Pedro Faria Gomes – ‘Chamber Works’

04/02/2020, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sarah Thurlow (clarinet) Carla Santos (violin) Nancy Johnson (viola) Saul Picado (piano)

Pedro Faria Gomes:






Much of the music of Portuguese composer Pedro Faria Gomes, lecturer in composition at Cardiff University School of Music, inhabits seeming contradictions and paradoxes: a longing to return that accepts the inevitability of change; abstract processes that conjure vivid and concrete images; a profound stillness marked often by fleet and rapid surface motion; and a nostalgia that resists sentimentality.  It embodies oppositions such as tonal/atonal, art/vernacular without the need to dramatize them.  At the same time its calm self-assurance owes much to its constant willingness to pause, stand still and rethink.

The chamber works featured this evening, from the decade 2009–18, include the substantial four-movement Sonata for violin and piano and explore such themes as memory, cyclicity, returning, waiting, and the quiet spaces and distorted perspectives of night.  In different ways the pieces highlight the need for an attention to otherness, and an avoidance of simplistic judgements regarding identity and difference.

Faria’s music has received grants and awards internationally, including the Lopes-Graça Prize in Portugal and the PRS Sir Arthur Bliss Memorial Award in Composition in the UK.  Tonight’s concert celebrates the launch on the Naxos label of a CD recording by the same performers, which includes all the works on the programme.


£10, £8, students and under 18s free entry

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Cardiff University Concert Hall
Corbett Road
CF10 3EB

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