REVIEW- On Sunday 25th June, the young cellist Edgar Moreau and pianist David Kadouch performed at the Légion D’honneur. The hall is located in the gorgeous grounds of the Saint Denis Basilica where French royalty are buried. The event was part of the Saint Denis Festival which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
David and Edgar are well-known musicians. David entered the Paris Conservatoire at 14 years as a student of the French pianist Jacques Rouvier. He went on to win the Beethoven Boon Competition in 2005, was a finalist at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2009 and continues to perform at many international festivals and concerts. Edgar started the cello at the age of 4. He was a soloist with the Teatro Regio Turin Orchestra in 2006, took second prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 2011 and recorded his first album Play in 2014.
What made this a brilliant performance was how beautifully the two play together. Edgar and David are good friends, they have performed many times before and have a deep understanding of how the other plays. They chose an eclectic program for the Festival, including a set of pieces inspired by Jewish folklore. Bloch’s Nigun means ‘improvisation’ in Hebrew. Although this work is relatively unknown, it is breathtaking. Edgar brought out the lyrical melody on the cello while David accompanied sensitively on the piano. Mendelssohn’s Sonata No 2 for Piano and Cello was an interesting contrast and kept the audience’s attention on a hot Sunday afternoon. The musicians raced up and down scalic motifs at lightening pace, but always perfectly in synchronicity. The final piece, Burch’s Kol Nidrei is reminiscent of a Jewish evening prayer. The cello imitates the voice of the cantor who chants the liturgy in the synagogue.
Edgar and David are great to watch live, as they are passionate about the music they play and brought an eclectic program to the festival. With more dates planned for the next season, they are talents to watch out for in the future.