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The greatest period of creativity among French composers coincides with the emergence of Impressionist art.  Attempting to define that French “je ne sais quoi” is as elusive as describing a bottle of Chateau Petrus.  But, as exemplified by the music of Fauré (Piano Quartet No. 1), Debussy (the prophetically daring cello Sonate), Saint Saëns (Rondo Capriccioso) and Lili Boulanger (D’un matin de printemps), passion, powerful emotion, and refinement balanced with instrumental display are hallmarks of the French aesthetic.  For sheer glamour and artistic vitality, late 19th and early 20th century Paris has not been surpassed and gave rise to lasting new isms and musical portraitists who created some of the best loved classical music of today.  It’s the magic that was Paris. 

Rescheduled from this past spring, with Irina Muresanu, violin; Dov Scheindlin, viola; Mikael Darmanie, piano; Yehuda Hanani, cello. 

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