Saturday 12 November 2022, 3 pm, Myross Wood House, Leap
Tickets €20, online, at the door, at Thornhill Electrical, Skibbereen or text/call 086 2264797
Christian-Pierre La Marca cello
Félicien Brut accordion
How many things are unlikely about a cello and accordion duo? At first sight, it seems that some musical world has been turned upside-down. You might think of an otherworldly violin sonata instrumentation with treble and bass flipped—or that the poor misfit accordion, side-lined from the classical canon, was paired with one of the orchestra’s popular crowd. But despite any superficial assumptions about this improbable pair, once you hear the combination, few things are as captivating as the sound of a cello and an accordion together. It is a shared reedy richness, mellow and smooth, enriched by the distinctive phrasings of bellow and bow-stroke. These are highly complementary instruments which produce an ever-varying tapestry of sound. Both La Marca and Brut share a love of innovative programming, a curiosity for a wide range of repertoires and styles, and a support of new works for their respective instruments. In the case of Félicien Brut, this new-music quest truly expands the canon and enriches the number of modern classical works for the accordion. This stunning classical duo of new generation French virtuosos brings Music Network’s Autumn 2022 Season to a fantastic finish with a genre-busting programme World Songs spanning the Baroque to the modern day, including a not-to-be-missed premiere of a new Music Network commission by Irish composer Judith Ring.
World Songs – including music by Bach, Rameau, Paganini, Gershwin, Galliano and more.
“Christian-Pierre La Marca is a master of his instrument…and a musician of lyrical elegance” (Gramophone Magazine)
“Félicien Brut’s sensitivity…was fascinating in its clarity, agility, and timbre” (Diapason Magazine)
“Tender and intelligent music that makes you want to dream as much as to dance” (France Info [on Brut])
“A wonderful nuanced performance with Schubert’s sparkling melodies shining through” (The Telegraph [on La Marca])
“Leaving the audience spiritually uplifted and crying for more” (The Herald [on La Marca])
“[A] new ambassador of the accordion in the classical world” (Le Figaro [on Brut])
Marin Marais: La Folia – Christian-Pierre La Marca
Félicien Brut et Thibaut Garcia – Astor Piazzolla: Zita