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Princesse de Polignac requests the pleasure of your company…
The Paris Salon was a centre of hedonistic social and artistic life and none was finer than the one run by Winnaretta Singer, heiress to the Singer sewing machine fortune and a grand patron of the arts. Yet this formidable and enigmatic woman, who was a talented musician and artist, did not merely host performances for entertainment and kudos. Her energies transformed the salon into a crucial creative force that became the birthplace of pioneering music by Fauré, Debussy and many others.
We are delighted to welcome actress Maggie Steed who will, in the guise of Winnaretta, introduce this exclusive world inhabited by Proust, Diaghilev, Isadora Duncan, Jean Cocteau, Virginia Woolf, Colette and many others.
POULENC Sonata for Oboe and Piano: Elégie
DEBUSSY Syrinx - for flut
FAURÉ Three Songs Op.7 - arr. for double bass and piano
STRAVINSKY Suite Italienne: Introduction and Minuet & Finale – for cello and piano
POULENC Elégie - for horn and piano
FAURÉ Fantaisie Op.79 - for flute and piano
GRANDVAL Romance and Gavotte - for oboe, cello and piano
ROSSINI Duetto for Cello and Double Bass in D
RAVEL Pavane pour une Infante Défunte - arr. Birtel for horn and piano
FAURÉ Elégie in C minor Op.24 - for cello and piano
DEBUSSY Prélude à l’après-midi d’un Faune – arr. for oboe, flute, horn, cello, double bass and piano
Pre-concert talk, 6.30pm
Ensemble 360 members Adrian and Laurène explore the music and personalities in tonight's concert.