Conductor Daniel Harding leads the Concertgebouworkest in poetic masterpieces by Debussy, Stravinsky and Messiaen. His penchant for French music is given free rein in this programme.
The leading conductor Daniel Harding has a penchant for French repertoire, which is given free rein in this poetic, colourful programme. For many, Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune was the seminal work which ushered in modern music, but it is also a poem in music – a sultry, summery piece which makes for sumptuous daydreaming. With La mer, Debussy once again proved himself a genius.
Igor Stravinsky died fifty years ago. Agon, his very last ballet, shares with the other works on this programme a rare combination of innovation and eloquence.