Un voyage des impressions: RNCM Chamber Music Festival
RNCM, 9-11 March 2018
This year’s RNCM Chamber Music Festival, Un voyage des impressions, took its inspiration from French music, though not entirely so.
On Saturday morning, for example, there was a concert entitled Dance Eccentrique, which featured two works by Stravinsky, including The Rite of Spring in a version for four hands (that is, two pianists sat at the same piano). It was one of the highlights of the weekend.
There was a lot of different sorts of French music, anyway: Europop and baroque, French folk song alongside generous dollops of Debussy, Faure and Messiaen. One concert called out Boulanger’s legacy, and not before time.
The final concert by the Aronowitz Ensemble, featuring a princely portion of RNCM students, had a rare and, as it turned out, a very fine performance of George Enescu’s String Octet in C Major. You need eight top-of-their-game miusicians to do it justice, probably the prime reason why it is so seldom seen. Thankfully, top-of their-game musicians were out in abundance over these three festival days. So that wasn’t a problem.
A good ‘un.