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Graham Johnson
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Le Plus Doux Chemin

18/02/2013 from 19:30 to 00:00

Any history of the golden age of French song and its revitalisation in the late 20th century would be incomplete without a substantial chapter on the work of Graham Johnson. The pianist’s scholarship and musicianship once again combine in his choice of themes and works for ‘Le Plus Doux Chemin’, Wigmore Hall’s beguiling exploration of French mélodie. The range of songs and the corresponding artistic breadth of their interpreters here promise to deliver one of the highlights of the 2012/13 season, drawing audiences to embark on an unmissable voyage of discovery and rediscovery.

French Song Series: Pre-concert Talk

Roderick Swanston explores the music in the evening concert entitled Masques et Bergamasques, the second in Graham Johnson's French Song Series: Le Plus Doux Chemin. The talk will be approximately 45 min in duration with no interval and will start at 6pm on 18 Febuary. 

About the concert "Masques et Bergamasques"

In this concert, the second in Graham Johnson’s French Song Series, the pursuits of the idle rich, so ardently cultivated by French aristocrats in the decades before the Revolution, are recalled in Debussy’s youthful first book of Fêtes galantes, erotically charged settings of verse by Paul Verlaine.

The symbolist poet’s English years, chiefly spent as a school-teacher in Lincolnshire, were prefaced by a spell in prison following his drunken attempt to shoot fellow author and libertine Arthur Rimbaud!

Performers

Ailish Tynan, soprano

Yann Beuron, tenor

Graham Johnson, piano

Programme

Fetes Galantes

Debussy, Clair de lune (1st version)

Ravel, Sur l'herbe

Fauré, Mandoline No. 1 from 'Cinq mélodies de Venise' Op. 58

Szulc, Clair de lune

Dupont, Mandoline

Fauré, Clair de lune Op. 46 No. 2

'Des Feuilles Et Des Branches'

Hahn, En sourdine No. 4 from 'Chansons grises'

Fauré, Green No. 3 from 'Cinq mélodies de Venise' Op. 58

Poldowski, L'Heure exquise

Hahn, Offrande

Fauré, En sourdine No. 2 from 'Cinq mélodies de Venise' Op. 58

Chausson, Apaisement Op. 13 No. 1

Massenet, Rêvons, c'est l'heure

Verlaine And Rimbaud In England

Fauré, Spleen Op. 51 No. 3

Debussy, L’échelonnement des haies

Poldowski, Dansons la gigue

Debussy, Il pleure dans mon coeur from 'Ariettes oubliées & La mer est plus belle

Bordes, Dansons la gigue

After The Masque

Lipatti, Sensation

Debussy, Spleen from 'Ariettes oubliées'

Vierne, Spleen from 'Spleens et Détresses'

Vaughan Williams, The Sky above the Roof

Fauré, Prison Op. 83 No. 1

Aubert, Nocturne

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