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Pablo Heras-Casado Conducts Debussy & Ravel

Part of Classical Season 2019/20

Pablo Heras-Casado is ‘the thinking person’s idea of a hotshot young conductor’ (New York Times).

He leads listeners on an evening’s promenade through evocative images of France and Spain.

Trade dark autumnal London for the warmth and colour of Andalusia with music by Debussy and Ravel.

Ravel’s Rapsodie Espagnole opens with a muted and mysterious evocation of night, paving the way for seductive dances.

Debussy never visited Spain, but avidly absorbed sounds from other cultures and made them his own.

In Images, a Tyneside folk song, French nursery rhymes and a band of Spanish musicians on their way to a festival all sound unmistakably like Debussy.

Denis Kozhukhin, praised for his ‘impeccably crystal-clear technique' (Bachtrack) when he last played with the Philharmonia in 2018, takes on the hugely rewarding challenge of Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand.

Commissioned by Paul Wittgenstein, a concert pianist who lost an arm in World War I, this piece makes the most of the darker colours of the orchestra, with important, expressive parts for the contrabassoon, cor anglais, bass clarinet and double basses.

Its sinister, martial central section perhaps alludes to the horror of the war that engendered it.

Lili Boulanger’s deeply felt, richly orchestrated D’un soir triste was composed at the height of the First World War.

But the sadness of the title may be for herself as well as for her country – she died shortly after completing it, at the age of 24.

She crammed a prodigious amount of music-making into her short life, and was the first woman to win the Prix de Rome for composition.

Performers

Philharmonia Orchestra
Pablo Heras-Casado conductor
Denis Kozhukhin piano

Repertoire

Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole; Piano Concerto for the left hand
Interval
L. Boulanger: D'un soir triste
Debussy: Images for orchestra

Dates & times

14 Nov 2019
Approximate run time: 120 mins
Run times may vary, find out more

where

Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

£12 - £58
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

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Ticketing

Multi-buy discount
Book multiple Philharmonia Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount: 3 – 5 events (10% discount); 6 – 8 events (15% discount); 9 – 11 events (20% discount); 12 – 14 events (25% discount); 15 or more events (30% discount). Events must be in the 2019/20 season. Please note these savings exclude Christmas concerts (12 & 15 December 2019) and The English Patient (5 June 2020). Not available on Premium seats.

Related events
Royal Festival Hall at 6pm: Insights talk: Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado in conversation. Admission free.