Zehetmair and his quartet had already played a concert, but such is the nature of festivals that he returned for a recital with festival director Pierre-Laurent Aimard and a mix of old and modern music. But before that came a piece by Pierre Boulez for solo piano, providing a nice link to the performance that was to follow later in the day.
I don't think I'd ever heard anything by Boulez in concert before and was pleasantly surprised by his Douze Notations pour piano. They were a wonderful mix, varyingly playful, intellectual and angry. Flavours of Messiaen could be detected here and there too. Aimard played superbly and the piece culminated in a wonderful chord, held for almost an eternity on the sustain peddle.
Boulez was followed by Schoenberg and his Phantasy for violin and piano, op.47. This proved a much more introvert piece and the piano part significantly blander, save for a rather nice section at the top end of the keyboard. Zehetmair displayed all the technical skill that he had shown on Wednesday yet proved a little clinical.
The Schumann that followed, Sonata no.1 in A minor, was rather more successful. I'm often not bowled over by Schumann, but when played with plenty of oomph, as Aimard and Zehetmair did, it can be most exhilarating.