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Sonate pour violoncelle et piano, Claude Debussy
Angela Zamorano, cello
Lee Jae Phang, piano

The first within a collection of six, Debussy wrote this sonata towards the end of his life as a declaration of love to his wife. In composing this work, he drew direct inspiration from the French Baroque sonata of the 17th and 18th centuries: unlike the Viennese sonata, for example, it contains only one theme, and it is a relatively short piece of about ten minutes only.

« Les Berceaux », Opus 23 n°1, Gabriel Fauré
Charlotte Badham, mezzo-soprano
Lee-Jae Phang, piano

Composed in 1879, this melody for voice and piano is one of three dedicated to the singer Alice Boissonnet, who inspired many composers of the same era. The piano accompaniment, gently swinging, is reminiscent of the sea. The words of the poem express sombre regret.

3ème mouvement du concerto pour violoncelle, Edward Elgar
Adele Xiang, cello
Lee Jae Phang, piano

Cello Concerto in E minor, Opus 85, composed in 1919 .
This poignant piece is part of one of the most-loved concerti in the cello repertoire.

« Danse macabre », Camille Saint-Saëns
Charlotte Badham, mezzo-soprano
Lisa Meschi, violin
Sid Ramchander, piano

Saint-Saëns wrote this interpretation of Henry Cazali’s poem "Danse macabre" for voice and piano in 1872. The poem tells of an old French superstition: the Dead arise at midnight every year on the 31st of October. Death summons them to dance to a violin tune until dawn, when the skeletons return to their graves until the next year.
Saint- Saëns revised this piece in 1874 to create the famous symphonic poem, replacing the vocal part with a violin.

Trois Préludes, volume 2 : Brouillards, Feuilles mortes, et la puerta del vino, Claude Debussy
Sid Ramchander, piano

Debussy’s 24 preludes are divided into two volumes of twelve preludes. Although they are inspired by the famous preludes of the past, such as those by J. S. Bach or Chopin, for example, Debussy breaks from tradition in that he does not follow a set succession of keys.

« Après un rêve », Gabriel Fauré
Lisa Meschi, violin
Sid Ramchander, piano

The composition of "Après un rêve" was inspired by the text of an anonymous Italian poet, freely translated into French by Romain Bussine. In this piece, published for the first time in 1878, the poem’s narrator describes his dream of escaping with a loved one.

« Chanson du matin », Opus 15 n°2, Edward Elgar
Lisa Meschi, violin
Adele Xiang, cello
Sid Ramchander, piano

Composed around 1890, this music was originally written for violin and piano. Elgar later arranged the piece for orchestra. Since then, many arrangements have been made - including this one for piano, violin and cello.

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