Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Poulenc and Prokofiev with the LPO

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Poulenc and Prokofiev with the LPO

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 19:30

Poulenc’s imagination knew few bounds and reached one of its many peaks in his charming Piano Concerto. Here was a composer who combined the grace and simplicity of popular French song with the caustic wit and satirical mimicry that was rife in 20th-century Paris, all of which punches through the high-jinks of this gregarious concerto. Poulenc, though, claimed that ‘the best and most genuine part of myself’ was to be found in his sacred music. After the mood-pictures of Prokofiev’s Seventh Symphony we hear Poulenc’s setting of the 13th-century poem of mourning and salvation, the Stabat mater, which is gifted music of intense poise, intricacy and spirituality by the composer.

Free pre-concert event
6.15–6.45pm | Royal Festival Hall
Dr Caroline Potter from Kingston University looks at the life and works of Francis Poulenc.

Concerto for Piano
Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
Symphony No 7 in C sharp minor
Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Stabat mater
Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)


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