Without a doubt one of the most enchanting works of Romanticism, Debussy’s symphonic poem Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune casts a serene spell upon the listener.
The mythical faun is represented with a drifting, chromatic flute melody before falling into dreamlike fantasies.
The orchestra conjures idyllic visions with experimental tonality and themes passed between the woodwind instruments that blend with fantastical delight.
On the cusp of the 20th century, Schoenberg composed a work that strongly echoes the late Romantic style of Wagner while foreshadowing the future of music.
Later revised for string orchestra in 1943, Verklärte Nacht is marked by the rich use of expressive harmonies, destabilised by abrupt shifts in tone that express a restless search for meaning.
PerformersRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra
RepertoireDebussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
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