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Our Portrait Artist plays Weinberg

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Theater der Stadt SchweinfurtSchweinfurt, Bayern, Deutschland
Am Sonntag 26 April 2020 um 19:30

In this concert, our spotlight is on exciting music from neighbouring Poland. First we will recall the composer Wojciech Kilar, who at the time of his death in 2013 was best known for his film scores. However, he composed equally hypnotic works for the concert hall, including the atmospheric “Orawa”. This piece is a musical painting of the Orawa region in the Carpathian Mountains, conjuring up mountains with grazing herds of sheep and happily dancing country folk. Another (re)discovery in our programme is a highly emotional work by Mieczysław Weinberg, whose 100th birthday was marked in 2019. Born in Poland, Weinberg escaped the Nazis’ persecution of the Jews and found an artistic friend and mentor in Shostakovich. His cello concerto was written in 1948 for Mstislav Rostropovich and captivates through a lyricism that is both exciting and reflective. Our featured artist Sol Gabetta, who is always on a quest for new, unfamiliar repertory, will explore the virtuoso beauty of this wonderful work. We will bring the concert to a close with Mussorgsky’s famous musical picture gallery. Its composition was inspired by an exhibition held in memory of Mussorgsky’s friend, the painter Viktor Hartmann. The composer’s mind immediately began to bubble with ideas – all he had to do was write them down. The music promenades from one splendid painting to another: there are absurd images such as the unhatched chicks dancing in their eggshells, scenes of gossiping market women and the demonic witch Baba Yaga – and spine-tingling pieces such as the musical evocation of the catacombs and the terrific ringing of bells as a procession moves through the city gates of Kiev.

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