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.

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David Fray plays Chopin and Schubert

David Fray, who has just recorded a Chopin album, was in concert at the TCE.

The 1st half was dedicated to the Polish composer, with different pieces: 3 of his wonderful Nocturnes (op 9 No.2 and the splendid op 48 No.1 & 2), Mazurka op 63 No.3, Impromptu op 51 No.3, Waltz op 69 No.1, and a most remarkable Polonaise-Fantaisie. If the pianist seemed to have some sort of a cold, his playing was exquisite and warm!

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