Recital of French duos. Featuring exquisite rare pieces by France’s most eminent composers from the 19th and 20th centuries. They will be performing pieces by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1924), a disciple of Gounod, who, with his trademark melodic elegance, wrote songs for two voices, including one in Spanish, El Desdichado, dedicated to the daughters of the famous singer and composer Pauline Viardot. There will also be music by the demanding Ernest Chausson (1855-1899), who was fascinated by Wagner and who died tragically at the end of the 19th Century, leaving his finest work in vocal music in his song books, perfect descriptions of nature.
And finally, compositions by the prolific Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924), the maestro of mélodie, with an extensive elaborate vocal oeuvre: heir to Gounud’s romanticism, his style evolved and became more harmoniously and melodically complex in his final modernist era, whose influence extended to all later French composers in the 20th Century.