I recital della Scala

Marianne Crebassa and Fazil Say in recital

Milan, Teatro alla Scala, 27 Janaury 2019

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France and Turkey, an odd couple

Maurice Ravel composed Shéhérazade in 1903, one year after the revelation of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, but it was from Baudelaire that the three poems took inspiration. Tristan Klingsor’s lines are litanies of the desire for travel and for the eastern world evoked in Asie, the first song of the triptych, a small Baedeker that describes exotic attractions. The line “Je voudrais voir” (I’d like to see) is repeated 14 times and every vision is a subtle variation in agogic accents and harmony accomplished on the keyboard trying to recreate the colours of Ravel’s bright orchestration…

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