Performers :Orchestre national d'Île-de-France, Kahchun Wong
Instruments :Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello, Contrabass, Flute, Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn 1, Horn 3, Harp
About : The Prélude à l'Après-midi d'un faune is one of Claude Debussy's best-known symphonic works. It was written in an impressionistic aesthetic and was inspired by a poem from Stéphane Mallarmé. It was an immediate success and Maurice Ravel described it as "a unique miracle in all music history". Debussy wrote in the printed program: "The music of this Prelude is a very free illustration of Mallarmé's beautiful poem. It hardly wishes to summarize this poem, but rather wants to suggest the different atmospheres, in the midst of which evolve the desires, and the dreams of the Egipan, on this burning afternoon. Tired of chasing fearful nymphs and timid naiads, he abandons himself to a voluptuous sleep that animates the dream of a desire finally fulfilled: the complete possession of the whole nature ".