French Classics

Fabien Gabel - Beatrice Rana


Fabien Gabel conductor
Beatrice Rana piano
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus

Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.3
Debussy/Dean Ariettes Oubliées
Ravel Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No.2

All the perfumes of Arabia would fade alongside this fragrant program of exquisite French offerings complete with Paris-born conductor Fabien Gabel.

Australian mezzo-soprano Fiona Campbell will spin the long, languid lines of Debussy’s Forgotten Songs – the perfect complement to Ravel’s spectacular ballet suite, Daphnis et Chloé, framing Prokofiev’s tempestuous third piano concerto.

Expect sparks and sparkle from young Italian pianist Beatrice Rana as she makes her debut with the MSO.

‘Gabel was in his element here, eliciting highly expressive playing from the orchestra…This enormously talented conductor is worth a second look.’ Texas Classical Review.

Friday, 23 November and Saturday, 24 November
Pre-concert talk: Join Cybec Young Composer in Residence, Ade Vincent, for a pre-concert conversation inside Hamer Hall from 6.15pm.

Monday, 26 November
Post-concert talk: Join Andrew Aronowicz for a post-concert conversation inside the Stalls Foyer of Hamer Hall from 8.30pm.

Running Time: 1 hour and 50 minutes, including a 20-minute interval

Want to increase your music knowledge?

Attend Ears Wide Open: Debussy, where you will learn about one of the pieces being performed at the concert.

For only $35 ($30 concession), you will go on a part-concert, part-guided-music journey with MSO Assistant Principal Cellist Nicholas Bochner presenting the concert while trombonist and conductor Brett Kelly leads the Orchestra.

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