Music in the Castle presented a virtually full-house audience with a unique experience last week. Louise Farrenc’s Piano Trio no.1 has laid hidden for 172 years since she wrote it in Paris. She broke all the conventions of her age, as Professor of Piano at the Paris Conservatoire and, eventually, achieving a salary equal to that of her male counterparts – virtually unprecedented in the first half of the 19th century.
The work was totally neglected until very recently. The Divertimento Trio, (Mary Eade, Vicky Evans and Margaret Lynn) spotted a newly-edited score and worked at it ready for the Powderham occasion. It’s a very fine piece indeed, wonderfully melodic, tautly structured, and highly virtuosic, an eminently worthy match for similar-scaled works by Farrenc’s male contemporaries.
The Trio followed this musical discovery with two familiar works, by Saint Saens and Mendelssohn, evoking rapturous applause from a delighted audience in the James Wyatt Music Room, an ideal setting for music on this grand yet intimate scale.
Music in the Castle are again most grateful to Total Event Hire of Newton Abbot for their generous sponsorship of seating for our concerts.