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Canceled: Debussy Days

Due to illness, the live broadcast is unfortunately cancelled. Please read more about our upcoming live broadcasts this spring.

Here we meet two works by the composer Debussy. His Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun takes us from morning to midday at sea, to an afternoon in the company of the dangerous faun, half-goat and half-human. This piece of music caused a sensation when it first arrived and is felt by many to have initiated the era of modern music with its hypnotic, intoxicating sounds. Debussy’s music often conveys associations with an impressionistic shimmer, but here there are also pure forces of nature that find expression in the storms of the sea and the faun’s erotic desires. The second work – La Mer (The Sea) – represents a milestone in the orchestral repertoire with its three ”symphonic sketches”. Debussy’s friend and colleague Satie rather insultingly stated that he ”liked the bit about quarter to eleven” in the first movement of The Sea.

This evening the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra is joined by the brilliant pianist Alice Sara Ott. On this occasion she treats us to a Ravel’s amazing Piano Concerto for the Left Hand i D major. This evening’s conductor is Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Chief Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.


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Debussy Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Ravel Pianokonsert Piano Concerto in D for the left hand

Debussy La mer, trois esquisses symphoniques


Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor

Alice Sara Ott piano