Dalberto and Bechstein on Tour

Michel Dalberto, accompanied by Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, will play works by Fauré in Bensheim, Essen, Birmingham, London and Bonn. The fourth member of the tour, which begins in late April 2013, will be a C. Bechstein D 282 concert grand, under the care of the Belgian concert technician Denijs de Winter.

The highlights of the tour will be works by Gabriel Fauré, which Michel Dalberto recently recorded on a CD together with outstanding musicians: his fellow pianist Nicholas Angelich, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon (violin and cello), Gérard Caussé (viola), and the Quatuor Ébène. This brilliant CD, released to excellent reviews, features the same C. Bechstein D 282 grand piano that Dalberto will now play on tour.

“France’s best musicians have presented a magnificent recording of Gabriel Fauré’s complete chamber music,” the German weekly "Die Zeit" recently wrote about the CD box released on the Virgin Classics label. The production brought together the crème de la crème of French chamber musicians, and the same ensemble will now perform Fauré’s complete chamber music live in three concerts in London’s Wigmore Hall, on 30 April, 2 and 4 May.

On 27 April, the Trio Capuçon, with Michel Dalberto on the Bechstein, will play selected works of Gabriel Fauré and Johannes Brahms at the Parktheater, Bensheim. (Brahms played at the opening event of Berlin’s Bechstein Hall in 1892.) The next day, the three musicians will present works by Fauré in a matinee concert in the Philharmonie in Essen. And on 29 April, the programme in Birmingham’s Town Hall will include piano trios by Fauré, Brahms, and another great Bechstein admirer, Maurice Ravel. After the London concerts, the musicians will close the tour with an appearance in WDR3’s radio concert series "concerto discreto", broadcast from the Arithmeum in Bonn on 6 May.

Concert dates

27 April 2013: Bensheim, Parktheater (works by Brahms and Fauré)

28 April 2013: Essen, Philharmonie

29 April 2013: Birmingham, Town Hall

30 April, 2 and 4 May 2013: London, Wigmore Hall

5 May 2013: Bonn, Arithmeum

Kolja Blacher (Violine) und Markus Becker (Klavier) in der Friedenskirche Potsdam