On tour in Japan in January 2016, Laurent Cabasso will perform again his program Forests and sound enchantment :

« To imagine a musical program about the forest, was the challenge the Cité de la Musique in Paris gave me two years ago. 

Pretty soon I was facing two stiffness: very few only piano works were inspired by this beautiful topic and the need to find a consistency in the sequence of obviously heterogeneous pieces. So I chose works that relate to the forest at least by their titles, a poetic feeling, or with an emotional climate that call to mind in a subjective manner the sound of nature or forest (night music extract from the suite Out Of Doors from Bélà Bartok). The hunting topic, so romantic, couldn’t be missing, offering one of the most heroic and burning work of Liszt : the transcendental study of Wilde Jagd. 

I quickly realise that several of these composers had been sensible to the peaceful atmosphere that prevails in this places, playing essentially on chiaroscuro tones. So I had to think about an order to move from one work to another without creating an unpleasant feeling of monotony for the listener. Guided only by the necessity of giving rhythm to this program, I decided not to group works by composers, styles or chronological order therefore causing ruptures sometimes surprising encounters. »

Forests and sound enchantment

Robert Schumann (1810-1856) : Waldszenen op. 81

– (short break, then all following pieces lined up next to each other) –

Emmanuel Chabrier (1841-1894) : Sous-bois (Pièces pittoresques)

Claude Debussy  (1862-1918) : Cloches à travers les feuilles (2ème livre des Images)

Claude Debussy  (1862-1918) : Jardins sous la pluie (Estampes) (Nous n’irons plus au bois)

Béla Bartok (1881-1945) : Musiques nocturnes (Suite En plein air)

Franz Liszt (1811-1886) : Waldesrauschen (Murmures de la forêt) (études de concert)

Franz Liszt (1811-1886) : Wilde Jagd (Chasse Sauvage) (Etudes d’execution transcendantes)

Richard Strauss (1864-1949) : Auf stillen Waldespfad (Sur le calme sentier de la forêt) (Stimmungsbilder op.9 n°1)

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) : Waldesstille (Dans le silence de la forêt) (Pièces lyriques op. 71)

Claude Debussy  (1862-1918) : Bruyères (2ème livre des Préludes)

Eduard Schütt (1856-1933) : Paraphrase sur « Geschichten aus dem Wiener Wald » de Johann Strauss

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