The first half of this program features French composers from three different generations, and notably Pauline Viardot, a mezzo-soprano who was (for a while) Chopin's lover, and who is now known for a small but treasured output of songs. Our season ends with one of the masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire: Brahms's autumnal Clarinet Quintet.
Claude Debussy: Première rhapsodie for clarinet and piano
Ernest Chausson: Chanson Perpétuelle for soprano, piano, and string quartet
Pauline Viardot: Songs
Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Quintet