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London Symphony Orchestra/Ward

Debussy & Bartók

Violinist Isabelle Faust

Debussy’s La Mer closes a concert that pulses with feeling – whether Janáček’s explosive Taras Bulba, or Bartók’s hot-blooded love-letter of a First Violin Concerto, played by Isabelle Faust.

‘I have slandered the sea,’ said Debussy, after finishing La Mer, but posterity has disagreed, and Debussy’s controlled energy and ravishing colours surge through Bartók’s ardent youthful violin concerto, and Janáček’s thrillingly savage Taras Bulba.

Isabelle Faust is the soloist in the Bartók, and she’s also one of the supreme living interpreters of the lovely Poème by Debussy’s great friend and inspiration Ernest Chausson. It’ll make for an exquisite interlude between Taras Bulba – music that’s red in tooth and claw – and the rolling, rapturous seascape of La Mer; inspired by the art of Hokusai, but written, at least in part, at Eastbourne. LSO favourite Duncan Ward conducts.

Rescheduled event
This concert has been rescheduled, with a revised programme.

The performance is expected to finish around 9.30pm, including a 20 minute interval.

Barbican Hall