5th chamber concert

5th chamber concert

Jewish, Armenian and Bohemian folk music accompany us through all the emotions of human existence in the 5th chamber concert. In it we experience the memory and processing of suffering and strokes of fate, as well as an untiring courage to face life and joy. Sergei Prokofiev's OVERTURES ON HEBREW THEMES in C minor for clarinet, string quartet and piano op. 34 came about through a special twist of fate. When Prokofiev was in exile in the USA, he met the Jewish ensemble ZIMRO, with whose members he had studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. They had fled from attacks against Jewish people, which had been on the agenda in Russia since the Bolsheviks came to power, and went on a concert tour in the USA to raise money for the founding of a conservatory in Jerusalem. Prokofiev composed his OVERTURES ON HEBREW THEMES for them, based on a booklet of Jewish melodies that he received from ZIMRO. The piece was an immediate success and its typical klezmer sound in the clarinet still preserves the musical memory of the Jewish victims of 1919. Alexander Arutjunjan's Suite for clarinet, violin and piano is a much too rarely performed work of chamber music. The musical material comes from the traditional music of Armenia. It begins with emotional solos by the violin and clarinet, which give the impression of carrying all the melancholy of Armenia's history within them, but then builds up to a fast-paced last movement that radiates Armenian joie de vivre in its rapid urgency. Antonín Dvořák's Piano Quintet in A major op. 81 also uses melodies from traditional music. The Bohemian folk music from Dvořák's homeland can already be heard in the first movement. The second movement is entitled "Dumka", a term from Slavic music that directly translates as "thought". The third movement brings us a whirling Bohemian dance, which calms down in a fugue in the fourth and final movement. Rémi Alarçon, Hwaeun Hani Choi (violin), Jihye Lee (viola), Ognjen Milosavljevic (violoncello), Julien Laffaire (clarinet), Natacha Gaudet (piano)

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