Multiple Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano and Aspen alumna Isabel Leonard has been acclaimed by New York Classical Review as a “true treasure.” She brings her foray into French repertoire to Aspen with this performance of Ravel’s sensuous song cycle. All three songs are tranquil and reflective. “Asie” evokes the exoticism of Arabia, India, and China. In the shorter “La flûte enchantée,” a slave girl hears her lover play the flute outside her window. “L’indifférent” depicts a boy who is oblivious to an admirer’s desire.
Armenian violinist Sergey Khachatryan returns after his triumphant Aspen debut last summer with Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, a performance that was notable for its fresh approach and sensitive phrasing.
CHABRIER: España, rhapsody
KHATCHATURIAN: Violin Concerto
BIZET: Carmen Suite