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London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Simon Rattle

Half Six Fix: French Connections

Peter Moore

LSO Music Director Sir Simon Rattle celebrates the sheer beauty of sound, in a pocket-sized concert with a French flavour. 

Maybe it’s the effortless sense of style, maybe it’s that Parisian appetite for the finer things in life, but French music has a sound that’s entirely its own. Ravel waltzes elegantly through the end of the world, Debussy gives Shakespeare a very Gallic makeover, and Berlioz sets sail on the high seas, in his swashbuckling Le corsaire. And there’s a beautiful gem from Japan: a Zen garden in sound by the late, great Tōru Takemitsu.  

Sir Simon Rattle has always loved the sound that French music makes, whether elegant and ethereal like Debussy and Ravel, or as unashamedly out-there as Hector Berlioz. Today he introduces and conducts some personal favourites, as well as a ravishing miniature from a Japanese master who was also a personal friend.  

‘I think and feel in sounds.’ – Maurice Ravel 

What is Half Six Fix?
A burst of music to start your evening, with a relaxed atmosphere and introductions from the conductor. More on the LSO website.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Following the news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, we confirm that this concert will go ahead as planned, with the addition of the National Anthem at the start of the concert.

Full LSO statement on the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Posted Mon 12 Sep 2022, 11.30am 

Concert will run till approximately 7:55pm