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chamber music


Raykhelson, Chausson, Schumann / Saadi – Špaček – Barenboim – Tomter – Cheng – Maisky – Moreau – Debargue – Schiff

Luminary and younger-generation Verbier artists join together for three contrasting Romantic works from three different centuries.


String Quartet in F minor
(Saadi, S. Maisky, Barenboim, Cheng)

Piano Quartet in A major Op. 30
(Debargue, Špaček, Tomter, Moreau)


Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor Op. 63
(Schiff, Saadi, Cheng)

Composed in 2010, Igor Raykhelson’s neo-Romantic String Quartet in F minor opens on a Tchaikovsky-ish elegiac idea which then becomes the melodic basis of the ensuing waltz music. After a darkly contemplative Adagio meditabondo, the finale re-introduces the elegiac idea. Chausson’s 1898 Piano Quartet in A major is equally full of richly textured dialogue, coloured by antique modal harmonies. Outer Animé movements – the finale re-introducing previous themes – encase a long-lined slow movement and a delicately lilting Simple et sans hâte. Schumann’s texturally and thematically packed First Piano Trio of 1847 opens on restless music whose rising fourth will form the basis of a new theme at movement’s centre, introduced in glassy sul ponticello tones. Similarly, the second movement’s smooth central section is a transformation of its scampering, scherzo-like outer ends. The third is a sober Langsam, tipping straight into the more cloudless finale.