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Thu 20 Feb 2014

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

French Fancies

Time: 7:00pm

Admission: £9-£50

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This delightful programme, starring charismatic piano duo the Labèque Sisters, will brighten your February. The concert features Ibert’s charming, even frivolous Divertissement and concludes with a piece Saint-Saëns banned during his lifetime for fear it would undermine his reputation as a ‘serious’ composer – The Carnival of the Animals. It has, of course, since become one of his most popular and famous pieces, a wonderful musical menagerie of a lion, hens, tortoises and even a whole aquarium…

Debussy (arr Schoenberg) Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Mother Goose Suite (original version for piano duet)
Introduction and Allegro 
Carnival of the Animals

Katia and Marielle Labèque pianos
Eduardo Portal conductor (Ibert only)
Samuel West narrator
Soloists of the OAE

Concert finishes at approximately 8.50pm

Pre-concert event
OAE Extras at 5.45pm. Front Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall. Free Admission
OAE REMIX explore the animal world in Biber’s Sonata Representiva

Listen to a taster of the music on Spotify below:

Venue details

Nearest National Rail: Waterloo, Waterloo East and Charing Cross Nearest Underground: Waterloo and Embankment
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