Reverie - CD

The CD of RÍverie (with narrator Alex Jennings) is now available

Elégie - Lucy Parham
Rêverie - Lucy Parham
Beloved Clara - Lucy Parham
Odyssey of Love - Lucy Parham
Nocturne - Lucy Parham

 

 

ďLucy Parham is no ordinary pianist...she has the ability to get inside the personality of the composers whose music she plays and to devise programmes of words and music which enable audiences to share the experience. This was far from being a reading of letters and diaries; Alex Jennings WAS Debussy. As for Lucy Parham, she was on excellent form caressing the notes in Pagodes to create an Oriental atmosphere, as Debussy instructed, and giving a wonderful rendition of Jardins sous la pluie in which you could just imagine the composer walking out on Lily into the pouring rain, while the crowning glory of the evening was a passionate and exhilarating performance of Líisle joyeuse

SEEN AND HEARD INTERNATIONAL MAY 2014 (Chipping Campden Festival)

Rêverie
The life and loves of Claude Debussy


“Winningly compiled and performed, Parham's drama places the French composer's music in fascinating context. Jennings narrates with wit and authority.”
**** (4 stars)
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE, MAY 2017


Debussy reborn in music and words
“The music in Parham’s programme was chosen to reflect the mood of the letters, and this it did with great success. Henry Goodman is a brilliant character actor, and here he gave us a gallery of characters… he cast a bleak spell as the loneliness of fame and the bitterness of illness kicked in. Meanwhile, Parham’s playing superbly covered the musical bases, from the lazy opulence of ‘Soirée dans Grenade’ to the glacial chill of ‘Des pas sur la neige’, from the tintinnabulation of ‘Pagodes’ to the chaste beauty of ‘La fille aux cheveux de lin’.”
**** (4 stars)
THE INDEPENDENT / WIGMORE HALL / DECEMBER 2012 

Created in 2012 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Claude Debussy, Rêverie is the fourth biographical programme of composers’ words and music to be compiled and scripted by pianist Lucy Parham. A crucial element of Debussy’s complex intellectual and emotional world was an entangled love life that brought illicit trysts in Jersey, a brush with a revolver and even a suicide attempt.

One of the most prolific and innovative composers of the early 20th century, Claude Debussy absorbed and transformed cultural influences from countries as far apart as Scotland (The Girl with the Flaxen Hair), Japan (Poissons d’Or) and the USA (Golliwogg’s Cake Walk).

The narrative of Rêverie, which takes the form of a personal journal, follows him from his initial success with the Prix de Rome in 1885 to his untimely death in 1918. It is punctuated with solo piano works ranging from the ever-popular lyricism of Clair de Lune, Reverie and The Girl with the Flaxen Hair to such virtuosic showpieces as Jardins sous la Pluie, the Etudes and L’Isle Joyeuse.

Rêverie debuted in Sheffield with Dominic West in 2012 and then received its critically acclaimed London debut in the Wigmore Hall’s London Piano Series with Henry Goodman.
Recent and future performances include the Barbican, Milton Court, St John’s Smith Square, Kings Place, Almeida Theatre, Theatre Royal Brighton, Richmond Theatre, Chipping Campden Festival, Ryedale Festival, Brunton Theatre Edinburgh, Macynlleth Festival, Amigos Series Portugal, Stratford upon Avon Festival, Salisbury Playhouse,Worcester Theatre, St. George’s Bristol, Harrogate International Festival, Hertford Theatre, Middle Temple Hall, Petworth Festival, Cambridge International Festival, The Apex Bury St. Edmunds, Canterbury Festival, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre and the City of London Guildhall.

Actors include Simon Russell Beale, Dominic West, Henry Goodman, Alex Jennings, Michael Maloney, Samuel West, Robert Glenister, Tim McInnerny, Roger Allam and Simon Callow.

Click here to watch the video of Rêverie with Simon Russell Beale.



Lucy Parham and Simon Russell Beale perform Rêverie at St Johnís Smith Square


Lucy Parham and Henry Goodman perform Rêverie at the Wigmore Hall, December 2012


Lucy Parham and Dominic West perform RÍverie at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

 

Click below to listen to extracts from RÍverie.
Narrated by Alex Jennings

 

The Cast:

Simon Russell Beale
 
Dominic West
 
Samuel West
 
Henry Goodman
 
Michael Maloney
 
Alex Jennings
 
Brendan Coyle
 
 
Roger Allam
 
Tim McInnerny
 
Simon Callow
 
 
 
 
 

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