Join us for the inaugural concert of the 2020 MPHIL 360°, a journey to 1920s Paris! This year’s festival will begin with a feast à la française for the ears and eyes: Ravel’s sumptuous Daphnis et Chloé, featuring the esteemed Münchner Philharmoniker under the peerless direction of Valery Gergiev.
Maestro Gergiev and the MPhil will perform Debussy’s epoch-making Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, which Boulez considered the starting point of musical modernity. Then, some of the most evocative music Ravel ever wrote—dubbed “the epitome of Impressionism in music” by Naxos—will accompany the world-class dancers of the Mariinsky Ballet in a new production by Vladimir Varnava. Daphnis et Chloé, originally commissioned for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in Paris, follows the titular couple as the idyllic love of their youth survives jealous flights of fancy, pirate kidnappers, and divine intervention, all culminating in their joyful reunion.
Accomplished soprano Anja Harteros’s stirring rendition of Alban Berg’s Seven Early Songs will round out the evening. Berg composed the song cycle for voice and piano while under the tutelage of Schoenberg in the early twentieth century, returning to them in his artistic maturity more than two decades later to give them a full orchestral treatment.
London Symphony Orchestra
Chamber Orchestra of the Münchner Philharmoniker, Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble