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City of Light: Virtuoso Parisian Music for Two ‘Cellos
February 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST$40.00
Phoebe Carrai & Mark Kramer – Baroque ‘Cellos
A dazzling evening of music for two ‘cellos followed by a sumptuous buffet of French pastries.
Under the luminescence of sparkling chandeliers, ceilings covered with gold filigree and a
profusion of glittering ornaments, eighteenth-century Parisian music rooms provided the
perfect backdrop for the luxurious and graceful music of French composers. It was a time
when advances in ‘cello technique flourished and virtuosi of the instrument explored
dizzying high finger-positions, breathtaking passage work and impressive double stops. The
rich sonority of two ‘cellos inspired a wealth of ‘duet’ collections – many of which satisfied
the prevailing rage for opera, particularly that of Rameau. From a Paris archive, long
forgotten music by leading and obscure composers lay alongside anonymous pieces of
extraordinary quality and beauty. Innovations in ‘cello playing and expression coincided with
a distinct French style – a musical language so far reaching it influenced Johann Sebastian
Bach and his famous suites for solo violoncello.
Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, Sonata in D Minor
Jean Baptiste Thomas, Sonata III in G Major
Johann Sebastian Bach, Suite No. 1 in G Major BWV 1007
Jean-Philippe Rameau, Les niais de Sologne from Les Gentils Airs
Jean-Philippe Rameau, Les Sauvages, Suite 1 in D Minor from Les Gentils Airs
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