[Federico Cortese Conducts Debussy] Federico Cortese, photo courtesy of The Orchestra Now
Federico Cortese, photo courtesy of The Orchestra Now

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Federico Cortese Conducts Debussy

Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings
Claude Debussy: La mer
César Franck: Symphony in D Minor

Dynamic guest conductor Federico Cortese conducts Barber, Adagio for Strings; Debussy, La mer; and Franck, Symphony in D Minor. Adagio for Strings is Barber’s best-known composition. La mer, three “symphonic sketches” by Debussy, are inspired by the ocean. Franck’s “remarkable and radical” Symphony in D Minor stoked controversy for its “ambitious fusion of French and German musical traditions” (Guardian).
David Lynch and Oliver Stone discuss on All Things Considered why they chose the Barber Adagio for the soundtracks of The Elephant Man and Platoon.

Read about Franck’s Symphony in D Minor in the Guardian.
Read about La mer on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s website.