In this concert, Belgian clarinetist Annelien Van Wauwe and her French piano partner Paloma Kouider evoke the Parisian Belle Époche of the late 19th and early 20th century – and thus a "golden" era radiating splendor, elegance, optimism and peacefulness. Their two instruments mingle in graceful pieces by Gabriel Pierné, Claude Debussy and Charles-Marie Widor. Interspersed are solo numbers by Cécile Chaminade and the Finnish contemporary Kaija Saariaho, who broadens the horizon with "Duft", as does Francis Poulenc with his late clarinet sonata. A program worth exploring!

Concert with intermission
Duration approx. 2 hours

Followed by artist talk with Annelien Van Wauwe and Paloma Kouider

The concert is recorded and will be broadcastet on April 11 in the SWR2 Mittagskonzert

Annelien Van Wauwe


Paloma Kouider


Gabriel Pierné

Claude Debussy
Première Rhapsodie

Kaija Saariaho

Francis Poulenc
Sonate für Klarinette und Klavier

Camille Saint-Saëns
Sonate für Klarinette und Klavier

Cécile Chaminade
Les Sylvains

Charles-Marie Widor
Introduction et Rondo

#2 Genau jetzt - Annelien van Wauwe on Francis Poulenc's Clarinet Sonata
24. 2. 2023   Podcast

Francis Poulenc dedicated his Clarinet Sonata to composer friend Arthur Honegger, who died in 1955. Sad, yes, but above all this work sounds perky and urban. "Sometimes it stinks a little bit," says Annelien van Wauwe. Like podcast host Thilo Braun, the clarinetist immediately has the city of Paris on her mind.

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