Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune may be the most poetic and evocative work ever written. Inspired by Mallarmé’s poem conjuring up a moment in the life of a faun, the piece casts a spell from the first entry of the solo flute, due partly to its melodic appeal but mainly to the delicate yet powerful colours it unfurls. Korngold’s lush and lyrical Violin Concerto comes to life under the bow of violinist Kerson Leong, whom the Orchestra welcomes as its soloist in residence. Kensho Watanabe, the assistant conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, leads this concert, which also includes Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1, one of the composer’s most refined.
Presented as part of the RBC Emerging Artists Project