Diary Dates – Hummel in Concert

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May 19th - 26th, 2012

Fourth International Hummel Festival, near Bordeaux, France

The great period for Classical Music, 1770 - 1828, is dominated by just four great composers, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. It is hardly known that there was a fifth, Johann Nepomuk Hummel, many of whose works bear comparison with his illustrious colleagues. Why he became forgotten is a long story that will soon be told, but includes the disruptive genius of his near contemporary Beethoven, whom he might have succeeded, the pact he made with his beautiful young wife, Elisabeth Rockel, to give up being a composer after their marriage in 1813, and his propensity to enjoy life. Hummel is the direct line from Mozart to Chopin, and his music is always a delight. The purpose of the festival is to provide a showcase for Hummel's wonderful music, and to help restore his reputation to what it was in his lifetime, a great composer whose music provided delight throughout the musical world. Highlights include three rarely heard piano concerti, the piano trios performed by the Gould Piano Trio (ahead of their recording of these works for Naxos), the Missa Solemnis (considered by pianist/conductor Howard Shelley to bear comparison with Haydn's Creation and Mozart's Requiem), and the first performance since 1812 of the complete score of his ballet masterpiece, Sappho, including the two numbers for 4-part male voice choir.

Le Faure, 19.00 Saturday, May 19

Hummel: Piano Trio, Op.35 in G
Hummel: Piano Trio, Op.93 in E flat
Beethoven: Archduke Trio, Op. 97

The Gould Trio

Le Faure, 11.30 Sunday, May 20

Hummel: Piano Trio, Op.22 in F
Hummel: Piano Trio, Op.96 in E flat
Dvorák: "Dumky" Trio, Op.90 in E minor

The Gould Trio

Barbecue Lunch at Le Faure, 20€

Concert in Church of Gensac, 17.00

Mozart: Coronation Mass, K317
Hummel: Missa Solemnis

S'otto Voce Choir, Conductor Patrick Hilliard


11.30 am Monday, May 21

Beethoven: Piano Trio in E flat, Hees.Verz 48
Hummel: Piano Trio, Op.93 in E flat
Beethoven: Piano Trio, Op.1, No.1

The Gould Trio

Buffet Lunch, followed by visit to Chateau Belair, St.Emilion 45€

19.00 Monday, May 21

Hummel: Piano Concerto No.1 in C, Op.34
Beethoven: Piano Concerto no.1 in C, Op.15

Christopher Hinterhuber (Piano), Hummel Ensemble


 11.00 Tuesday, May 22
Hummel: Piano Sonata in F sharp minor, Op.81
Beethoven: "Waldstein" Piano Sonata, Op.53

Christopher Hinterhuber (Piano)

Lunch at Michelin-starred Le tour des Vents, followed by visit to Chateau Monbazillac 60€

19.00 Tuesday, May 22

Hummel: Sappho, Acts 1&2 (1st performance since 1812)
Hummel: Violin sonata, Op.5, No.2

Beethoven: Violin Sonata, Op.12, No.2

Hummel Ensemble, Susannah Candlin (Violin), Maureen Galea (Piano)


11.30 Wednesday, May 23

Piano recital including works by Hummel, Vorisek, Smetana & Suk

Maureen Galea (Piano)

Buffet lunch followed by visit to Chateau de Montaigne, home of the famous French philosopher 40€

19.00 Wednesday, May 23

Hummel: Sappho, Acts 3-5 (1st performance since 1812)
Hummel: Piano Trio, Op.12

Hummel: Viola sonata, Op.5 No.3

Hummel Ensemble, S'otto Voce Choir, Martin Smith (Violin), Cian O'Duill (Viola), Sarah Butcher (Cello), Maureen Galea (Piano)


Thursday, May 24

Visit to the Medoc, Chateaux Cos d'Estournel and Pichon-Longueville-Lalande, with picnic lunch 50€


Hummel:Piano Concerto No.6 in F, Op.post
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 in G, Op.58

Christopher Hinterhuber (Piano), Hummel Ensemble

11.30 Friday, May 25

Hummel: Piano Concerto No.4 in E "Wedding concerto"
Hummel: Piano sonata for 4 hands, Op.92*

Benjamin Frith (Piano), Hummel Ensemble, Christopher Hinterhuber (Piano)*

Lunch at local restaurant followed by historical guide to Aquitaine with Douglas Boyd, author of Eleanor, April Queen of Aquitaine 40€

19.00 Friday, May 25

Recital of tenor and soprano arias and duets from Hummel & Mozart operas

Philippe Do (Tenor), Maud Millar (Soprano), Maureen Galea (Piano)



Prices: £1095 for complete event, excluding travel (on which we can advise) and optional day trips. Inclusive of continental breakfast, concert, dinner with wines, aperitifs and en-suite accommodation. £170 per night for shorter stays.

Local airports, Bordeaux (60 mins) and Bergerac (40 mins), plus TGVat Libourne (30 mins). Ryanair, Easyjet, BA, Flybe and others.