Queyras and Melnikov

Queyras and Melnikov - A luxuriant highlight to an already sublime festival at Aix.

Queyras and Melnikov
Queyras and Melnikov – A luxuriant highlight to an already sublime festival at Aix.

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Continuing Summer Festival season in Europe with a concert from the 2016 Aix-en-Provence Festival. This festival has been one of the most popular and legendary, having been around for several decades and offering some of the most memorable performances of instrumental, opera and orchestral repertoire. Certainly considered one of the “must attend” festivals in Europe, the festival at Aix continues to be a highpoint for classical music fans. And this summer was no exception.

Cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras and Pianist Alexander Melnikov in a concert recital at the 2016 Aix-en-Provence Festival, recorded by the ever-present Radio France Musique on July 11th of this year.

An all-Beethoven concert featuring his Sonatas for Cello and Piano. Starting with the 3rd Sonata op. 69 and then Number 4, op102 number 1 and Sonata Number 5, opus 102 number 2.

Queyras and Melnikov have recorded the complete Cello and Piano sonatas by Beethoven for Harmonia-Mundi and they have been very well received. This live concert performance is just the icing on the cake. And as always, the engineers at Radio France Musique do their customary excellent job of capturing all the notes in just the right way.

Coming in at just over an hour, the concert is on two players and the lineup is as follows:

Concert July 11, 2016 in the auditorium Campra Conservatoire Darius Milhaud in Aix-en-Provence, in the festival of Aix-en-Provence in 2016.

Ludwig van Beethoven: 1. Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 3 in the Shift. op.69
2. Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 4 in C Maj. op.102 No. 1
3. Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 5 in D Maj. op.102 2

Jean-Guihen Queyras , cello Alexander Melnikov , piano

This definitely qualifies for anti-Road Rage Wednesday. It also qualifies for sitting down with a bottle of Pinot Grigio or a good Merlot and kicking back – it’s hump-day after all.

Turn it up, relax and enjoy.

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