Debussy & Ravel in London

Royal Festival Hall sees a vibrant afternoon of French masterworks on January 21, performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra, Pablo Heras-Casado, and pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard. The first half of the concert includes Debussy’s ethereal Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune and Ravel’s jazzy Piano Concerto in G Major, with Mr. Aimard as soloist. The remainder of the programme features Ravel’s ever-popular Suite Ma mère l’oye (“Mother Goose”) and Debussy’s sweeping La mer. Limited tickets remain in all seating areas; visit philharmonia.co.uk to secure your seats.

Critical acclaim from Mr. Heras-Casado’s past appearances with the Philharmonia Orchestra:

“Heras-Casado, conducting without a score for the entire concert, created a perfectly balanced texture and drew out the delightful interplay between instruments  … the sun shone all the brighter, the symphony ending with a coda section as warm and glorious as the Sunday sun on the Southbank Centre’s busy, buzzing terraces. Wow!” (Bachtrack)

“These were great performances all round and bravo to Heras-Casado and the Philharmonia for giving us such a stupendous performance of The Firebird.” (Seen and Heard International)

Pablo Heras-Casado is the Principal Guest Conductor of Teatro Real, Madrid, Director of the Granada Festival, Conductor Laureate of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, artist of harmonia mundi & Deutsche Grammophon, also records for Decca Classics and Sony Classical, and is Global Ambassador of Ayuda en Acción.

      

Photos: Fernando Sancho