Bechstein at the Wigmore Hall II
Fauré’s music radiates such a wonderful fin de siècle touch, and the acoustics of the Wigmore Hall suit chamber music so well, that the first concert of the series conjured up an impression that the world-famous venue built by Carl Bechstein in 1901 had been waiting for the return of a Bechstein piano. On 18 March 1908, Gabriel Fauré personally premiered some of his works, together with the singer “Madame Jeanne Raunay”, at what was then “Bechstein Hall, 36 & 38 Wigmore Street”.
The Fauré Project gathers the crème de la crème of French chamber musicians (by age, they are the children and grandchildren of the maestro’s pupils) around a C. Bechstein D 282 concert grand piano to play selected works by Gabriel Fauré. The fact that the artists chose the same instrument to record a CD set of the composer’s complete chamber music that was awarded several prizes is certainly worth mentioning.
During the first of the three concerts, the pianists Nicholas Angelich and Michel Dalberto, accompanied by Gérard Caussé (viola), Renaud Capuçon (violin) and Gautier Capuçon (cello), brilliantly interpreted the Violin Sonata No. 2 op. 108, the Piano Trio op. 120, the Cello Sonata op. 109 and the Piano Quartet No1 op. 15. The enchanting sound of the strings perfectly harmonised with the colourful, lively and richly nuanced voice of the Bechstein. The audience in the nearly sold out venue visibly shared Angelich’s and Dalberto’s enthusiasm for the wonderful C. Bechstein grand piano.
The concert was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. You can listen to the recording of it during the next few days at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01s35qs.
Further information on the Fauré-Bechstein Tour is available at http://bechstein.com/en/meta-header/press/pressearchiv/press-releases/dalberto-and-bechstein-on-tour.html.
The ensemble will give two more concerts at the Wigmore Hall on 2 and 4 May. The closing concert of the tour, in Bonn on 6 May, will be recorded by WDR and broadcast on 11 June 2013 at 8:05 p.m. in the programme WDR 3 Konzert.