Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Blandine Rannou

Albeit the opening concert of the 2009-2010 International Series of the SDEMS will be on October 16th with City Musick, we are very pleased to present the first of our two non-subscription concerts on October 9th: Harpsichordist Blandine Rannou will perform pieces by Louis, Francois and Armand-Louis Couperin as well as Forqueray and Balbastre at the Congregational Church in la Jolla

This is actually the second time Blandine Rannou will play for San Diego audiences. Her debut was in October 2003 when she was invited by the San Diego Harpsichord Society. She then played Rameau, Duphly, Royer and Forqueray (excerpts from the 1st suite) and those of us who attended it still remember it vividly and fondly. Jonathan Saville raved about her recital in the San Diego Reader: “I have never heard a harpsichord recital that delighted and moved me more than this splendid concert did.”

No wonder that we are really thrilled to have her back, especially since she will continue her exploration of the French harpsichord repertoire, for which she has a very special affinity (given how well her recordings of Rameau, Couperin and Forqueray have been received by critics worldwide). This time, we will get to hear most of the Couperin family (from the birth of the harpsichord in France with Louis to its death with Armand-Louis and of course stopping at its summit with François), Forqueray again with most of the 5th suite including the beautiful La Sylva and the devastating Jupiter and Balbastre’s all-time favorites La De Caze, La D’Héricourt and La Boullongne.

A concert not to miss for harpsichord lovers.

(October 9th at 8pm at the Congregational Church in la Jolla on Cave street. There is usually free street parking available, and plenty of $3 parking spaces just across the street. Tickets for this concert can be ordered from the SDEMS at (619) 291-8246 or with keyword search "Blandine Rannou".)

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