Reflections on Debussy: The Sea
with the BBC Philharmonic
Saturday 21 April 2012, 7.30pm
BRITTEN Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
DVORAK The Water Goblin
DEBUSSY La mer
Juanjo Mena conductor
Noriko Ogawa piano
Post-concert 'le chat noir': nostalgic popular melodies from Japan and chansons by Toru Takemitsu performed by soprano Yumiko Samejima and Noriko Ogawa.
'I have slandered the sea…Today it is beautiful enough to defy all comparisons…'
Debussy was being a bit hard on himself – his 'La mer' is one of the most gorgeous seascapes ever painted by an orchestra. You’d never guess that he got his inspiration on the prom at Eastbourne! At the climax of our anniversary tribute to Debussy, Juanjo Mena celebrates with a whole concert devoted to the musical life aquatic.
Antonin Dvorak re-tells a sinister Czech fairytale in irresistibly tuneful style. Benjamin Britten’s foam-lashed musical portrait of the North Sea captures the human drama of a Suffolk fishing community. And the exquisite “riverrun” by the Japanese master Toru Takemitsu is a dream-like piano concerto, inspired by both James Joyce and Debussy himself, and played tonight by the wonderful Noriko Ogawa. Go with the flow…
Journey Through Music and Sonic Card tickets are available for this concert.
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
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.
- The nearest rail stations are Deansgate and Oxford Road.
- If travelling by car, please allow plenty of time for your journey. For satellite navigation, the Hall’s postcode is M2 3WS. The nearest car parks are Park Avenue, NCP Manchester Central (formerly G-Mex), NCP Great Northern or NCP Oxford Street. Manchester Central car park is linked directly to The Bridgewater Hall by an underpass beneath Lower Mosley Street.
- The Bridgewater Hall welcomes deaf and disabled patrons. If you have any specific access requirements please ask the Box Office on 0161 907 9000.