Reflections on Debussy: Night Music
with the BBC Philharmonic
Friday 20 January 2012, 7.30pm
MOZART Serenata Notturna
TAKEMITSU Quotation of Dream
SIBELIUS Nightride and Sunrise
Juanjo Mena conductor
Noriko Ogawa piano
Kathryn Stott piano
Manchester Chamber Choir
Noriko Ogawa discusses 'Reflections on Debussy' with The Bridgewater Hall's Artistic Consultant, Peter Davison.
A little night music, anyone? Something magical happens to music after dark. In Mozart’s Salzburg, it was a time of masks and revels; in Sibelius’s native Finland, the land of the midnight sun, the long hours of darkness simply makes the dawn even more glorious. Both composers capture the spirit of the night in unmistakably personal style – one in exuberant dance music, the other in a gripping ride through the northern night.
In between, Juanjo Mena takes the BBC Philharmonic and pianists Kathryn Stott and Noriko Ogawa through two unforgettable dreams. Toru Takemitsu’s 'Quotation of Dream' is more than just an extraordinary double piano concerto: it’s also a hauntingly beautiful Japanese seascape, painted in ravishing sonic watercolours. Debussy’s enchanted “Nocturnes”, meanwhile, are so evocative that you can almost smell their perfume. Pure Monet for the ears, and a ravishing start to our Debussy anniversary celebrations.
Reflections on Debussy
French composer, Claude Debussy, was born in 1862. To mark 150 years since his birth, the
BBC Philharmonic and The Bridgewater Hall present a series of innovative concerts and events during the first half of 2012. Leading this fascinating journey will be Japanese pianist and acclaimed Debussy performer, Noriko Ogawa. Debussy’s music was a mirror to nature, revealing its mysterious unity by connecting sight and sound, so he was often being labelled a musical ‘impressionist’. Reflections on Debussy also focuses on the composer’s special relationship with Japan and the East, including his influence on Takemitsu and living Japanese composers
Journey Through Music tickets are available for this concert.
Tickets also available from Quaytickets.
How to get there
- Metrolink tram passengers should alight at St Peter’s Square. Discounted Metrolink vouchers are available to purchase from the Box Office or online when you buy your concert tickets. The discounted fare is £3.00 adult and £1.50 child; vouchers are valid for unlimited travel from any Metrolink stop after 9.30am.
- The nearest bus stops for major routes into the city centre are St Peter’s Square, Portland Street or Deansgate.
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