Omega Ensemble: Echappsodie
As one of the leading exponents of musical Impressionism, Debussy's music represents an extraordinarily beautiful palette of colour and harmonic innovation. Commissioned by the Paris Conservatoire the Premiere Rhapsodie was originally a "Solo de Concours" (competition solo) written to test the virtuosic abilities of students at the Conservatoire.
Laden with emotional melodies, rich textures and a huge number of key changes, César Franck’s Piano Quintet is an expressive work that highlights the change in French chamber music at the time of composition.
A rising star in both her native Australia and current home in Paris, Alice Chance's Échappsodie (a made-up word using the French verb échapper — 'to escape') takes fragments of Debussy's Premiere Rhapsodie and constructs them into a colourful masterclass of virtuosity for clarinet and ensemble.
CLAUDE DEBUSSY Premiere Rhapsodie
CESAR FRANCK Piano Quintet
ALICE CHANCE Échappsodie
World Premiere. In a new arrangement by the composer commissioned by Omega Ensemble.