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A Grail, a Gondola and a Sonnet

Live from Wigmore Hall, French pianist Bertrand Chamayou performs Beethoven in improvisatory mood, graveside Wolfgang Rihm and Liszt in search of the Holy Grail and in Venice.

French pianist Bertrand Chamayou performs Beethoven, Rihm and Liszt, opening with one of Liszt's many operatic transcriptions: the March to the Holy Grail from Wagner's Parsifal. In the Fantasia in G minor Beethoven flexes his improvisatory muscles to impressive effect, while Wolfgang Rihm's Tombeau evokes a bleak and sometimes terrifying graveyard scene.

Venice dominates the second half of this recital, with Liszt evoking an ominous journey on a lugubrious gondola, reflecting on the passionate love poetry of Petrarch and showing us the vivid sights and scenes of Venice and Naples.

Live from Wigmore Hall, presented by Martin Handley

Liszt: Feierlicher Marsch zum heiligen Gral from Parsifal S450 (transcription from Richard Wagner)
Beethoven: Fantasia in G minor Op 77
Rihm: Klavierstück No 5 ('Tombeau')

Interval

Liszt: La lugubre gondola S200
Liszt: Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, Italie S161 - Sonetto del Petrarca No 123
Liszt: Venezia e Napoli S162

Bertrand Chamayou (piano)

Photo © Marco Borggreve

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2 hours, 28 minutes

Music Played

  • Franz Liszt

    Feierlicher Marsch zum heiligen Gral from Parsifal S450

    Performer: Bertrand Chamayou.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Fantasia in G minor Op. 77

    Performer: Bertrand Chamayou.
  • Wolfgang Rihm

    Klavierstück No. 5 ('Tombeau')

    Performer: Bertrand Chamayou.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    In ecclesiis a 14

    Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort & Players. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Sonata No 20 a 22

    Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort & Players. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Magnificat a 33

    Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort & Players. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Franz Liszt

    La lugubre gondola S200

    Performer: Bertrand Chamayou.
  • Franz Liszt

    "Années de pèlerinage, deuxième année, Italie S161

    Performer: Bertrand Chamayou.
  • Franz Liszt

    Venezia e Napoli S162

    Performer: Bertrand Chamayou.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Pavane pour une infante défunte

    Performer: Bertrand Chamayou.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Mazurka No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 66

    Performer: Bertrand Chamayou.
  • Arnold Schoenberg

    String Quartet No 2 Op 10

    Singer: Elsa Dreisig. Ensemble: Quatuor Arod.
    • ERATO.
  • Ottorino Respighi

    L' Adorazione dei Magi (Trittico Botticelliano)

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Sinfonietta. Conductor: Tamás Vásáry.
    • CHANDOS.

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