2 February 2020


Emily Beynon portrait concert

Tickets & Programme
February 2020 Sunday 14:15
Recital Hall Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
past concert
George Enescu Cantabile en Presto voor fluit en piano
Leos Janáček Vioolsonate (bew. voor fluit en piano door Emily Beynon)
Gabriel Fauré Sonate voor cello en piano nr.2 in g.kl.t.
Geraldine Mucha Nase cesta voor fluit en piano
Claude Debussy Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (bwe. door Emily Beynon)
Bohuslav Martinů Trio voor fluit, cello en piano

For years, musicians of the Concertgebouworkest have been giving chamber music concerts in the Recital Hall as part of the Close-up Series. These intimate concerts organised by the Friends of the Concertgebouw and the Concertgebouworkest present a unique opportunity to enjoy up close these outstanding musicians’ individual qualities in small ensembles.

Portrait concert: Emily Beynon

The Concertgebouworkest’s principal flautist Emily Beynon has put together a colourful programme and is sharing the stage with her colleague cellist Honorine Schaeffer and the English pianist Andrew West. The programme, a blend of Paris and Prague, is inspired by Alfons Mucha, a Czech artist who worked in Paris in the decades leading up to, and just after, 1900. A key figure in the Art Nouveau movement, Mucha was best known for his theatrical posters of Sarah Bernhardt. As a young choral singer in Brno, he had befriended Janáček, and music inspired him throughout his life. Mucha’s son Jiří was, in turn, a friend of Martinů’s and married the Scottish composer Geraldine Thomson (b. 1917, d. 2012). In addition to her work as a composer, Geraldine Mucha did much to preserve the work of her illustrious father-in-law.