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Thank you.  Just so frustrating when I couldn't put names to the music.  I knew it had to be Ravel, Debussy and Fauré as it was so impressionistic.

The Saint Saens and Après un reve were superb, ravishing in the context of the whole presentation.

I think the BBC must have had the music specially commissioned for the production as it melded perfectly with the text and what was going on.  Played with real class and sensitivity.

I also thought that Debussy's Elégie might have been in the mix but I must confess that I had the outmost difficulty deciding whether to concentrate on the text or on the music!

You have frequently said of music programmes that you wished they wouldn't interrupt the music with spoken words.  I have to reluctantly admit that spoken passages are not always improved by music, especially when the music is inappropriate (or worse, not of the period!)  In this case, however, the music and the words blended seamlessly into each other.

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The one tiny bit of "nit-picking" I had was with the pronunciation of French names, which often showed the difficulty English actors have with certain French sounds such as "r" and "u"....
I am no better, but then I am not on the radio...
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YES, exact (as the French say!), but I didn't like to comment on that aspect as I didn't feel on solid groundWoot! [:-))]

But the pronunciation of ponte vecchio (when they were talking about Florence) was also incorrect.  But, as the young Marcel was speaking, perhaps the child (albeit a very precocious one) could be forgiven for that error!

BTW, I heard the Ravel string quartet played recently in an early evening concert. I am taking the liberty of posting you some info on the concert:

Unfortunately, it's very rare that we get such illustrious musicians in our neck of the woods, but  the cellist is a family friend and he has a second home nearby


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Thank you very much, Norman. The music fitted so well, and didn’t interfere with listening to the words, as can happen. I guessed that the composers you link to were likely to have been used as he would know their work well.

The link to the Fauré was lovely; I love Après un Rêve and Monet’s paintings in the clip gave an extra perspective.

Mint, it sounds wonderful to have the opportunity to attend that concert.


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Off thread...I like this version of Debussy's piano music:


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That was sublime Norman, thank you.


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Ok, guys, I have had another reply from the BBC and here are the ones we missed out:


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