Back to 1978/9 season

Four Settings of a Drama! (Eric Dawes, Jan.26th,1979)

SibeliusPelléas et Mélisande - At the Castle Gate
DebussyPelléas et Mélisande - Act I, Scene I
SibeliusPelléas et Mélisande - A spring in the park
FauréPelléas et Mélisande - La Fileuse
DebussyPelléas et Mélisande - Act IV, Scene I
DebussyPelléas et Mélisande - Act IV, End of Scene II, Scene III
FauréPelléas et Mélisande - Mort de Mélisande
SchoenbergPelléas et Mélisande (complete)

This was a very skilfully-presented programme in which Eric took us through the story of the drama from start to finish in the first half, using the music of Debussy, Sibelius and Fauré as illustration. The resulting familiarity with events left the audience well-prepared to follow the course of Schoenberg's long and complex tone-poem.