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La Mer

La Mer

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  • Fri 20 Apr ’12, 6:30pm


Michael Fowler Centre, 111 Wakefield Street, Wellington


All Ages

The Audi Tour

Britten - Peter Grimes: Four Sea Interludes
Chausson - Poème de l’Amour et de la Mer
Sibelius - The Oceanides
Debussy - La Mer

Pietari Inkinen - conductor
Sasha Cooke - mezzo-soprano

Be swept away in the luxurious waters of the Mediterranean by Debussy’s iridescent symphonic sketches, La Mer. Debussy’s music evokes sunlight as it skips across the sea at dawn. With great waves of sound, the orchestra heaves like an ocean teeming with vibrant life in a work as exhilarating today as ever.

Benjamin Britten’s Four Sea Interludes, taken from his opera Peter Grimes, is a more sinister sea, full of achingly beautiful music undone by despair as deep as the ocean itself. Ernest Chausson’s intoxicating Poème de l’Amour et de la Mer is a rare treat.

Finished while making his first voyage across the Atlantic, Jean Sibelius’ tone poem The Oceanides celebrates the Ocean King and his three thousand daughters with music as haunting and as ever-changing as the sea itself.

National Tour Partner Audi.

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