Nash Ensemble: The French Connection

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During Stravinsky’s time in French-speaking Switzerland and France he encountered ragtime and jazz, and developed his ‘neo-classical’ approach, while retaining musical affinities with his native Russia.

This series juxtaposes music from his French period with music by a variety of composers from the French tradition – including Saint-Saëns and Fauré, the great Impressionists Debussy and Ravel, and the ‘bright young things’ of the generation that emerged after the First World War.

Under the Patronage of H.E. Madame Sylvie Bermann, French Ambassador to the United Kingdom