“Listening to Debussy’s music is like penetrating into a dream world, an unknown and suddenly immensely rich world of sounds acting like an intoxicating perfume”: the musicians of the Oxalys ensemble are totally enthralled by Claude Debussy. With their special passion for the music of the Belle Epoque they will pay special attention to their hero, whose 150th birthday will be celebrated in 2012. Debussy proved his mettle by pioneering an entirely new, impressionist style that was to determine the further evolution of western music, leaving behind traditional harmonic syntax, romantic melodiousness and pompous orchestrations. Oxalys is an ensemble for chamber music with a distinct profile and a strong international reputation, playing on period instruments for this occasion. This group will take you along into the wondrous world of Claude Debussy and contemporaries Joseph Jongen, Jacques Ibert and Albert Roussel.

Toon Fret, flute | Shirly Laub, violin | Elisabeth Smalt, viola | Martijn Vink, cello | Annie Lavoisier, harp

Claude Debussy: Syrinx – Sonata for flute, viola & harp | Joseph Jongen: Deux pièces en trio for flute, cello & harp, op. 80 | Albert Roussel: Sérénade for flute, violin, viola, cello & harp, op. 30 | Jacques Ibert: Trio for violin, cello & harp