Left to right, Isabelle Fournier, Julien LeBlanc and Karin Aurell, members of Trio Arkaède, will perform in Sackville this Sunday. PHOTO SUBMITTED
On Sunday, Sept. 15, at 3 p.m., Trio Arkaède returns to Sackville and Brunton Auditorium, after a two-year absence. The Trio members are Karin Aurell on flute, Isabelle Fournier on violin and viola, and Julien LeBlanc on piano. All three members of the trio have strong New Brunswick connections, with Fournier and LeBlanc having grown up in the Moncton area and Aurell living in Sackville for over 10 years.
Entitled Tour de France, the program is entirely composed of works by lesser-known French composers, and will acquaint the audience with music from the romantic, impressionistic and 20th century periods. Composer Mel Bonis was little known during her lifetime, having to fight the prejudices against women composers that made work very difficult for them. Dating from the end of the 19th Century, her work has now started to attract the attention that it deserves. This work will be followed by the Sonata for violin and piano by Francis Poulenc. The work was dedicated posthumously to Spanish poet, Garcia Lorca, and written for noted violinist Ginette Neveu, who gave the première with the composer on the piano. After the death of Neveu in an accident, the composer rewrote the last movement. It will be played in the revised version.
The second half of the concert will open with a trio by Philippe Gaubert, composer, virtuoso flautist, professor and orchestral conductor. The influence of his contemporaries, such as Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, is heard throughout this work, which depicts scenes from mythology. The program continues with a Sonata for flute and piano by Francis Poulenc. It was composed for the celebrated flautist, Jean-Pierre Rampal, and is considered one of the leading works for flute and piano. The recital will close with Prelude, Recitative and Variations, one of very few pieces of chamber music by composer Maurice Duruflé, known principally for his organ works and for his Requiem.