Lucile Richardot / Anne de Fornel

»Nadia & Lili Boulanger: Les heures claires« – Song recital

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Anne de Fornel / Lucile Richardot
Anne de Fornel / Lucile Richardot © Jean-François Robert

Brilliant sisters

Lucile Richardot’s artistic versatility is just as breathtaking as her mezzosoprano, which still sounds smooth and flexible despite its dark colouring. But her song recital with Anne de Fornel will afford pleasure to musical explorers as well as those who love vocal music: the programme focuses on what was probably the most brilliant sisterly duo in music history, namely Nadia and Lili Boulanger.

Taught at first by their father, and then later by Gabriel Fauré as well, the two lady composers from Paris were already causing a sensation as teenagers. Although Lili Boulanger became the first woman to win France’s top music prize, the Prix de Rome, in 1913, premature death put an end to her career.

Her sister Nadia, on the other hand, continued to compose, perform and teach into old age. Entire generations of composers learnt from her, among them such big names as Leonard Bernstein, Quincy Jones and Philip Glass.

Less well-known, but still worth discovering, are contemporary colleagues of the Boulanger sisters, e.g. Liza Lehmann, Ethel Barns and Rebecca Clarke, who make up a British highlight in tonight’s programme.


Lucile Richardot mezzo-soprano

Anne de Fornel piano


»Nadia & Liili Boulanger: Les Heures claires«

Nadia Boulanger
Mon âme
Un grand sommeil noir

Gabriel Fauré
Les berceaux, Op. 23/1

Benjamin Britten
A Charm of Lullabies, Op. 41 (selections)

Liza Lehmann
I Dreamt My Love Was Singing / from: Breton Folk Songs

– Interval –

Nadia Boulanger
Les heures claires (selections)

Ethel Barns
Sleep, Weary Heart

Lili Boulanger
Le retour

Rebecca Clarke
Down by the Salley Gardens

Nadia Boulanger
Soleils couchants
Le couteau
Mon cœur

Pre-Concert Talk

with Verena Mogl (in German)

18:30 / Elbphilharmonie, Kleiner Saal

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Promoter: HamburgMusik

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