As part of the 2017/18 season at LSO St Luke’s, I worked with the BBC Singers to present a concert featuring the music of two anniversary composers: Claude Debussy and his younger Italian colleague Ildebrando Pizzetti. This concert was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3’s Lunchtime Concert, presented by Fiona Talkington.
Pizzetti’s music naturally tended towards drama, with expressive melodies and choral writing born of the lilting rhythms of the Italian language. His compositions are rarely performed today, but this is the kind of music that leaves a lasting impression. Debussy also has this power – the ability to weave stories from a simple melody, with an innate elegance and lyricism. These are two composers separated by a generation, whose music makes the perfect pairing.
Debussy: Trois chansons de Charles d’Orléans
Pizzetti: A Lament
Pizzetti: 2 Canzoni corali
Debussy, arr Clytus Gottwald: Des pas sur la neige (from Preludes, Book 1)
Pizzetti: De Profundis
Owain Park, conductor