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.
RepertoireDebussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
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