Sandra Chamoux - Programmes




"Musical instants" at the antipodes of each other. First of all, those composed by Schubert, where each note is ginned and distilled to reveal the music in its purest state, in the greatest sobriety. Then those by Rachmaninoff, all in explosion of sound and virtuosity, where feelings are blended with passion.

Six Musical Moments D780
The collection of the 6 musical moments seems to have been put together in 1827, although at least two of these pieces (nos. 3 and 6) are of older origin. The first edition bore the title, in approximate French, of "musical moments" and many countries outside France have remained faithful to this appellation.
We are in these pieces shorter than the impromptus, in the depths of the Schubertian mystery, and this music from the heart speaks to us with incomparable spontaneity and delicacy. The unspeakable and overwhelming conclusion of these six moments expresses the quintessence of this "Wonne der Wehmut", of this sweet voluptuousness of tears, of which Schubert was, among all the musicians, the privileged singer. Let us remember his question: "Do you know any cheerful music? I don't... »

Six Moments Musicaux opus 16
Born in 1873, died in 1943, Serge Rachmaninoff quickly established himself as the most brilliant pianist-composer of his generation, the last representative of the great romantic tradition of Liszt and Anton Rubinstein. His piano style was born in the "pieces opus 3", developed in the "musical moments" (1896) and reached maturity in the "preludes" and "études-tableaux".
Rachmaninoff's music has a very distinctive personal stamp, which is due to the constant union of virtuosity, harmony and spatiality of sound, with, in particular, the art of making the keyboard resound like a set of bells, which is his true signature.


Claude Debussy
Complete of the 2 Image Booklets
The Images are two cycles of three piano pieces, written in 1905 and 1907.
1st notebook :
Reflections in the water
Tribute to Rameau
2nd notebook :
Bells through the leaves
And the moon comes down on the temple that was - Golden fishes

Philippe Hersant
Integral of the 24 Ephémères
"The twenty-four pieces that make up this cycle for piano were composed in a disorderly manner and at very irregular intervals between 1999 and 2003, starting with a small piece called Haïku. Pianist Thierry Ravassard had commissioned short piano pieces from some twenty composers, including myself. Each of them was to be inspired by a haiku by the Japanese poet Buson. So I wrote a short piece lasting about a minute, and I felt like giving it a sequel. Haïku became (after a few modifications) Veiled Moon, the eighth piece of the Ephemeres. It does not feature the poem by Buson, who inspired Haïku, but a poem by Bashô, another great master of the art of haiku, with whom I feel more in affinity. I made a small selection of Bashô's poems that I liked, or that particularly inspired me, and I started writing the pieces, in complete freedom, without imposing any precise rules, except that of relative brevity: the shortest piece lasts thirty seconds, the longest four minutes. Bashô's haiku are travel notes of a particular type: there are no lyrical outpourings or grandiose descriptions. Most of the time, Bashô concentrates on microscopic things or events: a firefly falling from a leaf, a crow perched on a branch... In their extreme simplicity, I find these miniatures very evocative and, through associations of ideas, their reading has gradually triggered in me an affluence of memories, sometimes very old ones. The cycle of the Ephemera has become, for me too, a kind of travel diary. Along the way, there are allusions to a wide variety of music: Memories of traditional Japanese music (gagaku) in Guerriers, a Spanish Renaissance polyphonic song in Le poulpe, a prelude by Claude Debussy (Dans l'air du soir), a Gurdjieff anthem in Vallée du Sud or a song by Heinrich Isaac in the last piece, La lande, which I wrote in memory of Olivier Greif and inspired by Basho's latest haiku, dictated to his disciples a few hours before his death. Les Éphémères is dedicated to Alice Ader.

Philippe Hersant