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Mogens Dahl Chamberchoir
Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir Tanja Zapolski, piano Rikke Sandberg, piano Mogens Dahl, conductor Maria Demérus, soloist David Wijkman, soloist Palm Sunday, 5 April 2020 at 20:00 Holmen's Church, Copenhagen Admission: DKK 275 / students 175 (fees
Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir
Tanja Zapolski, piano
Rikke Sandberg, piano
Mogens Dahl, conductor
Maria Demérus, soloist
David Wijkman, soloist
Palm Sunday, 5 April 2020 at 20:00
Holmen’s Church, Copenhagen
Admission: DKK 275 / students 175 (fees included)
Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897):
Ein Deutsches Requiem, opus 45.
Arranged for soloists, choir and two performers on one piano by Phillip Moll
As you know, there are three big B’s in the world of composing. Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. Of course, every season, these three masters are given significant prominence in our concert programme.
The last B has even been given its very own fixed performance: Brahms’ requiem in Phillip Moll’s edition has become a stable part of Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir’s spring programme.
It is not without reason that this magnificent work has always had a large fan base. It is melodic, warm and elegant; composed by Brahms at the peak of his abilities.
In 2017, Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir was granted permission by Rundfunkchor Berlin to use their new arrangement, written for choir and two performers on one piano. It has also previously been performed in this set-up – including by Brahms himself – but, especially in recent years, there has been a growing interest in exploring the requiem in a sleek, chamber music version where Brahms’ fantastic work on the voices of the choir is given its proper place of prominence.
Ein Deutsches Requiem consists of seven movements, all of which revolve around conveying a comfort to the survivors. Perhaps Brahms composed the work as a way of coping with the grief associated with the deaths of people close to him: His mother died in 1865, when he began the work, and his friend, Robert Schumann, had died a few years before that.
By the same token, Schumann had planned exactly what Brahms now undertook, namely a requiem in the German language. ‘German’ in the title of the work In fact refers to the language and not the German people. Brahms himself has said that he would gladly have called his requiem for ‘Ein menschliches Requiem’ if this had made his intention any clearer.
Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem is performed by Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir, two Danish pianists, Rikke Sandberg and Tanja Zapolski, and two Swedish soloists, soprano Mette Demérus and baritone David Wijkman.
Julian Rachlin, violin - Magda Amara, piano Sunday 19 April 2020 at 20:00 Admission: DKK 395 / students DKK 295 (fees included) PROGRAMME Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897) Violinsonate No 1 in G major, opus
Julian Rachlin, violin – Magda Amara, piano
Sunday 19 April 2020 at 20:00
Admission: DKK 395 / students DKK 295 (fees included)
Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)
Violinsonate No 1 in G major, opus 78
Vivace ma non troppo
Adagio – Più andante – Adagio
Allegro molto moderato
Bratschsonate in F minor, opus 120 No 1
Andante un poco adagio
Antonín Dvorák (1841 – 1904):
Vier romantische Stücke, opus 75
César Franck (1822 – 1890):
Violinsonate in A major
Allegretto ben moderato
Ben moderato: Recitativo-Fantasia
Allegretto poco mosso
Julian Rachlin’s extremely exciting career has brought him together with the world’s leading conductors and orchestras. He was born in Lithuania and immigrated to Austria in 1978 where he studied with Pinchas Zukerman, amongst others, who has previously visited the Mogens Dahl Concert Hall. Here, he performed as the youngest soloist of the Vienna Philharmonic. Today, he is active on several fronts. On the chamber music scene, he performs with partners such as Martha Argerich, Itamar Golan and Mischa Maisky. In addition, he regularly conducts the most famous symphony orchestras of the world.
Magda Amara is one of the most sought-after chamber musicians in Europe. She has worked with several members of the Vienna Philharmonic as well as musicians such as Andreas Ottensamer, Matthias Bartolomey, Michael Barenboim and Michaela Girardi. She has also regularly performed with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the National Philharmonic in Kiev and the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, amongst others.
Brahms’ songs ‘Regenlied’ and ‘Nachklang’ left their impressions in the violin sonata in G major. Often, the sonata is called the ‘Rain Sonata’ for the same reason. Not only does the common melody from the two songs clearly stand out as the main theme of the third movement but consistently punctuated rhythms from Regenlied drip throughout sonata.
The wonderful sonata in f minor is composed for the clarinet and has since been arranged for viola by Brahms himself. Despite a fast and lively final movement, one is left with warm melancholy as the main impression.
The story behind Dvorak’s opus 75 begins with an attempt to write a trio for two violins and a viola – music that a live-in student and amateur musician could play along to. Over and over, this music evolved into these four romantic pieces that exude Brahms’ enthusiasm for writing music of the intimate chamber music genre.
With a calm first movement, César Franck lets the listener believe that everything Is peace and idyll. The explosive second movement and the introverted recitativo-fantasia bring completely different emotions into play and finally build up to a beautiful and quite serene final movement.
