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Louise Fryer introduces French music. d'Indy: Sur la mer. Ravel: Mother Goose. Britten: Les Illuminations. Debussy: La mer. d'Indy: Fervaal (Act 3).

This week Afternoon on 3 features French music, with a particular focus on the composer Vincent d'Indy in his double anniversary year - the 160th since his birth, and the 80th since his death. Today's programme includes a rare opportunity to hear part of his opera Fervaal, and his choral work Sur la mer (On the sea). There's also a more famous depiction of the sea by Debussy, ballet music by Ravel and a setting of French poetry by Englishman Benjamin Britten.

Presented by Louise Fryer

d'Indy: Sur la mer
BBC Singers
Stephen Betteridge (piano)
Ronald Corp (conductor)

Ravel: Mother Goose - ballet
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thierry Fischer (conductor)

Britten: Les Illuminations
Elizabeth Watts (soprano)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Michal Dworzynski (conductor)

Debussy: La Mer
BBC Philharmonic
Ludovic Morlot (conductor)

d'Indy: Fervaal - Act 3
Christine Rice (mezzo)
Stuart Kale (tenor)
David Kempster (baritone)
BBC National Chorus & Orchestra of Wales
Jean Yves Ossonce (conductor).

2 hours, 30 minutes

Last on

Mon 20 Jun 2011 14:00

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Music Played

  • Vincent d’Indy

    Sur la Mer

    Performer: BBC Singers. Orchestra: Stephen Betteridge (piano). Conductor: Ronald Corp.

  • Maurice Ravel

    Mother Goose – ballet

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Thierry Fischer.

  • Benjamin Britten

    Les Illuminations

    Performer: Elizabeth Watts (soprano). Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Michal Dworzynski.

  • Claude Debussy

    La Mer

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Ludovic Morlot.

  • Vincent d’Indy

    Fervaal – Act 3

    Performer: Christine Rice (mezzo). Performer: Stuart Kale (tenor). Performer: David Kempster (singer). Performer: BBC National Chorus. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Jean Yves Ossonce.