Arts-Scène Diffusion

Ensemble Contraste



At the source of Central European music

In the second half of the 19th century, an interest in music from the oral and popular traditions developed in Europe to invent music that broke with the classical Western language, considerably influencing composers such as Alkan, Bruch, Ravel, Debussy, Milhaud. Bartók thus based his musical language on folk music from Central Europe. This idea was taken up by Ernest Bloch, considered the cantor of learned Jewish music.


The Contraste Ensemble
Arnaud Thorette & Johan Farjot direction
Arnaud Thorette alto
Jean-Luc Votano or Pierre Génisson clarinet
Antoine Pierlot cello
Johan Farjot piano and arrangements


Program :

BRUCH Romanian melody for clarinet, viola and piano

ALKAN Jewish melody for cello and piano

BRUCH Kol Nidrei for viola and piano

BLOCH Hebrew Rapsodie for viola and piano

BLOCH From Jewish Life for cello and piano

BARTOK Romanian Dances (arrangement for clarinet, viola and piano)

WILLIAMS Schindler's List (arrangement for viola and cello)

WEILL Youkali (arrangement for clarinet, viola, cello and piano)

RAVEL Kaddish for cello and piano

IRVING GLINK The Klezmer’swedding for clarinet, viola and piano
Traditional klezmer tunes for clarinet and piano

PROKOFIEV Overture on Jewish themes (arrangement for clarinet, viola, cello and piano)


Acoustic program
Duration: 1h30



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