This week's series of Lunchtime Concerts is brought to a close with chamber music by Nielsen and Fauré. BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists, the Danish Quartet brought the music of fellow Dane, Carl Nielsen, to the MAC in Belfast.
Nielsen composed his Third Quartet in 1897-8, and in it he breaks away from his reliance on the German romantic tradition and transports the listener to the landscape of his native Denmark. The music is rich in sonority and melodic counterpoint.
For the first time this week, the members of the Capuçon Trio come together to perform Fauré's Piano Trio Op. 20 which was recorded at the National Concert Hall in Dublin last spring.
Fauré composed the Trio when he was well into his 70s, at a time when his hearing in the high and low registers was failing - this is probably why the sound spectrum occupies the mid-range - but the trio written in the final years of a compositional life that linked romanticism to the freedoms of 20th century harmony, is a masterpiece.
Nielsen: String Quartet No 3 in E flat major
Danish String Quartet
Frederik Øland, violin; Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, violin;
Asbjørn Nørgaard, viola; Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin, cello
Fauré: Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 120
Renaud Capuçon, violin; Gautier Capuçon, cello;
Michel Dalberto, piano.
This week's series of Lunchtime Concerts is brought to a close with chamber music by Nielsen and Fauré. BBC Radio 3 New Gereration Artists, the Danish Quartet brought the music of fellow Dane, Carl Neilsen, to the MAC in Belfast.