On 8 March 2021, the chamber music series of Terzet-Trio featured works by French composers entirely. Beside pieces by Delibes, Ravel and Saint-Saëns, the chorus members and musicians of the Opera presented rarities as well. The performance was streamed from 8:00 p.m. on Facebook and Origo.hu.
The programme of the Opera Chorus began with the song Le Rossignol by Léo Delibes (1836–1891), famous for his operas an ballets, and Viens! Une flute invisible by André Caplet (1878–1925), whose compositions technique combined impressionism and improvisation. The two pieces were performed by Katalin Töreky, accompanied by Dóra Gjorgjevic (flute) and Krisztina Andrássy-Neuenstein (piano). Maurice Ravel (1875–1937) is widely regarded as the greatest French composer of the 1920s and 1930s. His cycle Trois chansons was performed a cappella by Asztrid Mitrasca-Rebeka, Nikoletta Pap, Judit Dévényi, Ágota Kádár, László Ladjánszki, Balázs Somogyi, Pál Sebestyén and Péter Forgács.
The musicians of the Opera Orchestra also made a selection of Ravel's works: the First Movement of his String Quartet was played by Magdolna Závodszky (first violin), Katalin Fenyő (second violin), Attila Lukács (viola) and Tibor Zacher Wambach (cello), whereas three excerpts from Ma mère l'Oye (Mother Goose) Suite, together with the tone poem Danse macabre by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921), a composer featuring in the OperaLive series regularly, were performed by Evelin Balog (flute), Fruzsina Káli-Fonyódi (oboe), Csaba Pálfi (clarinet), Bálint Fábry (bassoon) and Bálint Tóth (French horn). The programme also included a piece by a prominent figure of the French music scene of the first half of the 20th century: Trio for Flute, Clarinet and Bassoon by Charles Koechlin (1867–1950) was interpreted by Kata Scheuring (flute), Csaba Pálfi (clarinet) and József Bánfi (bassoon).
Photo by Attila Nagy