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Easy Grace

Erik Satie: Gymnopedies
Erik Satie: Gnossienne No.3.
Karol Szymanowski: Violin concerto No. 1, Op. 35
César Franck: Symphony in D minor

Benjamin Beilman – violin

Conducted by: Gilbert Varga

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Strangely enough, the younger pieces in this program will be followed by an older one, yet the works still somehow stand together in organic unity with each other, and also with French and European musical culture. Erik Satie was the turn of the century France’s ‘bad boy.’ He was much less excited about the idea of a heroic reformation than his contemporaries, and much more so about provoking the bourgeois. The intricacies he created were laced with a subtle humour that occasionally matched the artistry of Debussy. It’s an interesting fact, that the three piano pieces of his that we hear at the beginning of the concert were used by Debussy, as well as Poulenc, for orchestra. Next, we can hear Karol Szymanowski’s violin concerto, not only one of the great sounds of the turn of the century, but also unequivocally Polish, and as such, comparable to Chopin’s artistry. The classically arranged recital made up of unique pieces will finish with a symphony from the pen of the romantic composer Cesar Franck, who traditionally composed for the organ. Unlike Satie, Franck belongs to the ranks of the ever serious, woe-ridden composers, labouring on this single symphony for years to produce a final result dressed seriously in d minor and, true to the French style, made up of three movements.

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