If the music of Debussy and Ravel is known for its liberating historical leap into a freer, more nuanced palette of sound, the string orchestra arrangements of some of their most well-known pieces add yet another layer.
The natural expressiveness of strings, from the low, rich timbre of the double bass to the suspended shimmer of the violin’s highest register, provides a fascinating canvas upon which we can open up the heady impressionism of the two composers. Debussy’s only String Quartet is followed by the exotic, pagan-tinged story-telling of his Epigraphes, originally written for piano. Barshai’s arrangement for string orchestra of Ravel’s String Quartet in F major, commissioned by SE, is matched with an array of his shorter works to create a beautiful patchwork of textures and colours.
Dream-like music to expand the mind. An escape from the structure of the real into the realm of the imagined…
Pièce en forme de Habanera [arr. Manson]
Berceuse [arr. Manson]
Après un rêve [arr. Manson]
Golliwogg’s Cakewalk (from Children’s Corner, No.6)
String Quartet in G minor, Op.10 [arr. Morton]
Six Epigraphes Antiques [arr. Paillard]
Petite symphonie à cordes [String Quartet arr. Barshai]