Under the artistic direction of pianist Peter Froundjian, the week-long festival has been taking place every year since August in the castle in front of Husum. The aim is to draw the attention of the audience to works that, despite their high quality, have not found their way into the common piano repertoire. The 'rarities of piano music' consists of ten concerts, two matinees and an exhibition.
Through the production of a live CD (on the Danish label "Danacord"), a selection of the played works is distributed worldwide.
Chaminade6 Romances sans paroles, Op. 76
ScottPiano Sonata, Op. 66
D'IndyPoème des Montagnes, Op. 15 (Le chant des bruyères)
The Berkeley Ensemble is delighted to be accepting applications for its annual Chamber Music Course for amateur musicians, and very much hope that the easing of restrictions relating to the Covid-19 pandemic will enable the course to take place.
Established in 1966, Penkhull Festival is a classical music and arts festival which takes place in Stoke-on-Trent each September. The festival's home is the historic Domesday village of Penkhull, surrounded by the rolling countryside of the Staffordshire moorlands.
Possibly the biggest takeaway of this release, however, is the superb artistry of Simon Callaghan. Already represented by two discs in Hyperion’s Romantic Piano Concerto series, it is a pleasure to encounter his solo work. Clearly a musician of curiosity and discernment, Callaghan’s robust piano-playing is also thoughtful, subtle and refined. I look forward to hearing whatever he does next.