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BBC SSO - Debussy, Messiaen (part 2)

1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 10 October 2013

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Jun Märkl perform orchestral music by Debussy and Messiaen and are joined by soprano Gweneth-Ann Jeffers for Messiaen's Poèmes pour Mi

Live from City Halls, Glasgow

Presented by Jamie MacDougall

Two masters of music in twentieth-century France: Debussy and Messiaen. The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra is joined by Jun Märkl, a German conductor with considerable renown for performances of French repertoire.

The concert opens with Les offrandes oubliées, a work which although written in 1930, early in Messiaen's career, already displays his deep spirituality and bold musical language. This is followed by his first song cycle Poèmes pour Mi -performed by soprano Gweneth-Ann Jeffers- itself a deeply personal work dedicated to Messiaen's first wife.

The concert concludes with Debussy's colourful orchestral masterpiece, Images. Consisting of three atmospheric sections Debussy draws on folk music from England, France and Spain amidst shimmering and exotic orchestral textures to create musical portraits infused with dance, ranging from 'The Streets and By-ways' of Ibéria to the 'Dances of Spring.'

Messiaen: Les offrandes oubliées
Messiaen: Poèmes pour Mi

8.10 Interval (Discovering Music, see separate billing)

Debussy: Images [complete]

Gweneth-Ann Jeffers (soprano)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Jun Märkl (conductor).


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