It was quite a surprise to learn that Jérôme Ducros was not the original pianist to have performed in the Istanbul Music Festival’s “Festival Encounters II” program.
He, Kirill Troussov (violin) and his long-time associate Gautier Capuçon (cello) seemed to be biorhythm triplets, emanating a power from the stage that was simply electric.
The program they chose to play was no small part of the excitement. First up was Brahms “Sonata for Cello & Piano No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38”, during which the piano carries the melody and dynamism as much as the cello for a good part of the work. The sound filled the Albert Long Hall of Boğaziçi University as the two musicians passed the melody back, forth and between.
When Troussov arrived on stage for Shostakovich’s “Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67” the already high energy emanating from the stage ratcheted up several notches. Especially in the Allegro second movement the music seemed to not just sound but more burst from the stage. Here too, the powerful energy of three musicians clearly in peak form was the hallmark of the performance.
After an intermission, the trio played Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s “Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66”, and following much applause an encore of similar “allegro energico” dynamics.
We can hope that in future years the Istanbul Music Festival will post video snippets of such outstanding performances on Youtube.
For now, here are samples of these three high energy performers in other works—
Kirill Troussov plays Tchaikovsky`s "Valse-Scherzo"
Here Jérôme Ducros and Gautier Capuçon perform Paganini Variations.
This was one of the final performances at the month-long Istanbul Music Festival, which has now concluded. For information on next year's festival plans, keep your eye on the Istanbul Music Festival website.
Photos: Onur Doğman, unless otherwise indicated