OFAM's Les Six- the perfect concert
Ted Rosenthal, piano, pictured above.p>
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It will take me additional days and posts to explore more fully the artistic aftermath of “Les Six,” a stunning concert I just heard on Friday afternoon at the Oregon Festival of Music in Eugene. But for now I’ll say that it was among the best concerts I’ve heard this year.
Georges Auric (1899–1983)
Louis Durey (1888–1979)
Arthur Honegger (1892–1955)
Darius Milhaud (1892–1974)
Francis Poulenc (1899–1963)
Germaine Tailleferre (1892–1983)
Well really it was seven. They couldn’t leave out Debussy (1892-1918) whose compositions are as influential in musical history as Beethoven’s or Wagner’s, and who had an important effect on Jazz and Classical idioms alike. I’ll delve into the history on another night. At the moment I can only cheer, bravo and brava ….:
The concert was performed (thankully) without microphones, which allowed for the ravishing sounds of all the musicians to move through what is one of the finest acoustic spaces in the region.
To be continued