Tag Archives: Debussy

Karina Canellakis skippers a French voyage with the Oxford Philharmonic

Saint-Saëns, Debussy: Canellakis/Oxford Philharmonic *** Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, 28th January 2017 Oxford may well be far from the coast, but it played host to a bracing French voyage last night at the Sheldonian Theatre. Cramped in the decks beneath Sir … Continue reading

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Watch with Mother (Goose): Child’s play with Les Siècles

Ravel, Debussy: Roth/Les Siècles **** Royal Festival Hall, 2nd November 2016 Games of various types pirouetted in and out of Les Siècles’ Gallic programme last night, from Debussy’s play of the waves in La Mer to the shenanigans of a distinctly … Continue reading

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Wigmore Hall englouti: exquisite aquatic recital from Philippe Cassard

“Perspectives Debussy”: Philippe Cassard ***** Wigmore Hall, 29th October 2016 “Wigmore Hall is flooded now!” confessed Philippe Cassard. It was Claude Debussy who left the tap running, with every form of precipitation – rain, snow, fog – pouring from the … Continue reading

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From pulpit to fairground: a fête à la française with the ONF

Orchestre National de France/Gabel **** Maison de la Radio Auditorium, Paris, 10th March 2016 Paris in the springtime: this week, I’ve been greeted by cold winds, driving rain and even a flurry of snow. Tonight, courtesy of Debussy’s Printemps, something … Continue reading

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Fifty shades of Debussy: Philippe Cassard’s masterclass in colour and rhythm

Debussy: Philippe Cassard ***** Wigmore Hall, 27th December 2015 “I love pictures almost as much as music,” Claude Debussy remarked to Edgard Varèse in 1911. Seascapes, Spanish fiestas, watery reflections and mists can all be found in his music. In … Continue reading

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