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London Philharmonic Orchestra: French Masterpieces

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Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre

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London Philharmonic Orchestra: French Masterpieces

Jurowski conducts Honegger, Saint-Saëns, Dukas and Debussy

After the success of his so-called ‘Impressionistic’ depictions of oceans and woodland animals, Claude Debussy set out to achieve "something new – a new reality". This new reality he talked of was the world of images, where the free brushstrokes of Impressionism were replaced by something altogether more precise and pointillist. Images contains some of Debussy’s most delicate and luminous music, as well as his heady visions of life south of the French border in Spain. Vladimir Jurowski conducts this evening of French music, which also includes Saint-Saëns’s Fifth Piano Concerto, filled with the spice and exoticism of Egypt, and Honegger’s orchestral depiction of a pummelling steam train, Pacific 231. Please note that seats will be allocated on the night upon arrival.

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