About this Performance: Prolific Scottish composer James MacMillan, who writes complex yet approachable, spiritually centered music, has built a concerto/tone poem on the five Luminous Mysteries, the most recently added section of the Catholic practice of praying the Rosary. He composed the work specifically for Thibaudet, who plays it here.
French conductor Stéphane Denève concludes the program with two works from his homeland, the first of which is the luscious and often delicate suite that Gabriel Fauré created from his incidental music for Maurice Maeterlinck’s tragic Symbolist play Pelléas et Mélisande, the same play that Debussy used for his groundbreaking opera. Finally comes Debussy’s symphonic poem depicting the sea, an orchestral landmark of French Impressionism.
Program: BRITTEN: Passacaglia from Peter Grimes(c. 16 minutes) James MACMILLAN: Piano Concerto No. 3, The Mysteries of Light(c. 25 minutes) Intermission FAURÉ: Suite from Pelléas and Mélisande(c. 18 minutes) DEBUSSY: La mer(c. 25 minutes)
Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic Stéphane Denève, conductor Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano