Music in the Round


Spring Season 2018

La Belle Époque: Ensemble 360

Ensemble 360

Sun 11 Mar 2018 11:30am

Crucible Studio Theatre, Sheffield

La Belle Époque: Ensemble 360

Programme Information

Warm, evocative, sensual… arresting, daring, forward-looking.
The music of Ravel and Debussy is all these things and more. Over one weekend in March, Ensemble 360, Catrin Finch and guests present the complete chamber music of these two radical and inspirational composers as part of our Festival of Chamber Music and Song from France’s Golden Age, presented in collaboration with University of Sheffield Concerts.

RAVEL Violin Sonata No.1

RAVEL Sonata for Violin and Cello

DEBUSSY Petite pièce for clarinet and piano

DEBUSSY Première Rapsodie for clarinet and piano

DEBUSSY Violin Sonata

Energy and vitality counteract a degree of poignancy in this concert. Debussy’s Violin Sonata was the composer’s last completed work and the premiere in 1917 was his final performance. It’s a restless piece with the “breathlessness of a mortally wounded bird, which has a beauty and pathos of its own.”* Ravel’s Violin and Cello Sonata was dedicated to the memory of Debussy and its relentless drive makes it an arresting homage.

*Martin Cooper, Music Historian

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