Claude Debussy was an unparalleled master of the suggestion. With La mer, he gave us an exact portrait of the sea, using broad brushstrokes to evoke it: fleeting, drifting – clouds, water and wind, a blur or a swirl. You can almost taste the salt on your lips, feel the brooding storm through the suggestive drumroll or single drumbeat in the timpani.

The musical colours of Debussy inspired Thierry De Mey in several dance films with live orchestra. In Prélude à la mer, he contrasts the choreography of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker with the hard reality of a catastrophe: the vanishing of the Aral Sea. Specially for this concert, De Mey created a brand new film to accompany La mer.

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concert recorded at Concertgebouw Brugge on 13 February, 2021
in collaboration with Evil Penguin TV
with the support of the Belgian Tax Shelter and Belga Films Fund

programme

Claude Debussy
Syrinx
solo: Lieve Schuermans (flute)

Tōru Takemitsu
Towards the Sea II
solo: Jill Jeschek (flute) & Eline Groslot (harp)

Claude Debussy (arr. Paolo Fradiani)
Prélude à l'après midi d'un faune

Claude Debussy (arr. Marlijn Helder)
La mer

programme

Claude Debussy
Syrinx
solo: Lieve Schuermans (flute)

Tōru Takemitsu
Towards the Sea II
solo: Jill Jeschek (flute) & Eline Groslot (harp)

Claude Debussy (arr. Paolo Fradiani)
Prélude à l'après midi d'un faune

Claude Debussy (arr. Marlijn Helder)
La mer

This event is broadcasted on Podium 19. Podium 19 offers virtual performances and concerts from the Flemish culture houses. More info at www.podium19.be.

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The San Francisco Symphony’s Program Note Podcast on Debussy: La Mer.

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This event is broadcasted on Podium 19, a new and free culture channel that you can watch on

Podium 19 offers virtual performances and concerts from the Flemish culture houses. More info at www.podium19.be.

concert in collaboration with Evil Penguin TV
with the support of the Belgian Tax Shelter & Belga Films Fund