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Composer: Bacri, Nicolas (b. 1961)

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Year of birth1961
NationalityFrance
Period20th century
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Cello fireworks from Edgar Moreau in Gstaad

Edgar Moreau  ©  Miguel Bueno
One always comes to a young musicians' concert with a slight hope that this will be that special day when you hear a performer who you are absolutely sure will be a star of the future. That hope only comes to fruition on a small number of occasions: this concert was one of them. I'm willing to take bets that nineteen year old Parisian cellist Edgar Moreau is going to have a glittering career.
****1
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Some memorable moments in a mixed cello concert

Pablo Ferrandez  ©  Miguel Bueno
Reviewing concerts by young performers can be a tricky business, particularly when the material is highly varied and the way it is played even more so. Whenever I formed an opinion about the cello playing of Pablo Ferrández in today’s concert in Gstaad Chapel, I found myself contradicting it in the following piece.
***11
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Cello music romantic and modern in Gstaad

One of the more attractive features of the Sommets Musicaux festival is the series of concerts in Gstaad chapel, each given by a young musician who has been spending the week attending classes, with a mentor – in this case, Mario Brunello – and each including a world première written by the festival’s composer in residence – this year, it’s the turn of Nicolas Bacri.
***11
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Batiashvili and Leleux: When soloists come together and make chamber music

Lisa Batiashvili  ©  Anja Frers and Deutsche Grammophon
The husband and wife team of acclaimed concert violinist Lisa Batiashvili and solo oboist François Leleux forms the backbone of this as-yet-unnamed chamber group, which performs as often as busy individual schedules permit. For some the main draw of an ensemble of like this might be hearing the music buffeted around by strong personalities.
***11
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