Storm and passion
The artistic encounter between David Grimal and Andreas Staier first took place here in 2017 with a concert of sonatas for violin and piano. This time the meeting will find Les Dissonances in classical formation for a programme devoted to Joseph Haydn. Two symphonies will illustrate the finesse, humour and eloquence of this quintessential master. The chiaroscuro, the strange and unexpected effects and the dark tonality of the first plunges us into the very heart of Sturm und Drang, pre-romantic musical movement that the composer practiced with brio in his youth. The second, one of Haydn’s last, mixes with natural grace the visionary experimentation and the sovereign and malicious art of a composer at the height of his creative powers. His 11th and final concerto for keyboard, where each measure strikes as much straight to the heart as to the mind, is a work whose perfection has nothing to envy from those, more famous, by Mozart.