Curated by soprano Nathalie Colas, Standing Still explores the strong connection between poetry and music within the intimate setting of the traditional art song form, through the musical voice of XXth century composers. The program strives to cast different lights on the triangular relationship between voice, piano and poetry, through the eyes of an observer.
The observer is the poet, standing still and sharing his/her impressions of the world around him/her. The observer is the musician, noting the composer’s care in setting the poet’s words and giving it a musical voice. The observer is also the audience member who, still as he/she listens, receives the symbiosis of music and words.
After the Sandals of Summer (words by Iain Crichton-Smith) | P. Demopoulos (*1977)
New work (words by John Muir) | D. Grant (*1976)
Trois mélodies (words by O. Messiaen and C. Sauvage) | O. Messiaen (1908-1992)
Azur (words by Stéphane Mallarmé) A. d. Paolo (*1978)