Sixth International Festival of Symphonic Music in Algeria. By Sihem Bounabi
In intense harmony, the first musicians to seduce the public are the members of the Swiss duo, (Katia Michel, piano and Peter Schmidt, cello). From the firsts notes, the tempo in Gabriel Fauré’s “Romance” was set, so that it was like an exalted ballad.
The quietly powerful notes of the piano, blending with the deep tones of the violoncello, took the public into a musical universe where romance is an ode to voluptuousness and to contemplation. The duo then continued in this same universe with a masterful interpretation of the “Six Songs” of Johannes Brahms, for which they received much applause. (…)