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)
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.
BeethovenSonata in E♭, Op. 31 No. 3 ‘The Hunt’
PoulencLes Soirées de Nazelles
Nicodé6 Phantasiestücke (Memories of Robert Schumann), Op. 6 (no. 1)
★ ★ ★ ★★ ...here, thanks to Harry Potter actor Miriam Margolyes’s artistry and Simon Callaghan’s excellent pianism, is Poulenc’s delightful musical response. And as I listened to this recording, I found the original drawings reappearing in my mind with all their detail intact – extraordinary. It lasts just 30 minutes, but my god does it resonate.