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Homage to a great French composer

Tonight, the Cyprus Wine Museum will present a musical performance under the title ‘Homage to Camille Saint-Saens – Masterpieces for Woodwinds and Piano’ at 8pm for all lovers of wine and French music.

Saint-Saens was a French composer, organist, conductor and pianist of the Romantic era. A musical prodigy, he is best-known for works including Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso (1863), the Second Piano Concerto (1868), the First Cello Concerto (1872), Danse Macabre (1874), the opera Samson and Delilah (1877), the Third Violin Concerto (1880), the Third (“Organ”) Symphony (1886) and The Carnival of the Animals (1886). These works, with other French romantic music of the era, represent a historical landmark for the evolution of wind instruments. Saint-Saens is one name that goes hand-in-hand with the period, having written three sonatas for oboe, clarinet and bassoon and a Romance for flute.

Within the framework of the ‘Commandaria Orchestra and Friends’ concert series, which is now in its fifth season, four masterpieces of chamber music by the French composer will be presented. Music lovers will therefore have the chance to get to know these unique French masterpieces and also exchange creative ideas with the talented young artists who will perform.

The artists from Cyprus and Greece who will be our guides into the French Romantic era are Eva Stavrou (Flute), Krinio Troullou (Oboe), Ilias Papadopoulos (Clarinet), Mavroudes Troullos (Bassoon) and Areti Prosilia (Piano). All five musicians have studied in French-speaking countries with a huge tradition in the interpretation of Saint-Saens’ music, and they aim to approach the musical language and culture of the composer and present it to the local audience.

Homage to Camille Saint-Saens
Live performance of masterpieces for woodwinds and piano. January 4. Cyprus Wine Museum, 42 Pafos and Knights Street Corner, Erimi, Limassol. 8pm. €10. Tel: 25-873808

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