Donatienne Michel-Dansac(c)Jean Radel

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Works by Britten, Chin, Ravel and Debussy | Donatienne Michel-Dansac - soprano, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, François-Xavier Roth - conductor
  • 07.05.2017 Sunday 11:00 h, Kölner Philharmonie Order online
  • 08.05.2017 Monday 20:00 h, Kölner Philharmonie Order online
  • 09.05.2017 Tuesday 20:00 h, Kölner Philharmonie Order online

Benjamin Britten »Four Sea Interludes« from »Peter Grimes« (1945)
Unsuk Chin »Le silence des Sirènes« for soprano and orchestra (2014)
Maurice Ravel »Une barque sur l’océan« (1906)
Claude Debussy »La mer« – Three symphonic sketches
(1903–1905)

Donatienne Michel-Dansac soprano
Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
François-Xavier Roth conductor

The wonderful and seductive singing of the sirens has been the downfall of many a mariner. An iridescent piece by Korean composer Unsuk Chin breathes new life into the myth of the sirens, setting texts by Homer and James Joyce – interpreted with irresistible force and lyric intensity by soprano Donatienne Michel-Dansac. The dangers of life at sea are also the subject of “Peter Grimes” by Benjamin Britten. The four “Sea Interludes” bring together the opera’s emotional storms. Concluding the concert, the two French colorists Ravel and Debussy have “captured” the sea in tone-paintings revealing the most artistic and subtle compositional nuances. This is music that evolves from the finely detailed interplay of numerous very small motifs. As Debussy once wrote himself: in a “mysterious convergence of nature and the imagination.”