Duo Ferrandez-Barnat

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This young, extremely promising duo proposes lyrical arts recitals accompanied by piano beginning with a French theme (Reynaldo Hahn, Claude Debussy, and Francis Poulenc) and then finishing with a Spanish theme (Xavier Montsalvatge and Manuel de Falla).

This program is a superb illustration of the artistic cooperation that exists between performers on both sides of the Pyrenees; one French and the other Spanish, one graduating from an institution in the Spanish Basque Country, while the other holds a degree from an institution in the French Basque country.


The Performers


Sandra Ferrandez: soprano

Following her vocal studies at the High Conservatoire of Music of Valencia (Spain) under Ana Luisa Chova, Sandra Ferrandez attended master classes by Victoria de los Angeles, Magda Olivero, Renata Scotto (opera), J. Philip Schulze, Donald Sultzen and Wolfram Rieger (lied), Alejandro Zabala and Miguel Zanetti and orchestra conductors such as Kamal Khan and José Collado. As a recitalist, she has sung in concerts all over Spain: Valencia (Palau de les arts), Sevilla, Madrid, Barcelona, Burgos, Alicante, A Coruña... and has been invited to sing in France as well. She has sung in many operas: Les Contes d'Hoffman by Offenbach, Gianni Schicchi and La Rondine by Puccini, Die Zauberflöte and Cosi Fan Tutte by Mozart, Das Rheingold by Wagner, L'enfant et les Sortilèges by Ravel... under the baton of conductors such asLorin Maazel, among others.
Ms. Ferrandez has been broadcasted with the Radio and Television Orchestra of Spain. She has been awarded in the National Singing Competition of Abaran, International Singing Competition City of Logroño, Singing Competition City of Alcoy, and First Prize in the Spanish Young Musicians Competition. In 2007, the magazine Opera Actual has given its annual award to her as one of the outstanding singers of her generation. Montserrat Caballé and Placido Domingo had also been given this award in the past.

Laïla Barnat : piano

Laila Barnat studied violin, piano and choral arts at the Conservatory of Pau, in France. She was unanimously awarded first prize for piano, chamber music and music history. Having earned her degree from the Conservatory of Bayonne, where she studied under the direction of Marina Pakowski, Laila holds degrees in conducting and accompaniment. She also holds a degree in art history from the University of Pau. In 2003 she began taking classes with Ricardo Requejo at the Higher Conservatory of Music “Musikene” of San Sebastian, Spain. There she did advanced coursework in accompaniment and musical classes: sight-reading with Sylvaine Biller, transposition of musical pieces and short scores with Suzanna Zabaico, vocal accompaniment with Alejandro Zabala, opera repertoire with Maciej Pikulski and orchestra repertoire with Sophia Unsworth. She has taken several advanced classes: piano with Bernard Flavigny and Pierre-Laurant Aimard, accompaniment with Christine Marchais, chamber music with Valérie Aymard, contemporary music with Eric Tanguay, and singing with Michel Piquemal. In spite of her youth, Laila Barnat has been performing as a soloist and accompanist in France, Spain, Denmark, Russia, and in the United States.


The Program


Part One : French repertoire


  • Reynaldo Hahn (Venezuela 1874 – Paris 1947)

- L’enamourée (Infatuated), poem by Théodore de Banville, 1892

- Quand je fus pris au pavillon (When I Was Taken at the Pavilion), poem by Charles d’Orléans, 1899

- Dernier voeu (Last Wish), poem by Théodore de Banville, 1891

- A Chloris (To Chloris), poem by Théophile de Viau, 1913

  • Claude Debussy (1862 -1918)

- Les Chansons de Bilitis (Songs of Bilitis) poem by Pierre Louys

- La flute de Pan (The Flute of Pan)

- La chevelure (The Mane of Hair)

- Le tombeau des Naiades (The Tomb of the Naiads)

  • Francis Poulenc (1899 - 1963)

- Banalités (Banalities), poems by Guillaume Apollinaire, 1940

- Chanson d’Orkenise

- Hôtel

- Fagnes de Wallonie

- Voyage à Paris ( Journey to Paris)

- Sanglots (Lamentation)


Part Two : Spanish repertoire


  • Xavier Montsalvatge (1912 - 2002)

- Cinco canciones negras, 1945

- Cuba dentro de un piano (Rafael Alberti)

- Punto de Habanera (Néstor Luján)

- Chévere (Nicolas Guillén)

- Canción de cuna para dormir a un negrito (Ildefonso Pereda-Valdés)

- Canto negro (Nicolas Guillén)

  • Manuel De Falla (1876 -1946)

- Siete canciones populares españolas, 1914, dédiées à Madame Ida Godebska

- El paño moruno

- Seguidilla murciana

- Asturiana

- Jota

- Nana

- Canción

- Polo



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