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Chamber music takes Centrestage

Though not in a la mode,western classical music has always found listeners in the city. So when the Arties Festival hit the city for the first time it did find lovers of western classical music lining up for the concert.

Written by Shashi Priya |
March 20, 2009 1:35:57 am

Though not in a la mode,western classical music has always found listeners in the city. So when the Arties Festival hit the city for the first time it did find lovers of western classical music lining up for the concert. Now in its third year,the Arties Festival once again will appease the senses of music lovers in the city. Top-ranking French chamber music ensemble,Arties India will present two chamber music mini-festivals in the city. The first of these mini-festivals will take place today.

Conceptualised with the purpose of spreading the gospel of chamber music far and wide,Arties Festival was designed by a group of talented young musicians based in France. The festival travels nations,acquainting them with the repertoire of chamber music by presenting performances in a new,stimulating way. The group of musicians lead by Gauthier Herrmann in its third edition in India will have 11 musicians. “We will be five string players,a woodwind quintet and a pianist. We are looking forward to our performance in Pune. We find a very musically conscious audience here,” says Gaunthier Herrman,cellist of the group and Arties India founder-manager.

The present line-up includes Alexandre Gattet (Oboe),Clément Dufour (Flute),Olivier Patey (Clarinet),Benoit De Barsony (French horn),Lionel Bord (bassoon),Sullimann Altmayer,(Violon),Joseph Andre (Violon),Nicolas Bône (Viola),Gauthier Herrmann (Cello),Gauthier Borsarello (Doublebass) and Romain Descharmes (Piano).

With two successful tours of India already to their credit,Gauthier Herrman is confident of the third one to follow suit. The group that performed a Bollywood number at the end of one of its concerts is ready to go Bollywood once again. “We designed the programmes with my friends and partners Jehangir Batiwala from the Poona Music Society (PMS) and Khushroo Suntook from the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA). And to join the Indian culture we are always musically open,” says Herrman.

Elaborating on the unique feature of Chamber music Herrman says,“What is very interesting with the western classical music is that everything is written. Then,if we want to create,we have to think about the music,about what the composer had wanted to say and about what we want to say ourselves through the notes.” The highlights from the two programmes include F. Poulenc,Flute sonata,J. Brahms,horn,violin and piano trio opus 40,A. Dvorak,piano quintet opus 81,W. A. Mozart,Flute quartet K 285,M. Glinka,piano,clarinet and bassoon trio and L. V. Beethoven,Septet opus 20.

(The festival will take place at Mazda Hall,Dastur School today and on March 22,6.30 pm onwards)

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