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Two Faculty Members to Perform Wednesday Recital of Hidden French Gems

February 13, 2005

February 13, 2005, Greencastle, Ind. - Two members of the DePauw University School of Music faculty -- cellist Eric Edberg and pianist Claude Cymerman -- will perform a recital consisting of French music for their respective instruments on Wednesday, February 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Thompson Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public and will feature delightful cello sonatas by Edouard Lalo and Alberic Magnard.

“Claude and I are quite enthusiastic about this program,” says Edberg, professor of music (seen at right). “Both the Lalo and the Magnard sonatas are rarely performed. Neither of us had heard either until Claude [seen below left] found them this summer in France.”

Lalo’s sonata explores the literal depths of the cello, displaying the instrument’s surprising warmth in the bottom of its range. “The cello part lies fairly low and on the one recording we’ve found, the cellist actually plays some passages up an octave,” comments Edberg. “I think that’s a mistake as Lalo clearly loved the low register of the cello and it is wonderful to have a sonata that makes ample use of the cello’s low strings.”

In choosing the Magnard sonata, the performers were attracted to the composition’s mix of rich harmony and emotional depth. A pupil of Vincent d’Indy, Alberic Magnard’s relatively early death at the start of World War I hindered his subsequent reputation. The sonata itself is a complex yet highly accessible work, heavily influenced by the music of d’Indy, Gabriel Fauré and Claude Debussy.

Says Edberg of the innovative program, “We are delighted to be able to present these virtually unknown works to the DePauw audience.”

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