Monday 16 May
Anna Markland piano
Saint-Saëns Les fleurs et les arbres / Calme des nuits
Satie Gnossienne No. 4 & 6
Debussy Trois chansons de Charles D’Orléans
Fauré Les roses d’Ispahan / Clair de Lune / Le Secret
Milhaud Deux poèmes
Ravel (arr. R.Williams) ‘Adagio Assai’ from Piano Concerto in G Major
Poulenc Un soir de neige / Sept chansons
Trad French (arr. M. Beavan) L’amour de moi
Trad French (arr. G. Richards) Baylero
I Fagiolini return to the Festival for the first time since their extraordinary collaboration with Circa, How Like An Angel. Celebrating their 30th anniversary and the new release on Decca Classics, I Fagiolini bring their trademark innovation and brilliance to a repertoire of French song and poetry.
Throughout this tasting menu of French choral delicacies, Satie’s mysterious Gnossiennes for piano provide palette-cleansing sorbets between the vocal courses, which include powerful Poulenc, rhapsodic Milhaud and ravishing pieces by Fauré and Saint-Saëns. The centrepiece is a daring new arrangement by Roderick Williams of the ravishing slow movement from Ravel’s jazz-flavoured Piano Concerto in G major.
‘If there’s a more enterprisingly theatrical vocal group than this one, I’ve yet to encounter it.’ The Daily Telegraph
‘I Fagiolini have a particular sensibility for French music as heard in the caressing expressiveness and beautifully rounded vowels … It was an evening of beguiling smooth sounds, intelligence and irreverence’ Sydney Morning Herald
Performance runs: c. 80 minutes (plus interval)