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French Masterpieces: London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall on 20th April

20/04/2016 at 19:30

Honegger - Pacific 231
Saint-Saëns - Piano Concerto No. 5 (Egyptian)
Dukas - La Péri
Debussy - Images

Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Javier Perianes piano
London Philharmonic Orchestra

After the success of his so-called ‘Impressionistic’ depictions of oceans and woodland animals, Claude Debussy set out to achieve ‘something new – a new reality’. This new reality he talked of was the world of Images, where the free brushstrokes of Impressionism were replaced by something altogether more precise and pointillist.

Images contains some of Debussy’s most delicate and luminous music, as well as his heady visions of life south of the French border in Spain. Vladimir Jurowski conducts this evening of French music, which also includes Saint-Saëns’s Fifth Piano Concerto, filled with the spice and exoticism of Egypt, and Honegger’s orchestral depiction of a pummelling steam train, Pacific 231.

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