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French musicians cast a spell

india Updated: Nov 30, 2006 19:15 IST
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NOTED FRENCH classical musicians Julie Arnulfo (violinist) and Nicolas Paul (cellist) enthralled the audience with their brilliant recital at Antarang, Bharat Bhavan, on Wednesday evening.

The artistes entertained the listeners with a gamut of impressive pieces out of the bag of musical greats including Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach, European composer G F Haendel and own compatriot Maurice Ravel.

The concert kicked off with Paul’s solo recital that encompassed Bach’s composition Suit no. 3 for cello, in D Major (a major scale based on D, consisting of the pitches D, E, F#, G, A, B, C# and D that is tuned to suit the violin).

This was followed by a duet by Julie and Nicholas capturing the magical notes of Mozart. While Julie displayed exquisite virtuosity on violin, Nicholas did full justice to the concertos and sonatas written for his beautiful instrument (cello, that belongs to the violin family), exhibiting great versatility in rhythmic variations.

Then came Haendel’s Passacaglia (a musical form which has a more or less fixed bass pattern - ground bass- or chord progression or both) that went to raise the ecstasy levels with repetition of the harmonious notes. Their dexterous excecution left the listeners in a thrall. The concluding piece was a sonata for violin and cello, played in memory of the outstanding musician and countryman Claude Debussy and composed by French neoclassicalist Maurice Ravel. 

The hour-and-a-half-long performance left a lasting impression on the minds of music lovers gathered at the auditorium in large numbers to savour the rich musical elements of the west.

Earlier, interacting with Hindustan Times, Julie and Nicolas spoke on their passion for music, violin as well as cello, which go well in unison. “This matchless tuning eventually brought us together to perform as a pair for the past few years,” they said. Visibly excited on their first visit to Bhopal, the duo is now scheduled to visit other prominent cities like Pondicherry, Chandigarh, Trivandrum, Mumbai and Kolkata. They have already performed at Pune and Ahmedabad during the last week.

The concert was co-sponsored by the Hindustan Times and Jehan Numa Palace Hotel. Alliance Francaise de Bhopal and Embassy of France in India organised this concert in collaboration with Bharat Bhavan.