Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Coffee concert (Wigmore/Gaspard)

Haydn, Fauré, Liszt and Beethoven (Trio Gaspard at the Wigmore Hall)
It is absolutely the most civilized thing you can possibly do with a Sunday morning - possibly anywhere, certainly in London: a coffee concert at the Wigmore Hall. An hour of invariably excellent chamber music, followed by a glass of sherry or cup of coffee.
On Sunday morning, hot-shots from Germany thoughtfully drew a musical weekend to a close.
The Fauré was the most beautiful piece but it made sense that resequencing placed Beethoven at the end. 

The Liszt was perhaps the least-satisfying of the pieces. With Beethoven, the concert finished with fireworks. 
I do wish the Wigmore would provide some contextual notes in the programme sheet for these concerts.
Trio Gaspard
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): Piano Trio in E flat major HXV:10
Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924): Piano Trio in D minor Op. 120
Franz Liszt (1811-1886): Orphée S98 (arr. Camille Saint-Saëns)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): 10 Variations on 'Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu' in G major Op. 121a

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