Presenting the Newman Trio at FeMAP 2019

Presenting the Newman Trio at FeMAP 2019

The violinist Joel Bardolet, the viola player Adam Newman and cellist Pau Codina give their debut performance as the Newman Trio at the Festival de Música Antiga dels Pirineus (FeMAP – Ancient Music Festival of the Pyrenees). The Festival’s ninth edition opens on 5 July 2019 and will offer concerts in unusual places in the Pyrenean region throughout the summer, ending on 25 August. The Newman Trio will present “Diàlegs” (Dialogues), a programme of works by Boccherini, Beethoven, Kurtág and Bach. The programme will be repeated, with three concerts at three different locations.

On Saturday 10 August they will perform at the church of Sant Julià (Ceuró, Castellar de la Ribera). The following day, Sunday 11 August, they will be at the church of Santa Cecília (Vilanova de Banat) and on Monday 12 August they will play at the Niu de l’Àliga refuge. Situated at 2.537 metres, at the top of Tossa d’Alp, the mountain refuge Niu de l’Àliga provides a magnificent viewpoint from which to observe the central Pyrenees.

FeMAP offers guided heritage tours prior to the concerts, included in the ticket price. It also offers tourist packs of concert, double room and breakfast. For all information on concerts and tourist packs, see the FeMAP website.

Programme note: Bach – Kurtág; or, which is one and the same thing, an open dialogue across time.

These two key composers in their respective genres and styles, with their indubitable creativity and talent, transcend the boundaries of time. The most genuine musical expression of the Baroque, as found in Bach, throws into relief the synthesis of language that characterises contemporary music; a domain in which Kurtág has authored some of the most brilliant pages of the last fifty years. In the midst of this contrasting but coherent discourse, the Newman Trio inserts the Boccherini piece, fresh and stylistically elegant. The final section of our programme demonstrates the incredible technical command of the young Beethoven. He uses the string trio almost as if it were a quartet, thereby offering a preview of what would become the composer’s expansive, dramatic musical world – an absolute reference in the history of music of all periods.