David Fray plays Schubert and Bach

Verbier Festival 2009

At the occasion of his first appearance at the Verbier Festival, in 2009, the pianist David Fray chose to interpret two composers that he has a particular affection for: Schubert and Bach.

Certain pages of music allow us to glipse, sometimes, such vast and majestic sections of the universe that we no longer think about the question of age. "Should I wait a few years before tackling this work? Will I then be ready to play it well?" The extreme emotion that surges forth when the young David Fray plays one of the the Drei Klavierstücke, D. 946 by Shubert is proof of the futility of such questions. Even while resting in the intimate and almost nostalgic spirit of the compositions, the pianist manages to bring to light a secret grandeur present in the music.

When David Fray interprets Bach, the same sensation makes itself felt. One of his great qualities is certainly his ability to elaborate an advanced analysis of the musical text in his interpretative work, while still leaving place for naturalness and sensitivity. On could almost speak of a form of lyricism, though this term is somewhat anachronistic to refer to the Cantor of Leipzig!

The first of the Schumann's Kinderszenen closes David Fray's recital. The fifth of the pieces which brings together this collection of childhood memories is called Happy Enough: this is also the state we find ourselves in after listening to this recital at the Verbier Festival.

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Broadcast date : July 23, 2009, 9 a.m.

Movie director : François-René Martin
Playlist : Young Talents Only
Musical period : Baroque music
Music genre : Recitals and chamber music
Musical form : Partita

Duration : 51 min
Location : Verbier Church (Verbier, Switzerland)
Production date : 2009
Production : © Idéale Audience

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