Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Lucerne Festival. Chamber music 2.

Chamber music concert nr 2.

Soloists from Lucerne Festival Orchestra.

Kolja Blacher violin

Wolfram Christ viola

Alois Posch contrabase

Jens Peter Maintz and Rafael RosenfeldViolincello

Vassily Lobanov Piano and celesta
Raymond Curfs, Dirk Wucherpfennig and Mark Haeldermans percussion

Schubert Five german trios and coda for string quartett.

Schönberg Transfigured night

Schostakowitsch sypmhony nr 15 for strings klavier, celesta, piano, drums, xylophone and timpani.

Classicalify can only think of one reason why these amazing soloists can create such a magical evening of chamber music and even a symphony in chamber version. They are all friends. And they play with Claudio Abbado. Schubert composed his work of five german trios at the age of sixteen. A wonderful set of trios performed like a dance by the soloists. They listen to each other and with just a quick glance they know exactly what to do. Schostakowitsch is very different from Schubert. In this very complex piece he uses themes from Wagner and Rossini. After the introduction the cellist suddenly starts to play a few notes of Rossinis Wilhelm Tell. As a joke or to make the audience laugh?. He made me smile and a few laughs from the audience of course.

The composer wrote the symphony with his left hand as he suddenly had become paralyzed.

It can be viewed as an absurd comment to his life in his final days. Schönbergs transfigured night ended the magical evening with the audience clapping for an encore but alas sadly not.

This was certainly chamber music at the highest level. A full moon outside the KKL is the perfect setting as Schönberg himself wrote the piece with moonlight in mind.

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