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London Symphony Orchestra/ Susanna Mälkki

The Poem of Ecstasy – Debussy, Ravel & Scriabin

Susanna Malkki

Drift amid music of seductive illusion and brilliant colour from Debussy, Ravel and Scriabin.

'It is pure music, conceived beyond the limits of reality, in the world of dreams,’ wrote a contemporary reviewer about Debussy’s Nocturnes. The first Nocturne conjures grey thunderclouds above the Seine, as a passing boat sounds its horn. The second is illuminated by a dazzling procession, and the third echoes with the voices of sirens, heard amid the moonlit waves of the sea.  

In Ravel’s dark, swaggering magic trick of a Piano Concerto, one hand playing comes to sound like two. And in Scriabin’s swirling, yearning symphonic poem, we move through fantasy to ecstasy.  

Kirill Gerstein, a Spotlight Artist with the LSO in 2023/24, performs a remarkable feat of sleight-of-hand, while Susanna Mälkki and the LSO reveal the shining threads that tie these three works together. The London Symphony Chorus supplies enchanting song.  

This performance will end at approximately 9pm, including a 20-minute interval.

This concert is generously sponsored by the Léni Fé Bland Estate

Support for the Music Academy partnership with the London Symphony Orchestra has been provided in part by Linda and Michael Keston, with additional support in remembrance of Léni Fé Bland.

Produced by the London Symphony Orchestra