés de la Tour Eiffel 

 

Pre-concert talk: Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, 6.15pm
Caroline Potter and Caroline Rae 
French music scholars Caroline Potter and Caroline Rae discuss music by Darius Milhaud and Les Six.
Free to concert ticket holders

 

Tickets: £15, £10
Royal College of Music Box Office
020 7591 4314 or rcm.ac.uk/events

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Explore The City of Light

Portico Rooms, Somerset House, London
Sunday 1 Feb 2015, 10.30am

Caroline Potter | Caroline Rae | Simon Shaw-Miller | Roy Howat (piano)

A day of talks and live music exploring Parisian music, culture and society from 1900 to 1950 with a distinguished group of musicians and academics including Caroline Potter, Caroline Rae, Roy Howat and Simon Shaw-Miller.

Tickets: £12 | To book call the Philharmonia Orchestra box office Freephone 0800 652 6717

Image: Avenue des Champs Élysées at night 

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Milhaud, Dutilleux & Lili Boulanger

Recital Hall, Royal College of Music
Tuesday 3 Feb 2015, 7.30pm

Royal College of Music

Free entry

MILHAUD

La Cheminée du Roi René, Op. 205

DEBUSSY

Première rhapsodie

DUTILLEUX

Sonatine

PIERNÉ

Introduction et variations sur une ronde populaire 

LILI BOULANGER

Nocturne

DUTILLEUX

Sarabande et Cortège

GROVLEZ

Sarabande et Allegro

KOECHLIN

Wind Septet, Op. 165 

Image: Montmartre 

 

FREE BUT TICKETS REQUIRED
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Les Six, Ravel & Debussy

Recital Hall, Royal College of Music
Tuesday 10 Feb 2015, 7.30pm

Royal College of Music

Free entry

LILI BOULANGER

Thème et Variations    

RAVEL

Gaspard de la nuit    

DEBUSSY

Estampes 

LES SIX

L'Album des Six

SATIE

Parade (ballet réaliste en un tableau) 

DEBUSSY 

L’isle Joyeuse    

Image: Ravel’s house in Monfort 

 

FREE BUT TICKETS REQUIRED
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City of Light: Pre-concert talk

Royal Festival Hall
Thursday 12 Feb 2015, 6.00pm

Caroline Potter

Free entry

Dr Caroline Potter introduces the evening's programme

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L'enfant et Les Sortilèges

Royal Festival Hall
Thursday 12 Feb 2015, 7.30pm

Conductor | Esa-Pekka Salonen

Barbara Hannigan | Mitsuko Uchida | Chloé Briot | Elodie Méchain | Andrea Hill | Omo Bello | Sabine Devieilhe | Jean-Sébastien Bou | François Piolino | Nicolas Courjal | Philharmonia Voices | Irina Brown

The City of Light series continues with Ravel’s beguiling fantasy opera of magic and enchantment in which animals and household objects come to life to teach a rebellious child the errors of his ways. Setting Colette’s text, Ravel’s luxuriant music is both witty and profound. His exuberantly jazzy G major Piano Concerto explores a rich palette of orchestral colours that juxtapose with the darker warmth of Dutilleux’s powerfully expressive song-cycle.

Image: Ravel's desk photographed in his house in Monfort

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Dutilleux Correspondances

Ravel Piano Concerto in Gbiography | programme note

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Ravel L'Enfant et les Sortilèges (semi-staged; sung in French with English surtitles)biography | programme note

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Piano Works: Messiaen & Stravinsky

Cardiff University Concert Hall
Tuesday 17 Feb 2015, 7.00pm

Peter Hill (piano) | Benjamin Frith (piano)

The Welsh premiere of Messiaen’s recently discovered bird-song piece is followed by two of the greatest virtuoso works of the 20th-century two-piano repertoire: Stravinsky’s arrangement of his revolutionary ballet The Rite of Spring and Messiaen’s supremely expressive celebration of faith in Visions de l’Amen. Join us for a feast of discovery with one of the UK’s leading piano duos.

MESSIAEN

La fauvette passerinette 

STRAVINSKY

The Rite of Spring 

MESSIAEN

Visions de l’Amen 

Image: The gates of the Jardin du Luxembourg 

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Stravinsky, Debussy & Ravel

Recital Hall, Royal College of Music
Tuesday 17 Feb 2015, 7.30pm

Royal College of Music

Free entry

STRAVINSKY 

Three Pieces for String Quartet

VIERNE

Rhapsody for Harp, Op. 25

RAVEL

Introduction et Allegro

DEBUSSY

Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp

DEBUSSY

Sérénade (reconstructed Robert Orledge)

RAVEL

String Quartet in F major 

Image: The view from Sacré-Cœur 

 

FREE BUT TICKETS REQUIRED
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020 7591 4314 or rcm.ac.uk/events

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Stravinsky The Firebird

De Montfort Hall, Leicester
Tuesday 17 Feb 2015, 7.30pm

Conductor | Esa-Pekka Salonen

Pierre-Laurent Aimard

We’re delighted to bring to Leicester Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen’s flagship project, City of Light: Paris 1900-1950. The Franco-Russian connection in the early 1900s, epitomised by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, produced orchestral music of unmatched luxuriant colour. The ballet music Stravinsky composed for Diaghilev, inspired by an exotic Russian legend, is paired with the dark, brooding colours of Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand.

