Ludovic Morlot and the MSO make waves with sea-themed performance
LUDOVIC MORLOT: A NIGHT AT SEA ★★★
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Hamer Hall, May 16
No matter where they may hail from, composers the world over have long drawn inspiration from the sea. This program helmed by French guest conductor Ludovic Morlot took its audience on an aquatic odyssey across Europe, revealing the changeable character of this music’s watery muse.
Beginning in Russia, Liadov’s small but perfectly formed tone poem, The Enchanted Lake, summoned a dreamy calm.
This gave way to the expansive Finnish shores of Sibelius’ almost proto-minimalist The Oceanides, its throbbing brass chords, so characteristic of the composer’s mature output, evoking the ebb and flow of the tide.
Voyaging then to the blasted shale of the Suffolk coast for the Sea Interludes from Britten’s opera Peter Grimes, this quartet of works charted a course through reaching emotional depths, from the aching sorrow of dawn into the eye of a ferocious squall.