Each day from tomorrow until next Saturday brings at least one concert, all of them stuffed with treats. Take the first night, which peaks with the tumultuously romantic Concerto for violin, piano and string quartet that Chausson dedicated to Ysae - here the series' artistic director Philippe Graffin plays the lead violin part, joined by the Chilingirian Quartet. If that isn't enough, pianists Jeremy Menuhin and Pascal Devoyon perform the outrageously funny send-ups of Wagner that Faur and Messager wrote together after going to Bayreuth, and there's a Faur piano quintet as well as a short piece by Ysae.
So it continues. Franck's followers - d'Indy, Lekeu, Castillon as well as Chausson - have a generous airing. Later on Debussy and Grieg feature, and the finale is the breezy septet by Saint-Sans in which strings swoon as a trumpet performs acrobatics. Violin fanciers should note that Joshua Bell is guest soloist on Thursday and Friday.
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