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Welsh Festivals: Ravel and Debussy

Ravel's Le tombeau de Couperin played by pianist Freddy Kempf at the North Wales Music Festival and Debussy's String Quartet in G performed by the Marmens at Machynlleth Festival.

Wales hosts an abundance of music Festivals in some of the UK's most breathtaking settings. This week Christopher Cook introduces highlights from three of its Summer Festivals, all situated in locations of outstanding natural beauty. Later in the week we'll visit the pretty border town of Presteigne, but the series begins at the North Wales International Music Festival in St. Asaph where pianist Freddy Kempf enchanted audiences in its ancient cathedral with Ravel's homage to his baroque antecedent. After that we head to the historic town of Machynlleth for an evocatively drawn performance of Debussy's Quartet, given by the Marmen Quartet.

Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
Freddy Kempf, piano

Debussy: String Quartet in G
Marmen Quartet
Johannes Marmen, violin
Ricky Gore, violin
Bryony Gibson-Cornish, viola
Steffan Morris. cello

57 minutes

Music Played

  • Maurice Ravel

    Le Tombeau de Couperin

    Performer: Freddy Kempf.
  • Claude Debussy

    Quartet in G minor Op.10

    Ensemble: Marmen Quartet.
  • Claude Debussy

    Suite bergamasque for piano

    Performer: Ji Liu.