FAURÉ Piano Quartet No.1 (29′)
FARRENC Nonet (33′)
A spectacular launch for Sheffield Chamber Music Festival, showcasing two spellbinding works in the intimacy of the Crucible Playhouse. A passionate Piano Quartet by Gabriel Fauré – whose music our Guest Curator Steven Isserlis has described as “uniquely moving and uplifting”– opens the evening.
Louise Farrenc’s triumphant Nonet follows, with nine musicians filling the stage to perform a piece full of glorious melodies and radiant colours.
Note from Guest Curator, Steven Isserlis
“It seems fitting to begin the festival with Fauré’s first, and still most popular, work for chamber ensemble, followed by a large-scale work by one of the finest 19th century French composers, Louise Farrenc, whose music is enjoying a revival. About time!”