Fauré and his pupils

The dawn of careers

Chamber Music
Gabriel Fauré was thirty-five when his First Piano Quartet (1880) was premiered, and his former pupil George Enescu was twenty-eight when he completed a work for the same group of instruments almost thirty years later (1909). The two compositions show a clear kinship, and the Romanian’s gesture should undoubtedly be seen as a tribute. Furthermore, he later dedicated his Second Piano Quartet to his teacher. These two pieces are also interesting in that composers of that time taking their first steps in the field of chamber music typically chose to begin with the piano quartet. While the string quartet represented the absolute summit, reserved for composers at the very height of their powers, the piano quartet, less exposed, enabled a more casual approach to the genre.


Sat 13 April 2024
Auditorium Lo Squero, Venice


Hawijch Elders violin
Natanael Ferreira viola
Aleksey Shadrin cello
Frank Braley piano


Gabriel FAURÉ
Quatuor avec piano en ut mineur no 1, op. 15 :
I. Allegro molto moderato – II. Allegro vivo (Scherzo) – III. Adagio – IV. Allegro molto

Georges ENESCO
Quatuor avec piano en ré majeur no 1, op. 16 :
I. Allegro moderato – II. Andante mesto – III. Vivace
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