Of the five Elements, air is the one that probably best captures the imagination: intangible, invisible, yet essential for life and inspiring.
To begin with, a light and almost transparent work by the Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu: How Slow the Wind. Debussy’s Nocturnes are an impressive triptych in which he tried to capture slowly changing breaths with their subtle colours in music.
All this natural beauty comes together in Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony. In his ode to nature and the beloved countryside, a storm sweeps the air clean.
Flagey, Brussels Philharmonic, Vlaams Radio Koor