David Fray, carte blanche at the TCE

A few days ago, David Fray and his former professor Jacques Rouvier, along with 2 other pianists, Emmanuel Christien and Audrey Vigoureux, were performing Bach Concertos for 2, 3 or 4 keyboards (on modern piano) at the TCE.

The concert program was indeed similar to their latest recording, with the same soloists and – small – orchestra, the string ensemble from the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, one of French leading orchestras. I had decided not to listen to the CD beforehand, not to “spoil” the evening. But Fray’s recordings of Bach talk for themselves and I was pretty sure I would not be disappointed.

David Fray and Jacques Rouvier joined forces for Concerto BWV 1061 in C. They naturally know each other extremely well (they recorded together a wonderful Schubert album) and were in total harmony. The “Adagio ovvero Largo”, where the orchestra is silent, was out of this world, a pure moment of joy and grace.

David Fray, who also assumed the conductor role, played Concerto BWV 1062 in C minor with Audrey Vigoureux and Concerto BWV 1060 also in C minor – but of a very different mood – with Emmanuel Christien. I think I enjoyed the latter a little more, but both were very pleasurable.

After the break, David Fray, Jacques Rouvier and Emmanuel Christien played Concerto BWV 1063 in D minor – which has some reminiscences of Keyboard Concerto BWV 1052 in the same key, a true masterpiece -, and were joined by Audrey Vigoureux for the 4 keyboard Concerto BWV 1065 in A minor.

The performers played 2 encores, the 1st and 3rd movements of the BWV 1065 before a very friendly signing session.

As on the CD, only Concerto BWV 1064 for 3 Keyboards was missing. Maybe next time?

Oh, I forgot to mention that a very famous French actor was attending the concert (see photos) and congratulated the performers.

 

David Fray & Jacques Rouvier

David Fray & Jacques Rouvier

David Fray & Audrey Vigoureux

David Fray & Audrey Vigoureux

David Fray & Emmanuel Christien

David Fray & Emmanuel Christien

David Fray, Emmanuel Christien, Audrey Vigoureux, Jacques Rouvier

David Fray, Emmanuel Christien, Audrey Vigoureux, Jacques Rouvier

Jacques Rouvier, Audrey Vigoureux, Emmanuel Christien, David Fray

Jacques Rouvier, Audrey Vigoureux, Emmanuel Christien, David Fray

Gérard Depardieu

Gérard Depardieu

David Fray & Jacques Rouvier

David Fray & Jacques Rouvier