Emily Beynon Portrait Concert


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Emily Beynon fluit

Honorine Schaeffer cello

Andrew West piano

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The Concertgebouworkest’s principal flautist Emily Beynon 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. After the interval John Mucha, the artist's grandson, is interviewed by Emily Beynon. 


George Enescu
Cantabile and Presto for flute and piano
Leos Janáček
Violin Sonata (arr. Emily Beynon)
Gabriel Fauré
Sonata for cello and piano No. 2 in G minor
Geraldine Mucha
Nase cesta for flute and piano
Claude Debussy
Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (arr. Emily Beynon)
Bohuslav Martinů
Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano