Classical music

Philharmonia Orchestra - Debussy & Ravel

Part of Classical Season

Pierre-Laurent Aimard and the Philharmonia Orchestra perform Ravel’s jazz-infused Piano Concerto alongside Debussy’s portrait of the sea, La mer.

The hazy afternoon of Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune leads to a portrait of the ever-changing faces of the sea.

Sketched from an imagination and `countless reminiscences’ that to Debussy, `matter more than a reality’, La mer captures the play of light on the water and the rhythmic pitter-patter of sea spray `to create a mysterious harmony between nature and the imagination’.

Channelled by pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Ravel’s own `mysterious harmony’ infuses rich textures of jazz, blues and the Basque influences of his homeland. Buzzing from its percussive opening bars and rapid-fire arpeggios, the second movement opens out onto a deceptively simple, gorgeous lullaby before returning to an incredible finale, filled with percussive pyrotechnics from both piano and orchestra.


Philharmonia Orchestra
Pablo Heras-Casado conductor
Pierre-Laurent Aimard piano


Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G
Ravel: Ma mère l'oye (Mother Goose) Suite
Debussy: La mer

Dates & times

21 Jan 2018
Approximate run time: 150 mins


Royal Festival Hall


£11 - £55
Booking fee: £1.75 (Members £0.00)
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