Live at the BBC Proms: the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and Youth Chorus, conducted by Ludovic Morlot, perform Debussy, Lili Boulanger and Ravel.
Live at BBC Proms: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and Youth Chorus and Ludovic Morlot in Debussy, Lili Boulanger and Ravel
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Martin Handley
Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Lili Boulanger: Psalm 130 'Du fond de l'abîme'
8.10pm Interval: Proms Plus
An introduction to the music and life of Lili Boulanger, with Caroline Rae and Caroline Potter, presented by Andrew McGregor.
Justina Gringytė, mezzo-soprano
CBSO Youth Chorus
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Ludovic Morlot, conductor
The CBSO and Ludovic Morlot mark two major centenaries in this all-French programme. In the centenary of his death, Debussy is celebrated in the languorous beauty of Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, as well as the Nocturnes with their shifting, shimmering play of musical light.
Lili Boulanger, whose death in 1918 at the age of just 24 cut short a career of extraordinary promise, is represented by her powerful setting of Psalm 130 - a musical howl of grief composed at the height of the First World War.
Ravel's Boléro closes the evening with its hypnotic Spanish dance rhythm and swirling orchestral colours.