FRENCH TOUCH - Accentus English version



Charles Koechlin
Rondels, Motets
Lili Boulanger
La Source, Soir sur la plaine, Hymne au soleil, Les Sirènes, Sous-Bois
Francis Poulenc
Un Soir de neige, Sept Chansons

What exactly is the French Touch when it is not a musical movement of the 1990s? Take, for example, the very French freedom of the music of Charles Koechlin, one of the most prolific composers of his time. In the line of Franck, Chabrier, Fauré and Debussy, he deployed polytonal language across many musical genres. The French Touch is also exemplified by the gracefulness of two of Koechlin’s pupils: Lili Boulanger, the first woman to win the Prix de Rome, and who, despite dying so prematurely at just 25, still had time to leave marvellous settings of poems for choir and piano; and Francis Poulenc whose sublime choral works contributed much to shaping the identity of accentus. Christophe Grapperon, the ensemble’s main associate conductor will be directing a programme that artfully combines avant-garde and tradition.

1h15 without interval


accentus (photo)
Eloïse Bella Kohn piano
Christophe Grapperon conductor


Coproduction Opéra de Rouen Normandie, accentus


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