It seems almost prophetic to have programmed Brahms’ German Requiem at the 2019 festival, at the time completely unaware of the virus that was already spreading in China, and only several months away from the global catastrophe that followed. It seems even more symbolic to complement that Requiem with another this year, like two pillars standing either side of the abyss.
We are thrilled to be welcoming back the Truro Cathedral Choir for a performance of the Fauré requiem on the Sunday afternoon. Our last collaboration has been very memorable and special and Faure’s music is so divine and full of consolation.
For the rest of the weekend we have a programme full of thrill and discovery, from the well loved and well known masterpieces of Fauré such as the piano quartet in c minor or the elegie, to his lesser known and rarely played string quartet (the last piece he ever wrote) and some of his other wonderful vocal and choral works.
And then the music of Faure’s students, and what a class of composers that was! As well as music by his most famous student, Ravel, the programme also includes wonderful pieces by some of Faure’s other illustrious students – the exciting string trio by Florent Schmitt and the lyrical cello sonata by Charles Kochelin. And then Enescu! Anyone who has been following our concerts for a while will know by now my great love and admiration for that incredible musician. As well as some stunning shorter pieces I have included in the programme Enescu’s monumental piano quintet, unjustly neglected and so rarely heard, I hope we can do it justice!
I’m so looking forward to seeing many of you this November,
The Festival was founded by pianist Noam Greenberg in 2006, when, joined by several friends, they performed all of Schumann’s chamber music with piano, to mark the 150th anniversary of the composer’s death. Putting on those concerts was a leap into the unknown, and while today the festival is well established, something of that original adventurous spirit remains.
While the attitude to the music is most serious, the atmosphere in and around the concerts is relaxed and informal, with many opportunities for the audience and the performers to mix, either in the interval bar that also serves as the musician’s green room, around St Mawes’ sea front, or in one of the village’s lovely little cafes.
The concerts are organised in collaboration with Hotel Tresanton, and all inclusive packages are available from the hotel. But individual concert tickets are also available, as well as subscriptions to all four, and more information about alternative accommodation options can be found on the Booking Details page.
We hope to see you in one of our concerts soon!