Lovely and dreamy, with an air of La belle époque.
When philharmonic musicians Johan Fransén, Mikael Sjögren and Stefan Lindgren perform music for clarinet, cello and piano at the Soup Concert this Friday, the focus will be entirely on French composer Gabriel Fauré.
Pavane, a chivalrous dance in true Belle époque style, was originally a piano piece but is better known in the version for orchestra and choir. As such, it has been performed, among other places, at a spectacular party in the Bois de Boulogne – the huge park in Paris.
Berceuse means lullaby and even though Fauré did not consider this little piece to be particularly important, it became a monumental success that was played everywhere, from small cafés to international stages. Après un rêve from 1878 also became highly beloved, especially in Pablo Casal’s arrangement for cello and piano from 1910. This wordless song is about an imaginary romantic journey with a beloved.
Sicilienne was originally an orchestral piece for a theatrical production that never came to be, so Fauré arranged the music for cello and piano instead. The concluding trio had its world premiere in 1923 in celebration of the composer’s 73rd birthday. Fauré wrote it in Annecy-le-Vieux where he was resting after a trying lung inflammation.