Joseph Hayden: Innovation and Inspiration: RNCM Chamber Music Festival
RNCM, 15-17 March 2019
This year’s RNCM Chamber Music Festival focused on the work and legacy of Joseph Hayden, the great composer of chamber music.
Over the weekend there was a lecture and a masterclass, a film screening and a workshop, and many, many concerts. The concerts featured Haydn’s music, naturally enough, but also music by those who had influenced him, his contemporaries and those who came afterward. Chiefly a certain Ludwig van Beethoven.
RNCM students and staff contributed to many concerts and each evening there was a concert by a world class ensemble. So on Saturday we heard from Trio Wanderer, who played:
- Haydn – Piano Trio in A major; Piano Trio in F sharp minor; Piano Trio in E flat minor
- Beethoven – Piano Trio in B flat major, ‘Archduke’
The ‘Archduke’ was pretty wondrous, as ever. It is amazing to think that a human being made it.
On Sunday we had Heath Quartet over, and they played:
- Haydn: String Quartet in D major; String Quartet in C major
- Beethoven: String Quartet in E flat major
Again, this was a superlative concert too. Incidentally, they played standing up, these guys: unusual, but maybe it improved their performance, by making them more alert, more responsive to each other’s playing? Certainly, it made me more aware of the swagger in Hayden’s music in particular.