Astana Opera presents concert of French Impressionist composers

ASTANA – The Forte-Trio ensemble will present an evening of French chamber music entitled “L’Impression” Feb. 9 at the Astana Opera House in the capital. The musicians will perform the famous trio for piano, violin and cello by Maurice Ravel for the first time.

Photo credit: Astana Opera House

Photo credit: Astana Opera House

“The title of the concert ‘L’Impression’ is translated from French as impression. Painting and music are the most vivid manifestations of impressionism. Images in poetry are not described directly, but through the prism of the composer’s or artist’s vision. The play of sound and imagination takes place. These impressions are especially interesting in music. We are delighted to perform these masterpieces with great pleasure for our dear listeners,” said Forte-Trio Artistic Director and Honoured worker of Kazakhstan Timur Urmancheyev.

The ensemble featuring first violin of the Kazakh Symphony Orchestra Yerkebulan Saparbayev and cellist Murat Narbekov frequently performs at the world’s most prestigious venues and participates in international music festivals.

The soloists said that they feel enthusiastic about the upcoming performance. Ravel’s “Piano Trio” for piano, violin and cello requires artistry, virtuosity and interpretation at the highest level. The “Piano Trio” in G major written by 18-year-old Claude Debussy is also included in the programme. The brilliant works of the great composers are created in the Impressionist style. This is a unique combination for a concert programme due to the bright contrast.

Ravel’s Violin Sonata Third Movement, Piano Sonata “Perpetuum Mobile” (Third Movement), Debussy’s preludes and Gabriel Fauré’s “Elegy” for cello and piano will be presented. The concert will also feature videos of French Impressionist artists’ paintings.