Do you like Brahms?

From 13 November to 9 December 2019, CNSMDL (the French national higher college of music and dance in Lyon) is celebrating the genius of Brahms, both at the college and other venues.

 Archives | Last updated date : 10/12/2019
CNSMDL - © Jacques Leone / Grand Lyon

CNSMDL is celebrating its 40th anniversary and organising a series of events all season long, offering visitors the opportunity to get to know the work and talent of its students better. The Brahms-themed festival is among them…

A major, all-round artist of the Romantic period, Brahms explored composition, the keyboard and conducting with equal talent and in countless styles, mastering not only works for piano, symphonic orchestra and chamber orchestra, but also voice and choir. He was inspired just as much by Baroque music as Austro-Hungarian folklore…

This musical genius is the focus of CNSMDL’s festival exploring all the sides and wealth of his life’s work.

Free entry to practically all the programme’s events.


13 November 2019
•  Amphi-Midi: Concert-lecture, at 12:30 p.m., at the Amphithéâtre de l’Opéra de Lyon, including the presentation of the festival (free),
•  Two public masterclasses: Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 November 2019 by Harmut Höll, pianist and lied teacher, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Salle Varèse (free)

18 November 2019
•  Brahms the Austro-Hungarian
Concert-lecture, at 6 p.m., in salle Varèse, including the presentation of the festival (free), then concert at 8 p.m.
"Alla ungarese": J. Brahms: Ziegeunerlieder op. 103 / Quatuor with piano, op. 25. (free),

19 November 2019
•  Brahms, but then what...? "Concert de Midi" at à 12:30 p.m. at ENS Lyon, Kantor Theatre (free)
J. Brahms: Trio for horn, violin and piano, op. 40
G. Ligeti: Trio for horn, violin and piano "Homage to Brahms"

25 November 2019
•  Intimate Voices: Chamber music, at Goethe-Institute (free)
6 p.m.: J. Brahms: Intermezzi op.117 and lieder
8 p.m.: J. Brahms: Klavierstücke op.118 and 119 and lieder

26 November 2019
•  8 p.m.: Stimmen der Völker in Lerdern - Chamber music and piano Concert.
J. Brahms: Volkskinderlieder WoO31
4 Lieder for female voices, horm annd harp op.17
Klavierstück op. 76,
Amandine Ammirati, soprano
A. Schönberg : Brettl Lieder.

27 November 2019 
•  Brahm's Summer, Salle Varèse (free)
6 p.m.: Alla Ungarese on pianoforte 
J. Brahms: Rhapsodies op. 79 and Hungarian dances
8 p.m.: J. Brahms: Sonata for violin and piano n°2 in A major op. 100
Sonata for cello n°2 in F major op.99
Trio n°3 for piano and strings in C minor op. 101

30 November 2019
•  Brahms night (free)
5 p.m.: Music for brass and organ - Amphi Darasse
works by G. Gabrieli, D. Buxtehude, G. Frescobaldi, JS Bach, R. de Lassus, P. da Palestrina and  J. Brahms.
7 p.m.: Brahms the Obstinate – Salle Varèse 
F. Couperin: Second book of Harpsichord pieces, Eight Order, "Passacaglia" First book of Harpsichor pieces, Third Order, "The favourite, chaconne in duple metre".
J. Brahms: "Passacaglia" for piano four hands (author's reduction)
Variation on a theme from Haendel op. 24
A. Schönberg: suite for piano op.25
9 p.m.: Die Kühle Nacht
H. Schütz: Motet
J. Brahms: "Ein Deutsches Requiem" – Chloé Jacob, soprano solo, NN, baritone.

2 December 2019: Brahms' organ works 
•  6 p.m., at the Saint-François de Salles church (free)
Chorales op. 122 by Louis Robillard
•  8 p.m.: Brahms, and then what... - Goethe-Institute (free)
Chamber music 
J. Brahms: Ballads op. 10 n°2 and n°4 clarinet and piano op. 5
A. Schönberg: Moonstruck Pierrot op. 21
Gérard Pesson: Nebenstück
Pierre Jansen: "Farewell to Brahms" excerpt from 12 pieces for solo piano
Trio des Lumières (Tianren Xie, violin / Florent Dartinet, cello / Hugo Philippeau, piano)
Adèle Lorenzi-Favart and Hyeyoung Kim, soprano.

9 December 2019
•  8 p.m.: Memories of Meiningen, Salle Varèse (free)
J. Brahms: Sonata for clarinet in E major op.120 n°2
Trio for clarinet, cello and piano op.114
A. Berg : Four pieces for clarinet and piano op.5
•  8 p.m.: Transfigured Night, Salle Varèse (Price: €12)
Quatuor Rosamonde (Agnès Sulem-Bialobroda and Thomas Tercieux, violins / Jean Sulem, alto / Xavier Gagnepain, cello) and students from chamber music department: Charlotte Giraud, alto and Kioumarz Kian, cello. 
A. Berg: Quatuor op. 3

This diverse programme, developed jointly with the musical culture department, is the result of knowledge and emotions being shared in a cultivated yet stirring way.


Isabelle, our editor born and bred in Lyon! She was born in Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon in fact, studied in Lyon and now lives here. Territorial? Absolutely not! She loves travelling, widening her horizons, meeting new people and enjoys a change of scenery (without snow, if possible). Isabelle is curious and a people person, two attributes that often go hand in hand! Her favourite colour is green and her motto "a day without laughter is a day wasted!" 

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