Debussy, Ravel and Schoenberg performed by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Renaud Capuçon
14:24Renaud Capuçon and Lahav Shani perform the Sonata for violin and piano in g minor by Debussy
19:36Renaud Capuçon performs Ravel's Sonata for violin and piano with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
44:38Lahav Shani conducts Arnold Schoenberg's Pelléas et Mélisande
Live video concert filmed on 18 May: Renaud Capuçon performs the Sonatas for violin and piano by Debussy and by Ravel, the latter orchestrated by Yan Maresz, with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France conducted by Lahav Schani, who also conducts Schoenberg's Pelléas et Mélisande.
Two of the greatest French composers share the first part of this concert given by Renaud Capuçon: Claude Debussy (1862-1918) and Maurice Ravel (1875-1937). Their violin sonatas were composed only several years apart: Debussy composed his sonata at the end of the First World War (1916-1917) - its first performance was for the benefit of all soldiers with eye injuries - whereas Ravel's sonata was composed between 1922 and 1927, and first performed by the composer at the piano with violinist Georges Enesco. The version performed here was orchestrated by Yan Maresz in 2015 for Renaud Capuçon and the Orchestre National de Lyon, conducted by Leonard Slatkin.
In the second half, Pelléas et Mélisande by Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951), symphonic poem composed in Vienna between 1902 and 1903, a time when Parisian audiences were also discovering Desbussy's opera by the same name. Post-Romantic, written as he began composing his famous Gurre-Lieder, the work is made up of one single movement divided into four parts: Lento - Allegro, Scherzo - Presto, quasi adagio, and the Finale.