Message from the Artistic Director

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In 2019 we will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of Festival Resonances!
The festival will take place exceptionally at the end of May this year during the Ascension holiday. I am delighted to be welcoming many special musicians again to Ciney for a musical feast and I hope you too will join us for the 7 concerts in 4 days! 
Resonances kicks off on Thursday 30th May with an opening concert of the Austrian masters celebrating the first and second Viennese schools with Haydn, Schönberg and Schubert. We welcome four fantastic wind players, three of which will join the strings for perhaps the most festive party-piece ever written: Schubert’s famous Octet. 
On Friday 31st May we will have the chance to listen to lesser-known composers with a connection or admiration with a more celebrated one.
Beethoven will be played in the first concert alongside his student and friend Ferdinand Ries. That concert will be followed by a programme of Gabriel Fauré and Reynaldo Hahn. The Venezuelan-born Hahn was a musical child prodigy who later moved to France where he became the lover of Marcel Proust and together the couple shared a passion for painting, literature and the French composer Fauré! The young Belgian singer, Lore Binon will join Resonances musicians for the first time for songs by Fauré and Hahn. There will also be a rare chance to hear the music Hahn composed to Proust’s poems ‘Portraits des peintures’  for piano and speaker.
Saturday 1st June will be a special day devoted to love in various forms. The first concert will bring us two different works entitled ‘Kreutzer Sonata’.
Tolstoy’s novella ‘The Kreutzer Sonata’ is a dramatic story about passion in which Beethoven’s famous violin sonata takes on a lead role. I am very happy to be welcoming Antje Weithaas and Denes Varjon to Resonances for the first time where they will perform this heroic violin sonata that so inspired Tolstoy and then in turn Janacek, whose first string quartet was inspired by Tolstoy’s novella.
The 2nd concert on Saturday will feature Schumann and the love that surrounded him in his time and ours. The Hungarian composer György Kurtág adores Schumann and alongside his ‘Hommage à Schumann’ we will be performing works by Schumann’s wife, Clara Schumann, who was born exactly 200 years ago and Johannes Brahms who was extremely close to both Robert and Clara Schumann. 
On Sunday 2nd June we will wake up with a refreshing Mendelssohn Morning which precedes our final concert dedicated to some prominent Russian masters. We are thrilled that Steven Isserlis will be appearing at Resonances this year, and giving us a performance of Kabalevsky’s great cello sonata. Not to be missed!
When I think back to 10 years ago and the first edition of Resonances, I feel very touched to see how far we have come and yet how little we have lost from our initial concept of the highest level of music-making being given in an intimate setting. It is lovely to have got to know such a warm and appreciative audience who keep coming back each year with their trust and generosity. On a personal note, I would like to say a special word of thanks to Florence Gillon who founded Resonances with me and who inspired and enabled us to create the special musical setting of Resonances and who continues to support the festival hugely. 
I would also like to thank our wonderful team of volunteers, and our amazing Friends and Sponsors who make it possible to continue on this very special Resonances journey.
In these cold and dark days of February, I am looking forward to enjoying the warmer days of early Spring/Summer and seeing musicians and audience mingling together with a drink or bite to eat in the grounds of the welcoming Chateau de Halloy.
Come and join us for what promises to be a memorable 10th birthday of Festival Resonances!!

Amy Norrington

 


 

Message de la Directrice Artistique

 

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Amy Norrington