- Debussy - The Afternoon of the Faun, Farrington [12"]
- Ravel - Introduction and Allegro [11"]
- Ravel - Mother Goose Suite, Farrington [17"]
Harp: Sally Pryce
Based on a poem of the same name by Mallarmé, Debussy’s The Afternoon of the Faun dreamily depicts the waking of a faun from his afternoon nap and his recollection of encounters with nymphs, beginning with a languid solo flute, and melting into a gorgeous, timeless pastoral idyll.
Ravel brings us to another fantastical world in his Mother Goose Suite, with familiar characters such as Tom Thumb, Beauty and the Beast, and the Sleeping Beauty, depicted so exquisitely by his alchemical orchestration, faithfully arranged by Iain Farrington, and brought to a breathtakingly beautiful finale in the Fairy Garden.
Presented between these two works is Ravel’s daydream-like Introduction and Allegro, written in 1904 to show off the expressive range of the newly-invented double-action pedal harp.
4.00pm (BST), Sun 27th September 2020
With tiers of tenderness and mischief, playfulness and poignancy, Mendelssohn’s elegant Octet for 8 string players is preluded by Borodin’s charming Sextet in a programme that showcases the brilliance of the English Chamber Orchestra's principal string players.
The Soldier’s Tale
4.00pm (BST), Sun 4th October 2020
Our Teatime Music series closes with a diabolical slice of devilish dealing, The Soldier’s Tale, with a wickedly brilliant score by Stravinsky depicting the story of a Russian soldier and the fiddle so coveted by the devil, brought to life by The English Chamber Orchestra, and its leader Stephanie Gonley.