Art School neighbours The Royal Northern College of Music have a festival opening tomorrow:
L’Esprit de Paris here is an excerpt fromcartistic director Petr Prause. click on the image to go direct to the site
For me, Paris conjures up vibrancy - the architecture, the food and, of course, Parisians themselves are gloriously colourful. And this translates to the music of this wonderful city. Indeed, the colourful sound is what I find so attractive in French chamber music. That sound never stops developing; there is always a touch of freshness in it, throughout the centuries.
This year’s Festival programme explores the repertoire that emerged from the courts and churches of Paris in the early 18th century, the wealth of sumptuous music by the Romantic composers of the 19th and early 20th centuries, and beyond, including works by composers from ‘Les Six’ and Olivier Messiaen.
Two of the great masters of French music, Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, are given special attention on Saturday and Sunday of the Festival respectively.