Trio Verlaine Releases Debut CD

Vetta Chamber Music presents

Trio Verlaine

Fin de Siècle: The Music of Debussy and Ravel

CD Release Concert

Featuring
Lorna McGhee (flute), Heidi Krutzen (harp) & David Harding (viola)

Friday, March 7th, 2008 at 8:00pm
West Point Grey United Church
4595 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver

Flutist Lorna McGhee (former BBC Symphony principal), harpist Heidi Krutzen (Vancouver Opera/CBC Radio Orchestra principal) and violist David Harding (UBC Professor) are three of Canada’s most sought-after chamber musicians. Having recently joined forces to perform as Trio Verlaine, they are moving full steam ahead into 2008 with the release of their first ensemble CD: Fin de siècle: The Music of Debussy and Ravel (Skylark Music).

Fittingly for an ensemble named after Paul Verlaine, the French poet who inspired Debussy, Ravel, Fauré and Stravinsky, the trio’s new CD offers a fresh, compelling take on the music of two great French composers from the turn of the 20th century. It was, in fact, Debussy who first wrote chamber music for flute, viola and harp; almost a hundred years later, Trio Verlaine takes this unusual instrumental combination to exciting new heights.

Trio Verlaine will launch Fin de siècle as part of the Vetta Chamber Music Series, on March 7th at West Point Grey United Church. Programme highlights include one of Debussy’s greatest chamber music works – the Trio for Flute, Viola and Harp, written in 1915 – and Ravel’s baroque-inspired Le Tombeau de Couperin, completed in 1918 (each movement dedicated to a fallen friend or colleague) and arranged especially for Trio Verlaine by Vancouver composer Jocelyn Morlock.  Other works on the bill include Leclair’s elegant, baroque Trio Sonata, Jolivet’s mysterious and folk-like Petite Suite, and earlier works by Debussy (Ballade) and Ravel (Menuet antique).

“…The Debussy Sonata, with Lorna McGhee (flute), Heidi Krutzen (harp) and David Harding (viola), was a particularly happy combination of textures and beautifully balanced sound.”
— Seattle Times

Tickets: 1-866-863-6250 or info@vettachambermusic.com

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