​Friday 14 April 2023, 19:30
The Hague: Paleiskerk

Francis Poulenc: A Portrait

Soirée Poulenc

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Tickets:  € 10 – € 29,50

Coraline Groen violin
Jelmer de Moed clarinet 
Bram van Sambeek bassoon
Kalle de Bie cello
Ekaterina Levental mezzo-soprano 
Rik Kuppen piano


Francis Poulenc

​Vioolsonate, opus 119
Cellosonate, opus 143
Klarinetsonate in Bes-groot, 
Duo voor klarinet en fagot, opus 32
Liederen: Le travail du PeintreLa Dame de Monte Carlo

Erik Satie

Choses vues à droite et à gauche (sans lunettes) voor viool en piano
Isang Yun
Monoloog voor fagot solo
Maurice Ravel
Duo voor viool en cello

​Poulenc’s brilliant imagination

​An engaging evening (with two intermissions) featuring a diverse array of chamber music, duo sonatas, and songs by Francis Poulenc, showcasing the full breadth of Poulenc's creative genius. Mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Levental performs portraits of six painters set to texts by surrealist Paul Éluard, as well as a dramatic scene about a woman who has lost her fortune gambling in Monte Carlo.

Compositions by Maurice Ravel and his mentor and inspiration Erik Satie also grace the program. Bassoonist Bram van Sambeek performs Monologue, a piece by Korean composer Isang Yun, who studied in Paris and drew inspiration from Poulenc’s works for wind instruments. A total of six musicians, all ardent admirers of Poulenc’s music, take to the stage.

Pers- en juryquotes

​“Met Drew Santini had het LBE een meer dan geschikte bas in huis voor de titelrol: iemand die vocaal in alles excelleerde.”
De Volkskrant

“​Een geraffineerde performer met een gedurfd en hypnotiserend programma. Hij beheerst zijn instrument volledig en laat het hele kleurenpalet van de klarinet horen.”
Jury van de Dutch Classical Talent Award

​“​​​Lidy Blijdorp describes Zoltán Kodály's solo sonata as "a train journey through Hungary, past vast landscapes and ancient villages, with a variety of Hungarian folk music and gypsy sounds." Lidy covers all of Kodály's rich colour palette to suggest the various folk music instruments, we hear bagpipes, whistles, cimbaloms and guitars passing by. A masterful solo CD debut!”
Hans Quant in Luister