On March 4th 2018, at Lisbon's Centro Cultural de Belém, the DSCH – Shostakovich Ensemble premiered Syrinx or the Greek Enchantment, a concert whose narrative is based on the figure of Syrinx, the nymph with whom the god Pan fell in love and who, when running away from him, was transformed into  the reed from which Pan made his famous flute, which he then played… Several of the works that are included in the concert drew their inspiration from Greek antiquity and the figure of Pan, like Debussy, marking the centenary of his death, others reflect the “enchantment” and attraction that great composers, such as Ravel and Shostakovich, felt for Greek folk music. For this concert, the pianist Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro, founder and artistic director of the Shostakovich Ensemble, invited the following guest artists to participate: mezzo-soprano Angelica Cathariou, one of today’s leading Greek singers, Portuguese-Peruvian pianist Rosa Maria Barrantes and British flautist Emily Beynon, a leading world reference in her instrument and the principal flute of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

March 4th 2018 | 21:00 | Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon

Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro
piano and artistic direction
Angelica Cathariou mezzo-soprano
Emily Beynon flute
Rosa Maria Barrantes piano


Syrinx or the Greek Enchantment

C. Debussy
Syrinx, for solo flute
C. Debussy Danseuses de Delphes, for solo piano (from Book 1 of the Préludes)
C. Debussy 3 Chansons de Bilitis, for mezzo-soprano and piano
1. La flûte de Pan / 2. La chevelure / 3. Le Tombeau des naïades
A. Caplet Viens! Une flûte invisible soupire, for mezzo-soprano, flute and piano
M. Ravel 5 Greek Folk Songs
1. Chanson de la mariée / 2. Là-bas, vers l'église / 3. Quel galant m'est comparable / 4. Chanson des cueilleuses de lentisques / 5. Tout gai!
C. Debussy Prélude à l’après midi d’un faune, version for flute and piano
C. Debussy 3 Antique Epigraphs, for piano (four hands)
1. Pour invoquer Pan, dieu du vent d'été / 2. Pour la danseuse aux crotales / 3. Pour remercier la pluie du matin (from the 6 Antique Epigraphs)
C. Saint-Saëns Une flûte invisible, for mezzo-soprano, flute and piano
D. Shostakovich 4 Greek Songs, for mezzo-soprano and piano
1.V Period! / 2. Penthosalis / 3. Zolongo (popular song) / 4. Hellas

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