If you’ve lamented the lack of chamber music performances in the city, here’s your chance to catch some memorable compositions by maestros from the western classical tradition.
As part of the finale act of the Arties Festival tonight at NCPA, one can look forward to musicians performing Schubert’s ‘Piano Quintet in D’ and ‘Trout’ as well as Shostakovich’s Piano quintet Op. 57.
Chamber music is usually performed by a small number of instrumentalists with one performer to a part. The name signifies that the performance can take place in a small space or chamber with a warm, intimate atmosphere.
Says Gauthier Herrmann, cellist and artistic director of the festival, "I am looking forward to spending a good time playing beautiful music with all my musicians at the NCPA. I also hope to spread my passion for chamber music, by giving to the Mumbai audience a variety of emotions and passion through our performances."
Adds Khushroo Suntook, Chairman, NCPA, "Through this endeavour, it is our aim to present high quality chamber music on a regular basis with balanced programming to encompass masterpieces of chamber music." Besides Herrmann, the other performers include cellist and pianist Samuel Parent and double-bassist Yann Dubost and violinists Hugues Borsarello, Laurent Manaud-Pallas and Nicolas Bône.
Started in 2008, the bi-yearly music festival takes place in March and November every year. Despite only a niche audience patronising chamber music in India, Herrmann feels that it is important to keep Western classical music traditions alive in a country like India, "The main thing for me is not only to give concerts and to focus on western classical music, but to maintain a high level of curiosity between countries, cultures and generations. Since western classical is my field, I want to make people discover the thousands of amazing scores in the chamber music repertoire," he says.