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Not everybody knows that one of the most recognisable themes of French music was penned by Gabriel Fauré and that it is hidden in his four-movement suite Pelléas et Mélisande. Written as a musical setting to Maurice Maeterlinck’s play, staged in London in 1898 (the theme inspired also other composers, including Debussy, Schönberg and Sibelius) the suite shows perfectly why Fauré is called a “poet of intimacy”.
Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major is a synthesis of the most characteristic features of his style: his penchant for the lavish sound of the orchestra, jazz, Spanish style and 18th-century elegance. Before the composer was forced to completely withdraw from his concert life due to health problems, he managed to present the piece to the audiences of several European cities; however, only as a conductor and not a pianist. He also visited the Warsaw Philharmonic, where on 11 March 1932, together with the pianist Marguerite Long, he presented Concerto in G Major to local music lovers.
Glazunov’s symphonies (he wrote the first when he was sixteen, and the last – the Eighth – a quarter of a century later) do not belong to the core repertoire. Showing some similarities to German music (Mendelssohn or even Wagner) his Symphony No. 5 was heard at the Warsaw Philharmonic only once, over forty years ago, during a guest performance of the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra with its legendary conductor Yevgeny Mravinsky. Fans of Russian music will be pleased to see this piece feature in the programme of this concert.