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U3A Music Appreciation Group One - Feb 2020

by Glenys Alsop - 16:00 on 14 February 2020

The February meeting of Music Group One took place at Kate’s house on an extremely windy Monday, the 3rd.  Gloria had chosen the month’s theme – ‘Music and Song a la Francaise’ – which resulted in a delightful morning of (as usual, for us all) a mix of well-known and not-at-all-known music, as follows:

‘Aurore’, by Sophie Read and Bruno Vates from the album ‘Green Leaf’;

Brahms’ ‘Cello Sonata No 2 in F, Op 99’, played by Jacqueline du Pré and Daniel Barenboim;

Django Reinardt and Stéphane Grapelli, with the Quintet of the Hot Club of Paris, playing ‘Swing from Paris’;

Berlioz, ‘The Roman Carnival Overture’ (‘Le Carnaval Romain);

Gounod, ‘Mors et Vita’;

Haydn, ‘Symphony No 85 in B flat major’ (‘La Reine’), the fourth of his six Paris Symphonies;

Satie, the first of his ‘Gymnopédies’, and ‘Gnossienne No 4’;

Francois Couperin, ‘Prelude’ from ‘Les Gout Réunis’;

Franck, ‘Cello Sonata in A’, played by Jacqueline du Pré and Daniel Barenboim;

Debussy, ‘Pastorale’ from his ‘Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp’;

Edith Piaf, singing ‘Du matin jusqu’au soir’ and ‘Demain (il fera jour)’;

Claudin de Sermisy, ‘Tant que vivrai’, sung by The Scholars;

Albert Roussel, the ‘Allegro Scherzando’ from his ‘Symphony No 4’;

Lesley Garrett, singing ‘Pretty Little Star’ from Chabrier’s ‘L’Etoile’;

Fauré, the ‘Sanctus’ from his ‘Requiem’, sung by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge.

Couperin, ‘Les Moissonneurs’ (‘The Reapers’), played by the pianist Angela Hewitt.

The March meeting will be held at Jean’s house, and her choice of theme is:  ‘Female Performers – Soloists’.


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