Friday 13th December, 7:30-9:30pm
The Old Museum Building, Studio 2
480 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills
Claude Debussy – Suite Bergamasque
Sergei Prokofiev – Ballade for Cello and Piano in C minor, Op. 15
Pierre Sancan – Sonatine for flute and piano
Sergei Rachmaninoff– Sonata in G minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 19
Jonathan Henderson – Flute
Oliver Scott – Cello
Alex Raineri – Piano
The power of music lies in its potential for storytelling and what better means of projecting narrative than the shared dialogue of chamber music.
Claude Debussy’s Suite Bergamasque represents a youthful picture of the composer’s early style, featuring the ever-popular Clair De Lune. Another youthful tapestry is painted by Sergei Prokofiev in the Ballade Op. 15, a work that is sometimes duskily lilting, at other times pulverizing, sweeping through monumental gestures with moments of awe-inspired grandeur.
Pierre Sancan was one of France’s most influential musical figures in the twentieth-century, though most of his music is now unknown. The Sonatine for flute and piano is perhaps his most celebrated work and features enchanting melodies that twist back and forth over a bed of charmingly chromatic harmonies.
Ending with one of the meatiest duos in the chamber music canon, Rachmaninoff’s Sonata for Cello and Piano was composed shortly after the immensely successful Second Piano Concerto and owes much to the latter work in regards to scale and sentiment. Few composers have so deeply explored the cello’s capacity for passionate intensity and arresting tenderness.
Ticket price includes a complementary drink and light refreshments at interval.