This concert is supported by the Friends of the Philharmonia.

Image: Ravel's piano photographed in his house in Monfort

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Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand

The Anvil, Basingstoke
Wednesday 18 Feb 2015, 7.45pm

Conductor | Esa-Pekka Salonen

Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Ravel’s delicate and touching evocation of fairy-tales opens this concert that explores the musical landscape of Paris after World War I. Probably the most successful of a number of pieces commissioned by Paul Wittgenstein, Ravel’s concerto shows the composer responding to the constraints of using only one hand on the piano with imaginative orchestral colouring and rhythmic subtlety. Stravinsky’s first big success, The Firebird, is a colourful ballet score based on a Russian folk tale in which the young hero overcomes a fierce demon with the protection of a magic feather from the fabled firebird.

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Satie Furniture Music

Clore Ballroom Floor, Royal Festival Hall
Thursday 19 Feb 2015, 6.00pm

Royal College of Music

Free entry

Free pre-concert chamber music

Programme to include Musique d’ameublement (‘Furniture Music’) by Satie.

Image: Ravel’s house in Monfort-l'Amaury

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Ravel & Stravinsky

Royal Festival Hall
Thursday 19 Feb 2015, 7.30pm

Conductor | Esa-Pekka Salonen

Camilla Nylund | Pierre-Laurent Aimard

The Franco-Russian connection in the early 1900s, epitomised by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, produced orchestral music of unmatched luxuriant colour. The ballet music Stravinsky composed for Diaghilev, inspired by an exotic Russian legend, is paired with Ravel’s lush song cycle and the dark colours of his Piano Concerto for the Left Hand.

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Cardiff: Ravel & Stravinsky

St David's Hall, Cardiff
Friday 20 Feb 2015, 7.30pm

Conductor | Esa-Pekka Salonen

Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Story-telling, legends and make-believe lie at the heart of the fairytale world of Ravel's exquisite musical nursery tales and in the colourful barbaric splendour of Stravinsky's Firebird. One of the world's leading conductors and the Philharmonia's principal conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen, is unmatched in the glittering orchestral virtuosity of these works. One of today's wizards of the piano, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, joins him in Ravel's sparkling Piano Concerto with its Mozartian slow movement.

Image: Locks on the Pont des Arts bridge

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Pre-concert Talk: Ravel, Stravinsky & Koechlin

Royal Festival Hall
Thursday 26 Feb 2015, 6.15pm

Caroline Potter

Caroline Potter introduces Koechlin’s Les heures persanes and the Boulanger première.

Free to concert ticket holders

Image: Pont des Arts bridge

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Ravel, Stravinsky & Koechlin

Royal Festival Hall
Thursday 26 Feb 2015, 7.30pm

Conductor | Jac van Steen

Royal College of Music Orchestra and Chorus

The world première of a vivacious march, lost for almost a century. An exotic evocation of a journey through 19th-century Persia. Ravel and Stravinsky's most celebrated ballet scores.

This colourful concert showcases the talents of the Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra, which brings together outstanding young musicians from around the globe, and sees the world première of Lili Boulanger's Marche gaie.

Image: The Pont Alexandre III bridge
 

Pre-concert talk: Royal Festival Hall, 6.15pm
Caroline Potter introduces Koechlin’s Les Heures Persanes and the Boulanger première.
Free to concert ticket holders
 

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Boulanger Marche gaie World première

Koechlin La caravane (rêve, pendant la sieste) Les Heures Persanes

Koechlin A travers les rues Les Heures Persanes

Koechlin A l'ombre, près de la fontaine de marbre Les Heures Persanes

Koechlin Derviches dans la nuit - Clair de lune sur la place déserte Les Heures Persanes

Ravel Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2biography | programme note

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Stravinsky The Rite of Springbiography | programme note

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Gould Piano Trio: Debussy, Poulenc & Ravel

Cardiff University Concert Hall
Tuesday 3 Mar 2015, 7.00pm

Gould Piano Trio

Debussy and Ravel’s jewels of the Piano Trio repertoire frame Ravel’s innovative and unusual Sonata for Violin and Cello dedicated to Debussy’s memory, and a near forgotten treasure inspired by the tragedy of war, Poulenc’s Sonata for Violin and Piano.

