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Half Six Fix: Stravinsky and Debussy

London Symphony Orchestra/François-Xavier Roth

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For this short, one-hour concert, François-Xavier Roth immerses you in a world where music becomes more than mere sound.

The world of nature holds a power that man can never reach. A songbird brings an emperor back from the dead, and this parable by Hans Christian Andersen becomes a ballet by Stravinsky, where he must imitate the nightingale’s song.

Debussy tells the story of the eternal odyssey of the ocean. He sails through storm and calm, wind and rain, in music that rises and falls with the rhythms of the sea. The score is so vivid that you can almost smell sea salt, and see the crests of the waves.

Listen to these two pieces and their influence becomes obvious. But François-Xavier Roth will take you even further into the music by introducing each piece himself, sharing his insights and his thoughts on two modern masters.

These concerts start at 6.30pm and last for one hour, without an interval, featuring a short programme of one or two major works, which the conductor will introduce from the stage.

To bring you closer to the action, we’ll have screens to showcase the performers and programme notes available electronically on your Android or iPhone device – see below for more details and instructions.

You can also enjoy the music with a drink in your seat.

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