This month’s podcast delves into the fascinating world of composition in Paris in the mid 19th century. Richard Langham Smith is a research professor at the Royal College of Music, and one of the world’s experts in Debussy and 19th and 20th century French music. He gave this illuminating talk before a LPO concert featuring Debussy’s Prelude a l’après midi d’un faun, and Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole, and put the two compositions into their historical context. Find out why Lalo (and Bizet) included Spanish dance music in their orchestral scores and what influenced to create an imagined ancient Greece, complete with panpipes and hunting horns.
Beethoven Symphony No. 6. Live recording from 1992 conducted by Klaus Tennstedt
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