City of Light: Esa-Pekka Salonen on Debussy’s Pelleas et Melisande

Esa-Pekka Salonen describes his love affair with Debussy's only opera

City of Light: Uncover the history of the French flute with Sam Coles

Explore the flute via Debussy’s Syrinx, and find out how today's instrument evolved thanks to innovation and the mastery of the French makers.

City of Light: Discover The Magic

Paris was the place to be in the first half of the 20th century. Immerse yourself in the city in our introduction from our Series Advisors.

City of Light: Ravel's World

A universe in each room, and a forest for his imagination: Ravel’s endlessly creative, boundless world

City of Light: In Performance: Debussy's Syrinx with Sam Coles

A full performance of Debussy's Syrinx by Philharmonia Orchestra Principal Flute, Sam Coles

City of Light: Naturally Inspired

Find out how French composers brought the natural world into their art

City of Light: A guide to the Piano luthéal

Discover an astonishingly diverse device that forms part of one of the world’s rarest instruments

City of Light: Making the Ondes Martenot speak

Find out how the lab at the Musée de la Musique is trying to bring this delicate instrument back to life

City of Light: Esa-Pekka Salonen compares Debussy and Ravel

Esa-Pekka Salonen compares the distinct styles of the composers at the heart of the series

City of Light: Esa-Pekka Salonen Introduces the Series

Dive into this extraordinary period and its sound world with the Philharmonia Orchestra

City of Light: Esa-Pekka Salonen on Dutilleux's Correspondances

Find out how composer Henri Dutilleux carried on the refined French composition traditions established in the early 20th century

City of Light: Debussy's Life & Loves

All about Debussy's extraordinary effect on women, and his distaste for travel

City of Light: A guide to the Ondes Martenot

Discover this early electronic instrument, invented in Paris in 1928

City of Light: Performer's Perspective on Ravel's Tzigane

Voyage into the Romanian countryside of violinist Sarah Nemtanu's imagination, a scene she conjures when performing this piece

City of Light: Ravel’s Tzigane with Sarah Nemtanu

Violinist Sarah Nemtanu is one of the few to have performed with the rare piano luthéal, bringing the folky sound of Ravel's Tzigane to life

City of Light: The Montparnasse Melting Pot

The artists and writers of Montparnasse broke the rules and changed art forever

A Portrait of the Composer André Jolivet

André Jolivet's daughter, Christine Jolivet, shares another side of her father in this intimate int...


The Firebird Project: Documentary

What happened when we brought together young musicians and dancers from southwest London to create t...

The Firebird Project: Performance Film

A film of the original choreography created for the 2013/14 Firebird Project featuring dancers from ...

Listening Guide: Stravinsky's The Firebird Suite

The Philharmonia Orchestra's Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Esa-Pekka Salonen, discusses ...

Philharmonia on Tour: Paris & The Rite of Spring (2013)

Go on a journey with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra to Paris, as they prepare for ...

Listening Guide: Stravinsky's The Firebird Suite

Animateur Paul Rissmann takes us on a mystical journey through Stravinsky's The Firebird Suite....

Esa-Pekka Salonen on the Rite of Spring

With 2013 being the Centenary year for Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, Principal Conductor and Artistic...

Listening Guide: Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring

Animateur Paul Rissmann delves into the brutal and paganistic world of Stravinsky's masterpiece the ...


In Performance: Peter Jablonski plays Debussy, Images I, Reflets dans l'eau

Peter Jablonski plays Debussy's "Reflets dans l'eau", the first of three pieces for the piano from h...

Listening Guide: Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

The Philharmonia Orchestra's Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Esa-Pekka Salonen, talks abou...


Olivier Messiaen 1908-1992: Messiaen's use of birdsong

A film made as part of the Philharmonia Orchestra's 2008 season celebrating the composer Olivier Mes...

Olivier Messiaen 1908-1992: Messiaen and the Organ

Composer Olivier Messiaen was the organist at La Trinité Church in Paris for over 60 years, and bot...

Olivier Messiaen 1908-1992: Messiaen and Synaesthesia

We speak to artist Jane Mackay about how synaesthesia affects her artwork, and how it has influenced...

Olivier Messiaen 1908-1992: The Boston Première of Turangalîla-Symphonie

The Turangalîla-Symphonie was Messiaen's first major international commission, requested by Serge K...

Olivier Messiaen 1908-1992: Esa-Pekka Salonen on Messiaen

Esa-Pekka Salonen discusses Messiaen in this film from 2008....