Debussy – Cinq Poèmes de Baudelaire, & songs by Fauré and Charpentier (Bevan / Kynoch)
31 October 2009, 13:10
This event will be broadcast from Jacqueline du Pré Music Building
Charles Debussy (1862 - 1918) – Cinq Poèmes de Baudelaire
Songs by Fauré and Charpentier
Supported by The Nicholas John Charitable Trust
This delightful recital programme is part of today's study day; you are welcome to attend this recital by itself, but warmly encouraged to attend the lectures either side of it which will provde a fascinating context for the music being performed.
Debussy’s five settings of Baudelaire are one of the pinnacles of the mélodie repertoire; five of his most impressive and ambitious songs. The songs of Fauré are, by comparison, miniatures, but they are full of subtle nuance and gentle surprises that take them beyond being merely charming. Gustave Charpentier won the famed Prix de Rome in 1887, but is now virtually unknown (except to some for his opera Louise). Today we hear four settings of Baudelaire that show him to be a composer of great imagination and skill, unjustly neglected. Two of these songs require a female chorus, for which Mary Bevan (already making an impressive name for herself, whilst still at the Royal Academy of Music Opera Course) is joined by members of Consort Iridiana.
Tickets £10 (students £5), also including admission to the day's lectures.