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Welsh Festivals: Chopin and Britten

Chopin's 'Funeral March' Sonata performed by Freddy Kempf at the North Wales Music Festival plus the Navarra Quartet play Britten's String Quartet No 3 at Presteigne Festival.

Christopher Cook introduces highlights from last Summer's Welsh Festivals. A great favourite with both audiences and performers alike, in the ancient setting of St. Asaph Cathedral at the North Wales International Music Festival, pianist Freddy Kempf put the piano through its paces in Chopin's Second Piano Sonata, which includes that rather famous funeral march. Then it's off to Presteigne Festival and St. Andrew's Church for a contrasting display of virtuosity from the Navarra String Quartet in Britten's profound and final contribution to string quartet literature.

Chopin: 2nd Piano Sonata, B flat minor
Freddy Kempf, piano

Britten: Third String Quartet
Navarra Quartet
Magnus Johnston, violin
Marijie Johnston, violin
Simone van der Giessen, viola
Brian O'Kane, cello

57 minutes

Music Played

  • Frédéric Chopin

    Sonata no. 2 in B flat minor Op.35

    Performer: Freddy Kempf.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Quartet no. 3 Op.94

    Ensemble: Navarra String Quartet.

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