Camille Saint-Saëns, the one-man band

Cello and piano, dialogues

Concert Chamber Music
In the twilight of his life, when he started to work on his last cello and piano sonata (1922), Gabriel Fauré recalled the first score his master Saint-Saëns had written in this genre half a century earlier (1872). “A masterpiece that has been heard all too rarely, and that is because cellists claim that the cello part is less brilliant than the piano part!” as he wrote to a friend. His musical conversation with the recently deceased composer is the counterpart of the instrumental dialogue that takes place in their respective works. Between search for balance and mutual enrichment, the piano and cello intertwine to find the spirit of the Belle Époque.

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Sun 27 September 2020
Palazzetto Bru Zane, Venice


Xavier Phillips cello
Cédric Tiberghien piano


Suite pour violoncelle et piano, op. 16bis
Sonate pour violoncelle et piano n° 1 en do mineur, op. 32
Gabriel FAURÉ
Sonate pour violoncelle et piano n° 2, op. 117
A live stream concert
Bru Zane Mediabase
Digital resources for French Romantic music
The website hosts articles on people, works and topics authored by musicologists and historians collaborating with Palazzetto Bru Zane.