Massenet, Faure and Viotti have something in common. They have the same birthday.
May 12, 1755. Giovanni Battista Viotti, Italian violinist and composer, is born in Fontanetto. He was one year older than Wolfgang Mozart.
May 12, 1842. Jules Massenet, French opera composer, is born in Montaud. And who doesn’t drool over his immensely popular Meditation de Thaïs.
May 12, 1845. Gabriel Fauré, French composer, organist, and teacher, is born in Pamiers. He studied with Saint-Saëns.
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(Note: This is a review from Melbourne’s The Age Newspaper)
ARTS & CULTURE – MUSIC
Clive O’Connell, Reviewer
SELBY & FRIENDS
Melba Hall, May 16, 2007
BEFORE the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition begins in July, it might be a salutary if chastening experience for many of the entrants to hear the Janaki String Trio in action, just to realise what can be achieved by dedicated, expert young musicians in a short time-span. Yes, I know that the upcoming competition involves string quartets and piano trios only, but the experience of watching music of this genre take splendid shape in real time is what the Janaki Trio provides in full measure.
The group has been brought to Melbourne from the US to participate in the recital series run by Sydney pianist Kathryn Selby, who is managing to attract sizeable audiences to these events, capitalising on excellent foundation work and a loyal audience built up in her years as pianist with the Macquarie Trio. Not to play down that fine ensemble, but this year Selby has contributed to a splendid reading of the Ravel Trio with her new friend-collaborators, violinist Niki Vasilakis and cellist Emma-Jane Murphy. Continue reading