Alex Redington and Ying Xue, violin - Hélène Clément, Viola - John Myerscough, cello Monday 4 May 2020 at 20:00 Admission: DKK 395 / students DKK 295 (fees included) Programme Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809): String
Alex Redington and Ying Xue, violin – Hélène Clément, Viola – John Myerscough, cello
Monday 4 May 2020 at 20:00
Admission: DKK 395 / students DKK 295 (fees included)
Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809):
String quartet No 32 in C major,
Opus 33/3 Hob.III:39. ’The Bird’
Scherzo & trio
Adagio ma non troppo
Finale: Rondo. Presto
W. A. Mozart (1756 – 1791):
String quartet No 22 in B flat major,
KV 589, Prussian No 2
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827):
String quartet No 13 in B flat major, opus 130
Adagio, ma non troppo – Allegro
Andante con moto, ma non troppo. Poco scherzoso
Alla danza tedesca. Allegro assai
Cavatina. Adagio molto espressivo
Große Fuge (opus 133)
With several spectacular awards and releases on the resume, the Doric Quartet has established itself as one of the most significant quartets of its generation. They are now performing in leading concert halls, including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Konzerthaus, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Louvre, Carnegie Hall and Kioi Hall Tokyo. In addition, they regularly perform at the Wigmore Hall.
The quartet was founded in 1998 and has recorded for Chandos Records since 2010. In 2019, they recorded Britten’s collected string quartets and received excellent reviews. Their Haydn recordings have also won great applause – including election of ‘Editor’s Choice’ in Gramophone and ‘Choc du Mois’ in Classica Magazine.
It is as if Haydn’s quartet, nicknamed ‘The Bird’, needs to take a preliminary run-up. Repeated tones and a marked cello bass line quickly establish that we are in C major. But, like a swift bird in the forest, the whole shebang suddenly moves to d minor before sweeping back. Small flicks in the first violin emphasize the ease and playfulness. But notice how the bird-like elements in the middle of the movement evolve into something that certainly doesn’t sound merely bright and happy.
In the final rondo of the finale, there Is plenty of folkloristic fieriness and clog dancing. The quartet ends high up in the blue sky in an ending that is more like a disappearance act than a solid full stop.
Mozart did NOT dedicate his three Prussian quartets to Friedrich Wilhelm II, who himself was an avid amateur cellist. In his notes, Mozart did write that they had been ordered by the king, but there are indications that no payment was ever made for the quartets. In any event, they were published after Mozart’s death without dedication. Paid for by the king in Berlin, or not: Rarely has a cello had such princely a voice in a string quartet.
Beethoven’s string quartet No 13 is performed here in the context of ‘Große Fuge’ (originally written as the 6th and last movement of string quartet No 13, but later published separately). It is great music, In every way, which Beethoven himself reverently referred to as his “dear” quartet. The beautiful melody of the cavatina could bring tears to eyes of Beethoven himself, despite the fact that the composer was completely deaf! Contemporaries regarded the concluding Große Fuge as “Babylonian confusion” and “As incomprehensible as Chinese” but, today, it is widely regarded as Beethoven’s biggest achievement
Richard Goode, piano Monday May 25th 2020, 20:00 Admission: DKK 395 / Students DKK 295 (fees included) PROGRAMME Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827): Piano sonata No 30, E major, opus
Richard Goode, piano
Monday May 25th 2020, 20:00
Admission: DKK 395 / Students DKK 295 (fees included)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827):
Piano sonata No 30, E major, opus 109
Piano sonata No 31, As major, opus 110
Bagatelles No 6 – 11. opus 119,
Piano sonata No 32, C minor, opus 111
Richard Goode is internationally recognized as one of the present’s leading interpreters of Beethoven’s piano pieces. He performs on a regular basis in Europe and the US and is a recurring soloist performing with some of the world’s finest orchestras.
The New York-residing pianist has recorded numerous of appraised albums including solo- and chamber music, to lieder and piano recitals. His recording of Beethoven’s piano recitals with The Budapest Festival Orchestra was in 2009 referred to as “a landmark recording” by Financial Times and even nominated for a Grammy. A box set of 10 CD’s containing The Complete Beethoven Piano Concertos was also nominated for a Grammy and selected for the “Gramophone Good CD Guide’.
There are numerous awards and appraisals for Goode’s virtuous interpretations of Beethoven – but he is also an acknowledged educator and mentor for the next generation of classical pianists. He teaches on a regular basis in New York and London and occasionally offers masterclasses at festivals and in concert halls in the US and Europe.
If Das wohltemperierte Klavier by Bach is “The Old Testament” of piano music, Beethoven’s piano sonatas is “The New”. Richard Goode has the last three of these masterpieces programmed for this concert – three sonatas which range widely in their expression, but also gathers around the late Beethoven’s most profound and original characteristics. There is an almost unheard level of pianistic skill, just as we experience an interest in the older musical forms as the fugue paired with innovative harmonic thinking.
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