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Prom 44: Debussy, Ravel and Boulanger

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.

8.30pm
Debussy: Nocturnes
Ravel: Boléro

Justina Gringytė, mezzo-soprano
CBSO Youth Chorus
CBSO 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.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Claude Debussy

    Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ludovic Morlot.
  • Lili Boulanger

    Psalm 130, 'Du fond de l'abime'

    Performer: Justina Gringytė. Choir: CBSO Chorus.
  • Claude Debussy

    Nocturnes

    Choir: CBSO Youth Chorus. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Bolero

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ludovic Morlot.
  • George Gershwin

    Piano Concerto in F major

    Performer: Stefano Bollani. Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, Piano Concerto: Chailly.
    • Decca.
    • 7.

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