Debussy Danse sacrée et danse profane Weill/Brecht Seven Deadly Sins Debussy orch Robin Holloway En Blanc et Noir Debussy La mer
Michael Tilson Thomas conductor Anne Sofie von Otter mezzo-soprano Bryn Lewis harp Synergy Vocals London Symphony Orchestra
Danse sacrée et danse profane was originally composed to showcase the newly developed chromatic harp. Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins is a satirical ballet chanté (sung ballet) with libretto by Bertolt Brecht that tells the story of the split personality of two sisters – Anna I, a singer, and Anna II, a dancer. Debussy’s impressionistic En blanc et noir (In white and black) was originally composed for two pianos, while La mer is an ambient, rich depiction of the ever-changing face of the sea.
Change of programme Debussy Danse sacrée et danse profane replaces Last Pieces (orch. Knussen) as listed in some earlier publications.