Live from Usher Hall, Edinburgh
In this, his penultimate concert as Artistic Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Stéphane Denève plays French music that shocked the world. While Debussy's orientalism opened new possibilities of harmonic and melodic colour, Stravinsky music for the Rite of Spring ballet proved a revelation for the eye as well as the ear to Parisian audience and changed the course of musical history. The top Canadian violinist, hailed by some as a modern Heifetz plays Barber's meltingly beautiful concerto for violin by way of contrast.
Debussy - Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Barber - Violin Concerto
James Ehnes (violin)
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Stéphane Denève (conductor).