Estelle Revaz, cello
Programme :
11 Capricci for cello solo by Clément Ferdinand Barone Dall'Abaco.
Artist's words
For a long time, the cello was considered an accompaniment instrument. It was not until Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) that the cello finally gained its title of nobility. Indeed, his 6 Suites for solo cello composed between 1717 and 1723 literally changed the fate of the instrument. From that moment on, the performers had to develop their technique to become true virtuosos like for example Evaristo Felice Dall'Abaco, the father of Joseph Clement Ferdinand Barone Dall'Abaco. He was well known all over Europe and was keen to train his son carefully. Joseph Clement Ferdinand Barone Dall'Abaco was therefore logically also an internationally respected cellist. He worked for many years as a cellist of course but also as a composer in the most prestigious courts of Europe. By composing his 11 caprices, Joseph Clement Ferdinand Barone Dall'Abaco offered to the following generations a poignant testimony of this period of intense instrumental research. He composed a cycle of original pieces that still allow us today to rediscover the technical possibilities of the instrument as well as its immense dramatic potential. Playing the 11 Capricci of Clement Ferdinand Barone Dall'Abaco on a G.Grancino of 1679 which has undergone this fantastic evolution... is a strong symbol! An original, virtuoso and creative program that promises a unique evening.