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RENCONTRES INÉDITES I

BOUCHKOV – FUNG – FUJITA / RAVEL, ARENSKI
Violinist Marc Bouchkov joins forces with pianist Mao Fujita and cellist Zlatomir Fung for the Festival’s iconic Rencontres Inédites. A rich programme of two contrasting Trios from Ravel and Anton Arenski.
Programme

MAURICE RAVEL (1875-1937)
Piano Trio in A minor 

Interval 

ANTON ARENSKY (1861-1906) 
Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor Op. 32 

Composed in 1914, Ravel’s deftly constructed Piano Trio was dedicated to his counterpoint teacher, André Gédalge. The metrically fluid Modéré’s opening theme is a Basque one he salvaged from an abandoned work for piano and orchestra. Next comes the puckish ‘Pantoum’: an ABA form, but also drawing on the Malay verse form in which each quatrain’s second and fourth lines become the first and third of the next. A profound Passacaille follows, its bass line derived from the Pantoum’s first theme. A triumphant Finale concludes. Arensky’s 1884 Piano Trio No 1 was in memory of the cellist Karl Davidoff, and features the cello prominently. An expressive Allegro moderato leads to a sparkling Scherzo waltz, then an elegiac Adagio. The Finale opens and closes with a bang, with reminders of the work’s opening theme and the Adagio between.