DEBUSSY

Piano Trio

RAVEL

Sonata for Violin and Cello 

POULENC

Sonata for Violin and Piano

RAVEL

Piano Trio 

Image: Café le Dôme in Montparnasse 

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Performing Messiaen

Cardiff University Concert Hall
Tuesday 24 Mar 2015, 7.00pm

Natalie Raybould (soprano) | Dominic Saunders (piano)
with Jane Manning

An evening of discovery focused on Messiaen’s gargantuan song-cycle exploring themes of love and death composed during the dark years of the German Occupation of Paris. Jane Manning and Caroline Rae explore Messiaen’s inspirational ideas and techniques before a complete performance given by Natalie Raybould and Dominic Saunders.

Image: La Rotonde Café in Montparnasse 

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A Voice Masterclass With Jane Manning

Cardiff University Concert Hall
Wednesday 25 Mar 2015, 12.00pm

Jane Manning (soprano)

Jane Manning gives a masterclass focussing on Messiaen’s song cycles as part of a City of Light Explore Day with illustrated talks led by Caroline Rae and Caroline Potter.

Image: Jardin des Tuileries 

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Cardiff University Choir and Orchestra: Debussy & Ravel

St David’s Hall Cardiff
Friday 27 Mar 2015, 7.30pm

Mark Eager (conductor) | Jeremy Huw Williams (baritone) | Stephen Walsh (narrator) | Cardiff University Chamber Choir and Orchestra

Two world premières and a UK première. Debussy’s forgotten ballet No-ja-li ou le Palais de Silence and miniature Tristan Prélude are brought to life by the completions of Robert Orledge who introduces the performances with Caroline Rae. Juxtaposed with the UK premiere of Jolivet’s luxuriant and beguiling song-cycle written for Pierre Bernac, the Poèmes intimes, these exciting new discoveries complement much loved works by Debussy and Ravel in a concert that showcases students from Cardiff University.

DEBUSSY

Nocturnes

JOLIVET

Poèmes intimes (UK première)

DEBUSSY

L’Histoire de Tristan – Prélude (world première)

No-ja-li ou le Palais de Silence (world première) completed by Robert Orledge 

RAVEL

La valse 

Image: Jardin des Tuileries 

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City of Light: Paris 1900-1950: Conference

Institut Français, London
Wednesday 27 - Friday 29 May 2015

This conference links with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Royal College of Music's French season and will feature international delegates giving papers on the social, cultural and artistic context of the music of the period. More information at www.institut-francais.org.uk 

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Paris: Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Messiaen

Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris
Wednesday 27 May 2015, 8.00pm

Conductor | Esa-Pekka Salonen

Pierre-Laurent Aimard | Valérie Hartmann-Claverie

This concert showcases Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie, the composer's gargantuan Song of Love, a celebration of the Tristanesque love-death here expressing superhuman joy that is overflowing, dazzling and abandoned.

Image: The ornate chairs of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

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City of Light: Pre-concert talk

Royal Festival Hall
Thursday 28 May 2015, 6.00pm

Caroline Rae

Free entry

Dr Caroline Rae introduces the evening's programme

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Turangalîla-Symphonie

Royal Festival Hall
Thursday 28 May 2015, 7.30pm

Conductor | Esa-Pekka Salonen

Pierre-Laurent Aimard | Samuel Coles | Sophie Bevan | Anna Stéphany | Valérie Hartmann-Claverie | Philharmonia Voices (Ladies)

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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Luxembourg: Ravel & Stravinsky

Philharmonie, Luxembourg
Monday 1 Jun 2015, 8.00pm

Conductor | Esa-Pekka Salonen

Pierre-Laurent Aimard

The Franco-Russian connection in the early 1900s, epitomised by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, produced orchestral music of unmatched luxuriant colour. The ballet music Stravinsky composed for Diaghilev, inspired by an exotic Russian legend, is paired with the dark, brooding colours of Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand.

Image: The Jardin du Luxembourg

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Vienna: Ravel & Stravinsky

Wiener Konzerthaus, Vienna
Tuesday 2 Jun 2015, 7.30pm

Conductor | Esa-Pekka Salonen

Pierre-Laurent Aimard

The Franco-Russian connection in the early 1900s, epitomised by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, produced orchestral music of unmatched luxuriant colour. The ballet music Stravinsky composed for Diaghilev, inspired by an exotic Russian legend, is paired with the dark, brooding colours of Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand.

Image: The Petit Palais (City of Paris Museum of Fine Arts)

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