CAPRICE – Saint-Saens and the Parisian School of Woodwind Playing

Program: Zephyros Winds with piano and voice

Camille Saint-Saëns: Caprice sur des airs danois et russes, op. 79* for flute, oboe, clarinet, piano

Saint-Saëns: Une flûte invisible for voice, flute, piano

Paul Taffanel: Quintet for Winds

– Intermission –

Franz Doppler: Fantasie Pastoral Hongroise, op. 26* Flute and Piano

Saint-Saëns: Romance for Horn and Piano, op. 36

Louis Diémer**: Deux Pièces pour hautbois et piano, op. 35*

Saint-Saëns: Sonata in G Major for Bassoon and Piano, op. 168

Saint-Saëns: Tarantella for Flute, Clarinet, and Piano, op. 6*

Program Overview
In 1887, Saint-Saëns invited three celebrated French wind soloists, flautist Paul Taffanel, oboist George Gillet, and clarinetist Charles Turban, to join him for a series of performances in St. Petersburg. A highlight of these concerts was the Caprice sur des airs danois et russes for flute, oboe, clarinet, and piano, which Saint-Saëns composed especially to perform with his colleagues on tour.

Zéphyros takes these Russia programs as a starting point for an exploration of the sophisticated world of Parisian wind playing that Saint-Saëns did so much to celebrate and develop.

Zéphyros offers this program with pianist Rieko Aizawa
riekoazawa Praised by the NY Times for her “impressive musicality, a crisp touch and expressive phrasing,” Japanese pianist Rieko Aizawa has performed in solo and orchestral engagements throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, including Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall and Chicago’s Orchestra Hall. Highlights of recent seasons have included acclaimed performances with the New Japan Philharmonic under Seiji Ozawa, the English Chamber Orchestra under Heinz Holliger, the Festival Strings Lucerne in Switzerland under Rudolf Baumgartner, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra under Hugh Wolff, the Curtis Institute Orchestra with Peter Oundjian, the St. Louis Symphony under David Loebel and a wonderfully received performance with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra.

An avid chamber musician, Ms. Aizawa has performed with the Guarneri Quartet, the Orion Quartet, the Shanghai Quartet and the Amelia Piano Trio, and she has appeared in numerous festivals, such as the Marlboro Music Festival, U.S.A.; the Kammermusik Festival Moritzburg, Germany; and the Evian Festival, France. She also has been a guest artist of Boston’s, Philadelphia’s and Seattle’s Chamber Music Society. Ms. Aizawa is a founding member of Horszowski Trio as well as the prize winning ensemble Duo Prism. Ms. Aizawa became the artistic director of the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival in Colorado in 2010.