The first of our Summer Weekend concerts celebrating the rich treasure trove of music by French composers from the golden age of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Iconic masterpieces carefully chosen by pianist Tom Poster provide a framework for some exquisite rarities interwoven throughout this unique four-concert festival.
Debussy Violin Sonata
Saint-Saëns Violons dans le soir
Messiaen La mort du nombre
Fauré Piano Quintet No 1 in D minor
Tom Poster piano
Elena Urioste violin
The Navarra Quartet
Raphaela Papadakis soprano
Karim Sulayman tenor
Debussy’s ever-popular violin sonata, premiered 100 years ago, is filled with nostalgia and brilliance. Two rare works combining voices and chamber forces follow: Saint-Saëns’ bewitching dialogue between voice and obbligato violin, and an exquisite early work by Messiaen in which two souls express hope of reunion. Tom Poster fell in love with Fauré’s ravishing first piano quintet in his early teens, and it has been one of his ‘desert island discs’ ever since.
[Sorry – front-row and mid-rows tickets are SOLD OUT; all other prices are still available].
This concert is 1 of 4 over our Summer Weekend – click here to view the next