Pamela Smits – Cello
Matthieu Idmtal – Piano
Just as fellow countryman and contemporary Claude Monet was a masterly revolutionary and founder of Impressionism in painting, Debussy also created a new world of sound. Remarkably, the most beautiful music is often created during wartime. What was it that, in spite of the horrors, despair and chaos inherent in revolutions, allowed such fantastic music to flow from the composer’s pen? Was it to express the tsunami of emotions? Or maybe the music gods helped, as if it were a victory over dark times...
At the outbreak of the First World War, the frail Ravel was very motivated to serve his country. He therefore worked feverishly on his piano trio and enlisted in the French army immediately upon its completion. Ravel was rejected for the front, but helped in the field hospital and later as a truck driver. The piece is an absolute masterpiece!
The program before the intermission is a showcase of charming, heartbreaking, sparkling, and virtuosic pearls of duos and solos. Let yourself be transported with the music by these three great musicians.
Duo for violin and cello IV. Vif
Sonata for violin and piano
La plus que lente, for piano solo
Andante Opus 117, for cello and piano
Tzigane, for viool and piano
– intermission –
Piano trio in A minor