|MASTER CLASS – CONCERT
Master Class – 2, 3, 4 April – 10am to 1pm
@ Goethe Institute
Concert – 5th April (Entrance fee: Rs 1000./-) Tickets sold at:
Gabriel Fauré – Robert Schumann
As the second step of the Lisztomania project, we are receiving in collaboration with Goethe Institute and the Chamber Music Society of Colombo, French musician Bernard Wacheux.
During his stay in Colombo, from 2nd to 4th April, he will hold a Master Class for violinists.
The Classical Music Concert is scheduled on the Friday 5th of April at the Goethe Institute, Colombo 7.
On the program:
Piano Quintet No. 2 in C minor, Op. 115
by Gabriel Fauré
Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44
by Robert Schumann
Bernard Wacheux (violin) will be accompanied by the Chamber Music Society of Colombo with Lakshman Joseph De Saram (violin), Peter O’Reilly (cello), Avanti Perera (alto) and Ashan Peiris (piano).
Gabriel Fauré (1845 –1924) was a celebrated French composer, organist, pianist and teacher. His musical style influenced many 20th -century composers. Among his best-known works are his “Pavane, Requiem”, “Nocturnes” for piano and the songs “Après un rêve” and “Clair de Lune”. Although his best-known and most accessible compositions are generally his earlier ones, Fauré composed many of his most highly regarded works in his later years, in a harmonically and melodically much more complex style. His music has been described as linking the end of Romanticism with the modernism of the second quarter of the 20th-century. In 1920, at the age of 75, Fauré retired from the Conservatoire because of his increasing deafness and frailty.
Piano Quintet No. 2 in C minor, Op. 115 belongs to Post-Romantic period and was composed in 1919-1921. The critically acclaimed premiere was performed on 21st May, 1921. “As the last chord sounded,” Fauré‘s son, Philippe recalled, “the audience were on their feet. There were shouts, and hands pointing to the box in which Fauré was sitting (he had heard nothing of the whole occasion). He came to the front row all-alone, nodding his head and looking so frail, thin and unsteady. He was very pale.”
Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856) was a German composer and influential music critic. He is widely regarded as one of the best representative of the Romantic era. He wrote exclusively for the piano until 1840; only later he composed for orchestra, many Lieder (songs for voice and piano), four symphonies, an opera and other orchestral, choral, and chamber works. Works such as “Kinderszenen”, “Album für die Jugend”, “Blumenstück”, “Sonatas” and “Albumblätter” are among his most famous.
Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44 was composed in 1842 and received its first public performance the following year. Noted for its “extroverted, exuberant” character, it is considered a major work of 19th-century Chamber Music by revolutionizing instrumentation and musical character of the piano quintet.
CLASSIC JAZZ CONCERT
27th – 28th – 29th March
@ QBAA (Evening 9 PM onwards)
The band’s repertoire consists of Sidney Bechet’s compositions, in addition to some great jazz standards and to their own compositions.
Olivier Franc, soprano saxophone, is the son of René Franc, clarinetist, who played with Sidney Bechet.
Olivier Franc began his career in the 1970’s. Well established in the classic jazz scene, the music critics called him Sidney Bechet’s best disciple and in 1997, he was rewarded with the ‘Prix du Musicien Français’ from the ‘Hot Club de France’ for his live CD ‘Swing Folies’. Olivier Franc offers a new and personal music while remaining faithful to the spirit and style of Sidney Bechet.
Since 2006, he has had the privilege of playing the saxophone that formerly belonged to Sidney Bechet.
Sidney Bechet (1837-1959) was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer. He was one of the first important soloists in jazz and perhaps the first notable jazz saxophonist. He successfully composed in jazz, pop-tune, and extended concert work forms. He knew how to read music but chose not to, due to his highly developed inner ear; he developed his own fingering system and never played section parts in a big band. His playing style is intense and passionate, and had a wide vibrato. He was also known to be very proficient with his instruments and a master at improvisation (both individual and collective).
“Bechet to me was the very epitome of jazz … everything he played in his whole life was completely original. I honestly think he was the most unique man to ever be in this music.” Duke Ellington.