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The Poem of Ecstasy – Debussy, Ravel, Scriabin | London Symphony Orchestra

Sunday December 3, 2023 at 19:00
Barbican Hall, London
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  1. Nocturnes - Claude Debussy
  2. Concerto for piano left hand and orchestra - Maurice Ravel
  3. The Poem of Ecstasy Op 54 - Alexander Scriabin

Drift amid music of seductive illusion, by three turn-of-the-century composers.

‘It is pure music, conceived beyond the limits of reality, in the world of dreams,’ wrote a contemporary reviewer about Debussy’s Nocturnes. The first Nocturne conjures grey thunderclouds above the Seine, as a passing boat sounds its horn. The second is illuminated by a dazzling procession, and the third echoes with the voices of sirens, heard amid the moonlit waves of the sea.

In Ravel’s dark, swaggering magic trick of a Piano Concerto, one hand playing comes to sound like two. And in Scriabin’s swirling, yearning symphonic poem, we move through fantasy to ecstasy.

Kirill Gerstein, Spotlight Artist with the LSO in 2023/24, performs a remarkable feat of sleight-of-hand, while Susanna Mälkki and the LSO reveal the shining threads that tie these three works together. The London Symphony Chorus supplies enchanting song.

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