A highly unusual trio is being honoured! What do they have in common, these three musicians, besides their extraordinary talent? First, a fervent desire to promote the richness of a repertoire that they have extolled for nearly 10 years on the major international stages with ensembles as prestigious as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra or the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester of Berlin.
Next? A particular taste for French chamber music, on which this programme places a special accent, with a few foreign incursions. And lastly, without contest, an elective affinity: the trio for flute, harp and viola.
If the repertoire for this formation can hardly be called abundant, it nonetheless boasts a few exquisite pearls that we all but too rarely get the opportunity to hear. The proposed programme promises an elegiac and refined concert, which, from Fauré to Britten, pits the repertoire of the late 19th century in a dialogue with compositions from the post-1945 period. We should signal notably the sumptuous Trio by Debussy, a true homage to French style and taste, the magnificent adaptation of the Sonatine for piano by Ravel or again the moving Lachrymae by Britten, based on a song by John Dowland.
Xavier de Maistre harp
Magali Mosnier flute
Antoine Tamestit alto
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) Lachrymae op.48 for alto and harp
Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) Fantaisy in C for flute and harp (adapt. X. de Maistre) and Impromptu for harp
Claude Debussy (1862-1918) Sonata in trio L137
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) Sonatina for flute, alto and harp from the Sonata for piano (adapt. Carlos Salzedo)
Arnold Bax (1883-1953) Elegiac trio
Jacques F.A. Ibert (1890-1962) Two interludes in trio