• 8 th of September / 19.00


    The Crescendo programme begins with the childhood theme illustrated by the thirteen miniature masterpieces that form Robert Schumann’s Kinderszenen(“Scenes from Childhood”) for solo piano. Works by the young Johannes Brahms and likewise youthful Sergei Rachmaninov will take us through the stringed fusion on duet and trio territory towards a fresh, newly commissioned quartet composed by our resident artist Pierre Audiger, in its premiere. The programme culminates with a resounding performance of Cesar Franck’s passionate and uncompromisingly mature Piano Quintet in F minor.

    Robert Schumann – Kinderszenen op.15
    Von fremden Ländern und Menschen (Of Foreign Lands and Peoples)
    Curiose Geschichte (A Curious Story)
    Hasche-Mann (Blind Man’s Buff)
    Bittendes Kind (Pleading Child)
    Glückes genug (Quite Happy)
    Wichtige Bebebenheit (An Important Event)
    Träumerei (Dreaming)
    Am Camin (At the Fireside)
    Ritter vom Steckenpferd (Knight of the Hobby-Horse)
    Fast zu ernst (Almost too Serious)
    Fürchtenmachen (Frightening)
    Kind im Einschlummern (Child Falling Asleep)
    Der Dichter spricht (The Poet Speaks)
    Artist: Graeme McNaught

    Johannes Brahms – Scherzo in C minor opus posthume
    Artists: Graeme McNaught & Kristine Balanas

    Sergey Rachmaninoff – Trio élégiaque no.1 in G minor
    One Movement (più vivo – con anima – appassionato – tempo rubato – risoluto)
    Artists: McNaught, Kristine Balanas & Alberto Cassadei

    Comissioned Piece for Premiere in the Festival
    Artists: Pietro Bonfilio, Bogdan Ciobanu, Pierre Audiger, Alberto Cassadei

    Cesar Franck– Piano quintet in F minor opus 14

    Moltomoderato quasi lento – Allegro
    Lentocon molto sentimento
    Allegronon troppo ma con fuoco

    Artists: Graeme McNaught, Kristine Balaans, Michelle Dierx, Catalina Toma, Alberto Cassadei


Graeme McNaught studied in Glasgow, Munich and Salzburg before completing his studies with the renowned Italian pianist and teacher Maria Curcio in London. His busy and particularly varied concert career was established when, in 1986, he was the unanimous winner of the first ever Scottish Piano Competition, in Glasgow. There followed numerous solo recitals as well as concerto engagements with all of the country’s orchestras, including the “Royal Scottish National Orchestra” , a well esteemed ensemble that are frequently touring world-wide with top artists.

A keen interest in the work of living composers and his association with the award-winning Chamber Group of Scotland resulted in performances and broadcasts of new music and many collaborative projects at home and abroad. He has partnered distinguished musicians in Lieder and chamber music including Willard White, Lynn Harrell and Ruggiero Ricci, with whom he recorded works from Sarasate to Beethoven. He has been a regular guest with such groups as the Hebrides Ensemble, the ever eclectic Mr McFall’s Chamber and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in its various guises.

Commercial recordings range from MacMillan with the SCO for the BIS label to sonatas by Rachmaninov and Shostakovich, with cellist Robert Irvine, for Delphian. Graeme’s teaching career is no less diverse. He has taught in Germany, Switzerland and South Korea and since 1990 as Lecturer in Keyboard Studies at the RSAMD, now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.