Wales Festivals 2012


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Louise Fryer introduces the first of five programmes recorded over the summer months at festivals across Wales. Today a trip to the idyllic town of Presteigne, celebrating 30 years of festival music-making on the Welsh-English border.

Schubert: String Quintet in C D956

The Carducci Quartet, Philip Higham (cello).

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Louise Fryer introduces more music-making from the summer months at Wales's leading festivals. Today, watery reflections on his native Venice from pianist Alessandro Taverna at the Gregynog Festival, plus a trip to the Gower Festival where the peninsula's churches provide one the UK's most alluring musical atmospheres.

Beethoven: Kakadu Variations

The Kungsbacka Piano Trio

Mendelssohn: Venetian Boat Song No. 2

Brinley Richards: Le Carnaval de Venise

Debussy: L'isle joyeuse

Alessandro Taverna (piano)

Fauré: Piano Trio in D minor

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Louise Fryer introduces highlights from summer music festivals across Wales with performances recorded at the Gower Festival and at Gregynog, the longest running Welsh classical festival.

Stravinsky: Three Movements from Petrushka

Alessandro Taverna (piano)

Beethoven: 'Archduke' Trio Op.97

Kungsbacka Piano Trio.

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Louise Fryer introduces highlights from the 2012 Welsh summer festivals, beginning in Presteigne which has steadfastly been supporting new music for 30 years. Plus more Venetian reflections from the historic Music Room at Gregynog Hall, formerly owned by the art-loving sisters and musical patrons Margaret and Gwendoline Davies.

David Matthews: String Quartet No 3, Op 18

Carducci Quartet

Ravel: Un barque sur l'océan (from 'Miroirs')

Liszt: Gondoliera; Canzone; Tarantella (from 'Années de pèlerinage')

Alessandro Taverna (piano).

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Louise Fryer introduces highlights from Wales's summer music festivals, and a trip to the former Wesleyan Chapel in the centre of Machynlleth which brings the finest chamber music to the market town every August.

Mussorgsky: The Nursery

Grieg: Haugtussa

Christianne Stotijn (mezzo-soprano), Julius Drake (piano).