For one week every year, Paris' Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord is home to the festival of the Palazzetto Bru Zane, Venice's Center for French Romantic Music. The annual festival unveils rare and/or unknown musical jewels of the 19th French Romantic repertoire. Tedi Papavrami and François-Frédéric Guy perform here works by Hérold, Montgeroult, Steibelt, and Beethoven.
Virtuoso violinist Tedi Papavrami was born in Albania and studied at the Paris Conservatoire, unanimously being awarded a first prize from the jury. Since then, he has pursued a successful career as a soloist and chamber musician, receiving the 2014 Diapason d'Or for Instrumental Soloist of the Year. Papavrami is regularly joined in concert by pianist François-Frédéric Guy, who himself has performed under great conductors like Philippe Jordan, Michael Tilson Thomas, Bernard Haitink and Daniel Harding. Guy has dedicated much of his artistic efforts to masterpieces of the Romantic repertoire and in particular to the 32 Piano Sonatas by Beethoven, a composer who he describes as "the Alpha and Omega of music".
In a program dedicated to musical figures from the time of the French Empire, Papavrami and Guy perform sonatas by Hérold, Steibelt and Beethoven, and Hélène Montgeroult's Études for Solo Piano. Louis-Ferdinand Hérold was the music teacher of the Murat princesses (relatives of the Frenchimperial family) and Daniel Steibelt was a German virtuoso pianist and composer. Hélène de Montgeroult was one of the best pianists and composers of her times, as well as the first woman to be appointed teacher at the Paris Conservatoire National de Musique after its founded in 1795.
Pictures: François-Frédéric Guy © Benjamin de Diesbach – Tedi Papavrami © Davolo Steiner.
The complete Beethoven sonatas
Edinburgh Festival 1964