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Bright Young Things

feat. Strauss, Mozart, Debussy, Schubert & Stravinsky

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Look down the role call of major composers and it's staggering how many of their great works were written when they were comparatively young.

So that's what we're celebrating with this collection, and we've book-ended it with two glittering and sumptuously scored orchestral numbers: Strauss's Don Juan to open, and Stravinsky's ballet, The Firebird, to close. Then at the collection's centre point, there's an orchestral work taking the bright young things theme from a slightly different angle: Debussy's recently rediscovered First Suite for Orchestra, written whilst he was still a student, which instead gives us fascinating pre-whispers of the instantly-recognisable language he then fixed upon in his early maturity. Nestled either side of that are two major chamber works: Mozart's Piano Sonata No 11 with its famous Rondo “Alla turca” final movement, and Schubert's deftly written Octet.

Curation & Text: Charlotte Gardner

Speaker: Charlotte Gardner

Visual Art: Philipp Nicolai Hertel

  • Bright Young Things

  • An introduction to Strauss, R — Don Juan op. 20 - Don Juan

  • Don Juan op. 20 - Don Juan Preview Only

    Richard Strauss

    Münchner Philharmoniker, Valery Gergiev, Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici2016
  • An introduction to Mozart — Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major KV 331

  • Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major KV 331 Preview Only

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Alfred Brendel1975
  • An introduction to Debussy — Première Suite d'orchestre L 46b

  • Première Suite d'orchestre L 46b Preview Only

    Claude Debussy

    Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth2012
  • An introduction to Stravinsky — The Firebird

  • The Firebird Preview Only

    Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky

    Robert Craft, Philharmonia Orchestra1996
  • An introduction to Schubert — Oktett in F major D 803

  • Oktett in F major D 803 Preview Only

    Franz Schubert

    Northernlight, Edding Quartet, Damien Guffroy, Nicola Boud, Julien Debourdes, Nicolas Chedmail2014

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