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Konzerte der Chamber Soloists Lucerne in Japan
J.S.Bach: „Praeludium“ of the Suite No. 2 in d minor for violoncello solo
Gabriel Fauré: Après un rêve for violoncello and piano
Four arrangements for pipa, violoncello and piano:
Ludwig van Beethoven/Mozart: „Bei Männern welche Liebe fühlen“ Variations for violoncello and piano
Minoru Miki: Ai-en for pipa
Arrangements for pipa, violoncello and piano:
Colour and variety with a mix of light classical tunes and short new contemporary pieces characterize this program of the Chamber Soloists from Lucerne (Switzerland) . Members of the Chamber Soloists, one of the outstanding chamber music ensembles in Switzerland, are playing in this concert in a new and rare formation: a trio combining the conventional European instruments of violoncello and piano with the Chinese pipa. It was necessary to make arrangements of the classical pieces as there is no original literature for this combination of instruments, which blend wonderfully both in the new pieces and in the classical pieces such as Brahms’ Hungarian Dance or Kreisler’s Viennese March. The colour of the pipa is similar to the Hungarian cymbalom and the Swiss dulcimer, but at the same time gives the pieces an exciting, new quality.
Interspersed between the lighter classical arrangements are newer compositions of two leading composers of their countries: Minoru Miki from Japan and Thüring Bräm from Switzerland.
The first piece from the cello suite No. 2 by Bach gives the concert a calm, quiet and melodious beginning. In the second half, we hear one of the most brilliant and witty pieces of the European repertoire, a 200 year old arrangement by Beethoven of the melody of a famous tune by Mozart („When men fall in love...“).
The solo piece for pipa by Minoru Miki provides a contrast of style and colour. And finally, following two pieces by Bach in an arrangement made for this new trio, the concert will end with a variety of folk tunes and popular melodies from all over Europe (French, Irish, Austrian, Spanish, Russian).
A fascinating new way of having a musical meeting of European traditions with Asia.