Claire Chevallier Piano, Erard 1876
Jan Decorte & Sigrid Vinks, Speech
Franz Liszt Funérailles, Andante Lagrimoso, Méphisto Waltz, Légende Saint François D’assise, La Prédication Aux Oiseaux, Légende Saint François De Paule, Marchant Sur Les Flots, Wiegenlied
Once again, those viewing Liszt as a composer of dazzling but hollow salon pieces are in for a surprise: this recital shows him at his most profound and contrasted, presenting a selection of pieces that seem to work towards their own resolution, moving from death to birth, from hell to heaven, and from darkness to light. The performer is Claire Chevallier, an insightful French pianist who has made Brussels her home and owns half a dozen period Erards, one of which will be lugged to Flagey’s Studio 4 for the occasion. She will be joined by Belgian actor Jan Decorte, who produced a memorable staging of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas for the KlaraFestival five years ago and will this time contribute extracts from Aeschylus’ Oresteia to form a stark counterpoint to the music.
Festival van Vlaanderen Brussel & Flagey
(Photo: Jan Decorte © Danny Willems)