Bechstein at the Wigmore Hall
Gérard Caussé and Michel Dalberto are among the most famous musicians of our time. Both teach at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris and participated in the much acclaimed recording of Gabriel Fauré’s complete chamber music works published by Virgin Classics. Michel Dalberto and his colleage Nicholas Angelich played a Bechstein D 282 during the recording sessions.
Caussé and Dalberto performed Carl Maria von Weber’s Andante e Rondo Ungarese, Hector Berlioz’s Harold en Italie transcribed by Franz Liszt, and Brahms’s Viola Sonata in E-flat major, op. 120 No. 2. (Brahms participated in the inaugural concerts at Berlin’s Bechstein Hall in 1892.) In a review of the concert at the Wigmore Hall, Mark Berry wrote, “After a slightly anonymous start, the piano grew in stature too, also benefiting from a richly Romantic tone from Michel Dalberto’s Bechstein (an excellent, fitting choice of instrument).” (See the full review on www.seenandheard-international.com.)
Wigmore Hall opened in 1901 as “Bechstein Hall” and was renamed after its expropriation during the First World War.
Michel Dalberto once said, “Bechstein grand pianos have the sound I have always dreamed of.”
Nicholas Angelich, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Gérard Caussé and Michel Dalberto will perform Gabriel Fauré’s complete works of chamber music at the Wigmore Hall on April 30, May 2 and May 4, 2013.
Photos: Steve Hammett and Denijs de Winter