Main content
Sorry, this episode is not currently available

Poulenc and Beethoven from West Cork

John Toal presents highlights from the 24th West Cork Chamber Music Festival featuring music by Poulenc and Beethoven.

John Toal presents highlights from the 24th West Cork Chamber Music Festival. Featuring music by Poulenc and Beethoven.

We begin in the rich acoustic of St. Brendan's Church, situated on the main square in the centre of Bantry town, with a performance of Poulenc's Sextet, composed between 1930 and 1932, revised in 1939, and premiered in Paris in December 1940. The work is full of colour, with lots of instructions on the score involving its character, including "very dry," "very sweet and melancholy," and "sans ralentir"- "keep it moving." It brings together the Azahar Ensemble and pianist Gloria Campaner.

And we move to the opulence and grandeur of the Library in Bantry House for our final performance of the week: Beethoven's Piano Trio in E flat major, Op.70, No.2. It’s one of the most lovable and subtle of Beethoven’s chamber works, with a complex set of variations on two themes in the second movement. Today the performers are Viviane Hagner (violin), Johannes Moser (cello) and Barry Douglas (piano).

Poulenc: Sextet
Azahar Ensemble, Gloria Campaner (piano)

Beethoven: Piano Trio in E flat major, Op.70, No.2
Viviane Hagner (violin), Johannes Moser (cello), Barry Douglas (piano)

57 minutes

Music Played

  • Francis Poulenc

    Sextet

    Performer: Azahar Ensemble. Performer: Gloria Campaner.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Trio In E flat Major, Op.70, No.2

    Performer: Viviane Hagner. Performer: Johannes Moser. Performer: Barry Douglas.
  • Percy Grainger

    Handel in the Strand

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin.
    • Grainger: Solo Piano Music: Marc-Andre Hamelin.
    • Hyperion.
    • 13.

Broadcast