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Video streamed event and on demand: Wind, Sand and Stars

Watch online on orchestraoftheswan.orgOrchestra of the SwanRecorded at Stratford Play House, Stratford-on-Avon, United Kingdom
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Monday 11 January 202119:00
On demand until Monday 10 January 2022 23:59

In the second of their straight-to-streaming Night Owl digital concerts, Orchestra of the Swan with Artistic Director David Le Page, capture the daring days of early aviation when to be a pilot was a thing of wonder, in an intrepid voyage with the daring French aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of Le Petit Prince.

Extracts from the autobiography of the great aviator, Wind, Sand and Stars, narrated by Graham Padden, interweave with a soundscape from twentieth-century France, from the velvet minimalist chords of Satie, to the brightly polished and exquisite whirring world of Ravel, from the exotic flavours of Debussy to the grit and pathos of Montmartre Chanson, with Charles Trenet’s iconic La Mer in an arrangement by David Le Page.

Through bittersweet words and music, the digital concert captures the wonder and magic of the world seen from the sky, the desert’s sand, wind and stars, which mesmerised Saint-Exupery from a solitary height: “I know solitude. Three years in the desert have taught me its taste. What is frightening is not the consuming of youth out there in that landscape, but the perception that far away from you the whole world is growing old. The trees have formed their fruit, the earth has brought forth its wheat, the women are already lovely. The season is moving on, you want to hurry home...The season is moving on, and you are trapped far away...And the good things of the earth are slipping between your fingers like the fine sand of the dunes.

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