Review / The new wave: Annette Morreau on Simon Rattle and the CBSO at the Proms
Saturday 30 July 1994
In a Prom elegantly constructed to point the links in sound-colour and approach of composers across the century, Turnage's Drowned Out was tellingly programmed alongside Sibelius's late masterpiece Tapiola, Messiaen's early love poem to his wife, Poemes pour Mi (with Maria Ewing the smokily seductive soloist, both voluptuous and nave), and Debussy's La Mer. There was almost a palpable smell of pine needles and salt. And as an encore Rattle offered a taste of the one composer otherwise missing from the group, Igor Stravinsky, the Pas de Deux from whose ballet Apollo provided a magical ending to an evening that convincingly made the case for preserving the symphony orchestra . . . at all costs.
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