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Histoires D'Amour: Clara Rodriguez, Piano

Love, longing and friendship in an evening of classical music performed by pianist Clara Rodriguez and literary readings.

Rodriguez brings her eloquent style to a moving programme that includes works by Debussy, Ravel, Hahn and Piazzolla. The music is interspersed by readings of Proust's letters to Hahn and poems by Verlaine and Bertrand.

Clair de Lune, Clair de Lune, Verlaine's poem, prompted Debussy’s Suite bergamasque, while Ravel’s Ondine was sparked by Aloysius Bertrand's post-romantic poem of the same name.

Corentin Chassard joins Clara Rodriguez for Debussy’s Sonata in D minor for cello and piano, dedicated to the lives lost during World War One.

Marcel Proust said, ‘Everything I have ever done has always been thanks to Reynaldo’. In this concert, Rodriguez introduces music by the Venezuelan-born Reynaldo Hahn, with whom the French writer had an intense and lasting friendship.

Caribbean bolero Historia de un amor by Carlos Almarán closes the concert.


Clara Rodriguez piano
Freya Goldmark violin
Corentin Chassard cello
Leonardo Muller electric bass
Timothy Adès reader
William Roberts reader


Debussy: Pour les degrés chromatiques (Etude No.7); Pour les arpèges composés (Etude No.11)
Reynaldo Hahn: Selection from Premières Valses for piano
Reading: Paul Verlaine: Clair de lune
Debussy: Suite bergamasque
Reading: Aloysious Bertrand: Ondine
Ravel: Ondine from Gaspard de la nuit; Toccata from Le tombeau de Couperin
Reading: Letter from Marcel Proust to Reynaldo Hahn
Reynaldo Hahn: Sonata in C for violin & piano
Debussy: Sonata in D minor for cello & piano
Piazzolla: Adiós Nonino
Almarán: Historia de un amor

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Purcell Room


£18 - £20
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)
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