The Britten-Menuhin Concerts of 1957

Daniel Hope united Thomas Adès, Pieter Wispelwey and Mark Padmore in a tribute to the vision of two legendary musicians.

In 1957, Benjamin Britten and Yehudi Menuhin created the Gstaad Festival in Switzerland. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of what is today known as The Menuhin Festival, Daniel Hope reconstructed two chamber music programmes created by Benjamin Britten and Yehudi Menuhin.

These programmes have been performed at the very first concerts in Gstaad, by none other than Benjamin Britten (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin), Peter Pears (Tenor) and Maurice Gendron (Violoncello).

Hope selected three of today’s finest and most original musicians, as a hommage to these unique concerts.

Composer / Pianist: Thomas Adès
Cellist: Pieter Wispelwey
Tenor: Mark Padmore

The repertoire ranged from solo Bach to Schubert Lieder, from a Mozart Trio to Britten Songs and Telemann Cantatas, and included a performance of Schubert’s Fantasy Op. 159 for Violin and Piano, played by Adès and Hope.

The Britten-Menuhin Concerts of 1957


Daniel Hope, Thomas Adès, Pieter Wispelwey, Mark Padmore

Daniel Hope united Thomas Adès, Pieter Wispelwey and Mark Padmore in a tribute to the vision of two legendary musicians.

In 1957, Benjamin Britten and Yehudi Menuhin created the Gstaad Festival in Switzerland. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of what is today known as The Menuhin Festival, Daniel Hope reconstructed two chamber music programmes created by Benjamin Britten and Yehudi Menuhin.

These programmes have been performed at the very first concerts in Gstaad, by none other than Benjamin Britten (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin), Peter Pears (Tenor) and Maurice Gendron (Violoncello).

Hope selected three of today’s finest and most original musicians, as a hommage to these unique concerts.

Composer / Pianist: Thomas Adès
Cellist: Pieter Wispelwey
Tenor: Mark Padmore

The repertoire ranged from solo Bach to Schubert Lieder, from a Mozart Trio to Britten Songs and Telemann Cantatas, and included a performance of Schubert’s Fantasy Op. 159 for Violin and Piano, played by Adès and Hope.