La Rêvolution: Celebrating Bastille Day with music from Paris
CREATED ON // Monday, 07 July 2014 Author // Cec Busby
Celebrate Bastille Day in style this year, when City Recital Hall is transformed into a Parisian salon for one night only, led by the acclaimed flautist, Jane Rutter.
“Throughout my life I have had an intimate relationship with France and French music,” said internationally acclaimed flautist Jane Rutter, who will swap creative hats this month to produce La Rêvolution, a musical celebration in honour of Bastille Day.
A national holiday in France, Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille which took place on July 14, 1789.
“In devising the program for La Rêvolution, my intention was to convey the deep love affair France and Paris have with the voice and vocally-inspired music,” Rutter told SX. “It’s a relationship indirectly perhaps caused by the event of the French Revolution.”
[Image] Jane Rutter soaking up the atmosphere at Cafe Belleville. Photo: Supplied
Rutter said since the Revolution was about equality between the classes she has included not only high-art classical pieces but other aspects of French music and culture.
“I’ve included Parisian Salon-style accompaniment in the form of piano, harp, cello, and added the French Gypsy flavour of the accordion – it is a great thrill to have classical superstar Yvonne Kenny and rising star Andrew Jones demonstrating their ability to perform French art song and French operatic arias.”
Rutter said the program conveys the essence of French music.
“Elegance, sensuality, insouciance, and the Parisian qualities of cultured defiance, manicured violence and passion.
“In France one is immersed constantly in history and its relevance to the arts. Every stone drips literature, art, music, history and philosophy – so how beautiful to be immersed in French music, with its particular melodic and harmonic narratives, presented by an ensemble of magnificent musicians.”
[Image] Jane Rutter in Paris. Photo: Supplied
Rutter said in putting together the program she considered the words of Janet Flanner, Parisian correspondent for the New Yorker for many decades.
“Flanner said: ‘Paris is the city of revolution in deed and thought’. Most of the pieces in the program were considered revolutionary or ground breaking in their time.
“My French-style flute playing and the musical voices of my colleagues declare on this day: Vive La France! Vive La revolution! Vive la musique!”
La Rêvolution: A Bastille Day Concert, July 14, 7.30pm, City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney, www.cityrecitalhall.com