Classical Music – Lisztomania Project

Master Class – 2, 3, 4 April – 10am to 1pm
@ Goethe Institute
Concert – 5th April (Entrance fee:   Rs 1000./-) Tickets sold at:
Goethe Institute,
Gregory’s Road,
Colombo 7

Bernard Wacheux
Violinist and Conductor


Gabriel Fauré – Robert Schumann

As the second step of the Lisztomania project, we are receiving in collaboration with Goethe Institute and the Chamber Music Society of Colombo, French musician Bernard Wacheux.

classical-liszt2-lisztomaniaLisztomanias International is a Society founded in 2012 in Paris with the aim to promote Liszt’s spirit which is imagination, generosity, humanism, romanticism, adventure, European ideal – indeed a man of high ideal and faith – and to share with a large public the beauty of the musical heritage of Liszt as a pianist, a composer, and an European artist of his time. One project is also to set up the only opera he wrote in his youth Don Sanche of the Castle of Love. This project is to re-create the unique Liszt opera performed in Paris Royal Opera in the year 1825 (Liszt was only 14 years old). The aim is to put up a performance with young musicians and singers, for a very large public, in Hungary and France, and later in India, China, Russia, Japan and eventually in Sri Lanka. Last but not east, Lisztomanias International Association plans to launch a new international festival: The Euro-Asia Romantic Music International Festival aimed at young artists, which will take place in Asia every year, each time in a different country.
classical-liszt2-Bernard Wacheux 2Bernard Wacheux leads a triple career as violinist, conductor and teacher. He studied at the National Superior Conservatory of Paris and at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels. He started his career in Germany where he formed a duo with pianist Hiroshi Kajiwara and performed as a soloist with the orchestras of Frankfurt and Koblenz. Back in France, he conducted the orchestra “County of Flandres”. Later, he was appointed professor of violin at the National Conservatory of Lille and conducted its Chamber Orchestra. For 10 years Bernard Wacheux led the Orchestra “The French Soloists” and became artistic director and conductor for the Foundation “Mozart Opera”. Currently, he is the music director of the Madras Chamber Orchestra.

During his stay in Colombo, from 2nd to 4th April, he will hold a Master Class for violinists.

classical-liszt2-Bernard Wacheux 3The Classical Music Concert is scheduled on the Friday 5th of April at the Goethe Institute, Colombo 7.

On the program: 

Piano Quintet No. 2 in C minor, Op. 115
by Gabriel Fauré

Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44
by Robert Schumann



Bernard Wacheux (violin) will be accompanied by the Chamber Music Society of Colombo with Lakshman Joseph De Saram (violin), Peter O’Reilly (cello), Avanti Perera (alto) and Ashan Peiris (piano).


classical-liszt2-Gabriel FauréGabriel Fauré (1845 –1924) was a celebrated French composer, organist, pianist and teacher. His musical style influenced many 20th -century composers. Among his best-known works are his “Pavane, Requiem”, “Nocturnes” for piano and the songs “Après un rêve” and “Clair de Lune”. Although his best-known and most accessible compositions are generally his earlier ones, Fauré composed many of his most highly regarded works in his later years, in a harmonically and melodically much more complex style. His music has been described as linking the end of Romanticism with the modernism of the second quarter of the 20th-century. In 1920, at the age of 75, Fauré retired from the Conservatoire because of his increasing deafness and frailty.

Piano Quintet No. 2 in C minor, Op. 115 belongs to Post-Romantic period and was composed in 1919-1921. The critically acclaimed premiere was performed on 21st May, 1921. “As the last chord sounded,” Fauré‘s son, Philippe recalled, “the audience were on their feet. There were shouts, and hands pointing to the box in which Fauré was sitting (he had heard nothing of the whole occasion). He came to the front row all-alone, nodding his head and looking so frail, thin and unsteady. He was very pale.”


classical-liszt2-Robert SchumannRobert Schumann (1810 – 1856) was a German composer and influential music critic. He is widely regarded as one of the best representative of the Romantic era. He wrote exclusively for the piano until 1840; only later he composed for orchestra, many Lieder (songs for voice and piano), four symphonies, an opera and other orchestral, choral, and chamber works. Works such as “Kinderszenen”, “Album für die Jugend”, “Blumenstück”, “Sonatas” and “Albumblätter” are among his most famous.

Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44 was composed in 1842 and received its first public performance the following year. Noted for its “extroverted, exuberant” character, it is considered a major work of 19th-century Chamber Music by revolutionizing instrumentation and musical character of the piano quintet.


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