Cello Express: La Mer

Porto Cello Festival Ensemble

In a country whose longest border is demarcated by the Atlantic Ocean, the presence and influence of water as an essential element of our daily lives is indisputable. In this sense, the choice of space and the works to be performed, seeks to enable listeners to immerse themselves in an ocean of dreams and impressions of salt and sea. This concert, whose main theme will be the oceans and the consequences of climate change in their environment, will feature the musical performance of the Ensemble Porto Cello Festival. The programme includes works for twelve cellos in world premières, as well as original arrangements for the ensemble, such as C. Debussy’s La Mer, and other compositions by M. Ravel and J. Klengel. This performance will also be a fundraiser for Associação Loving the Planet, leaving a vote of confidence in their work on climate change. As Portugal and the Portuguese have such a symbiotic connection with the sea, so should our attention to reducing our footprint and moving together towards sustainability.

Sat 21 May 20:15
Sala de Eventos do Terminal
de Cruzeiros do Porto de Leixões


Bernardo Nabais, cello
Luca de Falco, cello
Pedro Fernandes, cello
Sujari Britt, cello
Teresa Soares, cello
Tiago Azevedo e Silva, cello
Piri Pimentel, cello
Filipe Quaresma, cello
João Tiago, cello
Levon Mouradian, cello
Ricardo Mota, cello
Tiago Anjinho, cello


Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918)
La fille aux cheveux de lin, arrangement for six cellos

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Après un Rêve, arrangement for six cellos

Ravel (1875-1937)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
La Mer, arrangement for twelve cellos by Luís Carvalho

I. De l’aube à midi sur la Mer – Muito lento

Carlos Azevedo (1964-) 
Ocean’s Twelve*

Catarina Sá Ribeiro (1990-)
Diálogo entre espadas e copas para 12 violoncelos*

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Pavane pour une infante défunte,
arrangement for twelve cellos

Julius Klengel (1859-1933)
Hymnus for twelve cellos, Op. 57

*world premiere
(commissioned by Porto Cello Festival)