Fauré: Dolly Suite
Copland: Duo for flute and piano
Higdon: Pale Yellow
Saint-Saëns: The Swan
Songs by Saint-Saëns and Copland
Libby Burgess and renowned pianist James Baillieu join forces for the first of their two duet appearances today, Fauré’s beloved, sunny Dolly Suite. The young Aaron Copland was a great admirer of the elderly Fauré’s music, and we hear songs from Simple Gifts to Ching-a-Ring Chaw from the American composer, as well as his expansive, brilliant Duo for flute and piano.
Flautist Claire Wickes joins baritone Gareth Brynmor John for Saint-Saëns’ beguiling Une flûte invisible; Saint-Saëns was Fauré’s teacher and mentor, and this is his centenary year. Representing a more recent generation of American composers is Jennifer Higdon, whose short, evocative Pale Yellow piano trio offers a moment of repose.
Performers: GBJ, CW, FH, TL, JB, LB