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Sunday 5 March, 2023
Albert Hall, Yarralumla, 2pm

Chloe Lankshear Soprano
CSO Chamber Ensemble

Claude Debussy
Sonata in G minor for Violin and Piano

Gabriel Fauré
Ballade, op. 19

Claude Debussy
Ariettes oubliées (Forgotten Songs)
‘Le vent dans la plaine suspend son haleine’
‘Le Rossignol qui, du haut d’une branche’
‘Paysages belges (Chevaux de bois)’
‘Aquarelles I. Green’
‘Aquarelles II. Spleen’

Connor D’Netto
World premiere, new CSO commission

Claude Debussy
Fêtes galantes
‘Book II: Colloque sentimental’

Tickets
$42–49 Adults
$38–44 Concession (means-tested pensions)
$35 Under 35
$17 Student rush

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Abstract graphic showing multicoloured paints

‘There is no theory,’ Debussy famously declared. ‘Pleasure is the law!’

While Debussy strenuously rejected the association, some have drawn parallels between his music and the French Impressionist painters. The Impressionists were more concerned with the essence of a thing than its substance; this program explores that shimmering, transparent quality that we often associate with nostalgia and fond remembering.

From the opening bars, Debussy’s virtuosic G minor violin sonata reveals its depth of character. Dancing between light and shadow, this melancholic work is punctuated by bursts of sunny optimism and exuberance.
The mysterious link between memory and the senses is a central idea of Marcel Proust’s 1939 novel In Search of Lost Time. Gabriel Fauré was among the French writer’s creative influences; there’s something Proustian about the tender longing of the Ballade from Fauré’s opus 19, one of his most substantial works for solo piano.

Another interplay between music and the written word, Debussy’s Ariette oubliées (Forgotten Songs) is based on poems by Paul Verlaine. With great nuance and subtlety, this song cycle embodies the emotions and sensations stirred by the natural world: the shadow cast by a tree, the sound of rainfall or a gentle morning breeze.

This program features a new commission from Connor D’Netto, whose work balances intricate rhythms with heartfelt lyricism and rich, enveloping textures. We close with Debussy’s poignant ‘lover’s dialogue’ from Fêtes galantes, also based on Verlaine’s poetry.