Februari Festival 'Camille Saint-Saëns'

Februari Festival
LudmilaBerlinskaya_ArthurAncelle_FebruariFestival2021
Date: Friday, 02 July 2021 16:30

Venue: Nieuwe Kerk The Hague

Saint-Saëns: Danse macabre, Op. 40 (original version for 2 pianos) - Polonaise in F minor, Op. 77 - Caprice Arabe, Op. 96 - Caprice-Valse ‘Wedding Cake’, Op. 76 - Caprice héroïque, Op. 106 - Danse macabre (arr. for 2 pianos by Liszt/Horowitz/Ancelle)
Chaminade: Valse carnavalesque, Op. 73 - Pas des cymbales, Op. 36 No. 2
Ysaÿe: Sonata for Violin Solo in D minor, Op. 27 No. 3

Piano Duo Ludmila Berlinskaya & Arthur Ancelle | Jeroen Dupont, violin

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A few programme notes on this concert:
Saint-Saëns was one of the most celebrated pianists of his era. As he was aware of his status in this respect, we cannot deny him a certain exhibitionism. He enjoyed taking the stage together with other pianists, preferably each performing on his own piano. High time to become acquainted – or reacquainted – with his piano music! The common thread running through the festival is a selection of violin sonatas by Belgian violinist and composer Eugène Ysaÿe, for whom Saint-Saëns wrote his first string quartet. Ysaÿe’s sonatas have a romantic flavour and require a fair amount of virtuosity. In this, he is not inferior to Saint-Saëns: this is music that requires a high degree of musicianship from its performers. Spectacular musical fireworks guaranteed!

 

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