Daniel Harding’s 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.
The acclaimed American soprano Renée Fleming is known for her performances on the opera stage, in musicals and films, and on television. She is making her Concertgebouworkest debut with one of her signature concert stage ‘hits’, Messiaen’s Poèmes pour Mi. Fleming is perfectly cast in this ode to love.
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.