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Proms 2014 Prom 14: Duruflé, Ravel and Simon Holt

Prom 14: Duruflé, Ravel and Simon Holt
Prom 14: Duruflé, Ravel and Simon Holt
19:30 Sun 27 Jul 2014 Royal Albert Hall
The lilt of the waltz pulses through the first half of this programme – first in Ravel’s modernist reimagining in Valses nobles et sentimentales, and then in his witty La valse. French music takes a sacred turn after the interval with Duruflé’s Requiem, and elsewhere Swiss flute virtuoso Emmanuel Pahud premieres Simon Holt’s concerto Morpheus Wakes.
The lilt of the waltz pulses through the first half of this programme – first in Ravel’s modernist reimagining in Valses nobles et sentimentales, and then in his witty La valse. French music takes a sacred turn after the interval with Duruflé’s Requiem, and elsewhere Swiss flute virtuoso Emmanuel Pahud premieres Simon Holt’s concerto Morpheus Wakes.

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Ravel’s La valse turns the Viennese waltz into a darkly tinged rhapsody, while his Valses nobles et sentimentales reflects the iconic dance in softer tones.

Duruflé’s Requiem is the musical cousin of Fauré’s more familiar Requiem and anchors its 20th-century harmonies in the same arching plainchant melodies of the past. Flute virtuoso Emmanuel Pahud joins the orchestra for the world premiere of Simon Holt’s flute concerto Morpheus Wakes – written for Pahud himself, who represents the god of dreaming ‘as if slowly waking from adeep, troubled sleep’.

 

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