Play Claude Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun to anyone who thinks classical music can’t be sexy.
From the sinuous and sighing flute solo that opens and closes it, this Faun is a study in quiet sensuality, a daydream in the shimmering heat. It was also a quiet revolution, a rethinking of the possibilities of colour and harmony.
The seductive Scheherazade is the ultimate story-teller, spinning out tales for 1001 Arabian nights to save her and her sister’s lives. In Rimsky-Korsakov’s opulent orchestral retelling she’s portrayed by a beguiling solo violin who dances through the stories of Sinbad at sea, of princes and festivals.
The versatile Alexander Shelley brings his fine-tuned musicianship to these legendary orchestral favourites.