Out now on LSO Live, our Principal Guest Conductor's latest album pairs the music of two French masters, Debussy & Ravel.
Roth's newest album opens with Ravel's Spanish-influenced piece, Rapsodie espagnole. A fascination with his Spanish heritage would be a recurring theme in many of the composer's creations, and mysterious melodies weave delicately throughout this early work, which is punctuated by bursts of Spanish-inspired fanfares and Habanera dance rhythms.
Next comes the voluptuous flute opening of the Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, an iconic work that immediately conjures a world of luxurious fantasy, weaving through changing scenes with effortless spontaneity. Every instrument adds something unique, and the whole work appears to float free of form and convention.
Finally, in La mer Debussy tells the story of the eternal odyssey of the ocean. He sails through storm and calm, wind and rain, in music that rises and falls with the rhythms of the sea. The score is so vivid that you can almost smell sea salt and see the crests of the waves.
You can purchase the new recording on CD from the LSO Live store, and find it for streaming and download on all digital music services. Click here to discover more recordings from François-Xavier Roth on our label.