François Chaplin and Marcela Roggeri

classical music

Les Années Folles: A Concert for Two Pianos

Part of Classical Season 2018/19

Hear pianists Marcela Roggeri and François Chaplin recreate the spirit of 1920s Paris with a concert of works including Ravel, Satie and Gershwin.

‘Les années folles’ (the crazy years) refers to the 1920s in France, when Paris became a thriving symbol of the avant-garde and was home to such iconic figures as Pablo Picasso, Sergei Diaghilev, Maurice Chevalier, Igor Stravinsky, Coco Chanel, Charlie Chaplin, Francis Poulenc and Erik Satie.

Artists from all over the world gathered in the cabarets of Montmartre and Montparnasse, and many of the great works of music were premiered in Paris.

Argentinian-born pianist Marcela Roggeri studied with Bruno Leonardo Gelber, with whom she has played in duo in Argentina, USA and Europe. She regularly performs in festivals throughout France and has earned the nickname of ‘the most French of Argentinian pianists’ among the critics. Based in London, she tours and performs worldwide.

French pianist François Chaplin performs widely in France and around the world, and his recordings of Debussy's complete piano works have been widely acclaimed by the international press.


Marcela Roggeri piano
François Chaplin piano


Poulenc: L'embarquement pour Cythère; Caprice (after Le bal masqué); Les chemins de l'amour - valse chantée transc. Alejandro Schwarz for 2 pianos
Satie: Je te veux transc. Alejandro Schwarz for 2 pianos
Chevalier: You brought me a new kind of love arr. Alejandro Schwarz for 2 pianos
JP Johnson: The Charleston arr. J. Lawrence Cook
Bax: The Devil that tempted St Anthony; Hardanger
Gershwin: Do It Again from The French Doll transc. Alejandro Schwarz for 2 pianos; The man I love from Lady, Be good! transc. Alejandro Schwarz for 2 pianos
Villoldo: El esquinazo arr. Alejandro Schwarz for 2 pianos
Gardel: El día que me quieras arr. Alejandro Schwarz for 2 pianos
Tailleferre: 2 Valses
Ravel: La valse

Dates & times

1 Jul 2019
Approximate run time: 100 mins
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Purcell Room


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Join the pianists for a CD signing in Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer after this concert.