August 31, 2018

Ravel, Debussy, Bizet

von Oeyen joins conductor Emmanuel Villaume and the Prague Philharmonia to perform the works of Ravel, Debussy, and Bizet.


A French orchestral programme par excellence, marking 100 years since the death of Claude Debussy. The relative absence of the Fantaisie for piano and orchestra from concert halls today is something of a mystery; all the colour, inventiveness, fluidity and pianistic and orchestral verve that characterise Debussy’s music can be heard here, with a central movement which is one of his most expressive pieces of writing. Bizet’s Symphony in C reveals all the clarity, directness, passion and sophistication that would later be associated with the composer of Carmen, while the richly imaginative orchestral textures of Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite plunge listeners into a realm of fairy-tale fantasy. This recording owes much to the virtuosity, enthusiasm and energy of the PKF – Prague Philharmonia and its conductor Emmanuel Villaume, and to the intelligence and poetic sensibilities of pianist Andrew von Oeyen.


Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Ma Mère l’Oye Suite (Mother Goose Suite) (version for orchestra)
1. i. Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant: Lent
2. ii. Petit Poucet: Très modéré
3. iii. Laideronnette, Impératrice des Pagodes: Mouvt de marche
4. iv. Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête: Mouvt de valse très modéré
5. vi. Le jardin féerique: Lent et grave

Claude Debussy (1862-1928)
Fantaisie for Piano and Orchestra, L.73
6. i. Andante ma non troppo
7. ii. Lento e molto espressivo
8. iii. Allegro molto

Georges Bizet (1838-1975)
Symphony in C
9. i. Allegro vivo
10. ii.Andante. Adagio
11. iii. Allegro vivace
12. iv. Finale. Allegro vivace