Made possible by Francesco Walter and Festival Musikdorf Ernen (www.musikdorf.ch)
With Charl du Plessis (piano), Werner Spies (bass) and Hugo Radyn (drums)
This recital was recorded in 2017 at the Festival Musikdorf in Ernen, in the spectacular St. Georg Church. It can now be seen in South Africa for the first time, as part of the Klein Karoo Klassique Concert Series.
The programme consists of J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins, as well as a new creation by Du Plessis: a suite that combines music from Bach with jazz favourites. This suite includes Wachet Auf, ruft uns die Stimme, two parts from Anna Magdalena Notenbüchlein, Take the A Train and Chick Corea’s well-known Spain.
The Charl du Plessis Trio is one of the most successful crossover ensembles in South Africa and has already won two SAMA Awards. They have been guest artists at the international music festival in Ernen, Switzerland for several years. This festival has existed for 47 years and invites artists from Europe and America to perform in the Alps. The Charl du Plessis Trio’s interpretation and arrangements of Baroque music were particularly popular at this festival.
The Swiss press describes this recital as follows: “Famous themes from the Baroque observed through a jazz lens – he did this with perfection. Du Plessis proves himself in his rhythmically charged performance as a virtuoso pianist of big style” – Walliser Bote