ORIENTAL JOURNEY

FR 21 OCT 2022

7:45 pm – 9:45 pm
Salle de musique / avenue Léopold-Robert 27, La Chaux-de-Fonds

Concerto de’ Cavalieri

Marcello Di Lisa conductor and harpsichord

Fatma Said soprano

Concerto de’ Cavalieri
Marcello Di Lisa, direction
Fatma Said, soprano

VIOLINS
Paolo Perrone
Antonio De Secondi
Gabriele Pro
Katarzyna Solecka
Gabriele Politi
Giancarlo Ceccacci

VIOLA
Ettore Belli

CELLO
Luca Peverin

BASSOON
Maria De Martini

COUNTERBASS
Luca Cola

HARPSICHORD
Marco Silvi

ORIENTAL JOURNEY

Oriental Journey was conceived as an artistic and musical journey lived by the Egyptian soprano Fatma Said, exploring and revealing the great figures of Hellenistic Egypt: Cleopatra, of course, before any other – whose name alone evokes a glorious millennial tradition – but also Berenice, Dido and Ptolemy and, more generally, significant characters linked to the Middle Eastern cultures of different periods, such as Armida and Pharnace.

The result is a kaleidoscope of oriental values and feelings seen through the sensibilities of relevant early 18th century European composers, and expressed in some of the most passionate and famous opera arias of the Baroque age, such as Cleopatra’s moving melody “Piangerò la sorte mia” from Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Dido’s immortal lament “When I am laid” from Henry Purcell, or the tumultuous arias “Da quel ferro” and “Tra le procelle assorto” from Vivaldi’s Farnace and Graun’s Cleopatra and Cesare.

As a suggestive counterpoint, the program is enriched with two musical gems from the modern and contemporary Arab-Mediterranean repertoire that Fatma Said interprets with so much charm and for which she is certainly the ideal interpreter: “Ayadoum lana bostan al zahri” (Will the river flow forever?), a song by Egyptian composer Sherif Mohie El Din, and “Aatini al naya wa ghanni” (Give me the flute and sing), an Arabic song by Najib Hankash, based on a poem by Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran.

Finally, these vocal pieces are all coherently interspersed with Baroque sinfonias from operas with Egyptian or Oriental themes (Tolomeo re d’Egitto, Giulio Cesare, Berenice regina d’Egitto, La Verità in cimento and Armida al campo d’Egitto), which superbly illustrate the essence of the Baroque opera overture, expressing at the same time its main characteristics: magnificent introductions, virtuosity of counterpoint and tempestuous energy.

Antonio Vivaldi
Sinfonia from “Armida al campo d’Egitto
Allegro – Adagio – Allegro

Carl Heinrich Graun
Tra le procelle, Cleopatra’s aria from “Cleopatra e Cesare

Georg Friedrich Handel
Sinfonia from “Berenice regina d’Egitto
Adagio – Allegro – Andante larghetto – Giga

Sherif Mohie El Din
Ayadoum Lana bostan al Zahri (Will the river flow forever?), Egyptian song

Georg Friedrich Handel
Sinfonia from “Giulio Cesare
Adagio – Allegro

Georg Friedrich Händel
Piangerò, Cleopatra’s aria from Giulio Cesare

Najib Hankash
Aatini
Al Naya Wa Ghanni (Give me the flute and sing), Arabic song
(based on a Lebanese poem by Khalil Gibran)

Antonio Vivaldi
Concerto for strings in D major RV 121
Allegro molto – Grave – Presto

Georg Friedrich Handel
Sinfonia from “Tolomeo re d’Egitto
Adagio – Allegro

Henry Purcell
“When I am laid”, Dido’s lament from “Dido and Aeneas

Antonio Vivaldi
Sinfonia from “La Verità in cimento
Allegro molto – Andante – Presto

Antonio Vivaldi
“Da quel ferro”, Berenice’s aria from “Farnace

ENDOR

FR 28 OCT 2022

7:45 pm – 9:45 pm
Salle de musique / avenue Léopold-Robert 27, La Chaux-de-Fonds

Anna Prohaska soprano

Nicolas Altstaedt cello

Francesco Corti keyboards

Anna Prohaska, soprano
Nicolas Altstaedt, cello
Francesco Corti, keyboards

In addition to their favorite instruments, the three performers play various percussion instruments, lotus flute, as well as their own voices. Lights, makeup and costume in the last work (Sister Death), Endor proves to be a real spectacle.

ENDOR

Soprano Anna Prohaska, cellist Nicolas Altstaedt and harpsichordist Francesco Corti are equally at home with music from the Baroque period and contemporary music.

For Musikfest Berlin, they have put together a program that explores the themes of confused language, loneliness, despair and death. Franz Tunder, principal organist of Lübeck’s main church, the Marienkirche, has perceptively set to music the psalm song “An Wasserflüssen Babylon”, whose text recalls the painful experiences of the people of Israel during the Babylonian exile. In his oratorio “Saul”, Georg Friedrich Händel depicts the dramatic conflict between David and Saul and gives voice to the “witch of Endor”, transmitted by the Bible. Wolfgang Rihm’s latest composition, “Gebet der Hexe von Endor” (Prayer of the Witch of Endor), premiered a few months ago in Berlin, is situated in the same context. The concert also includes two songs by English composer John Tavener to verses by Russian poet Anna Akhmatova, whose late work was strongly influenced by the horrors of the Stalinist era, and expressive instrumental works for cello and harpsichord. The concert ends with another work recently premiered in Berlin: “Sister Death” by Jörg Widmann, a scene from the opera “Babylon”, which explores the limits and confusion of language.

John Tavener (1944 – 2013)
Dante, from Akhmatova Songs (1993)
for soprano and cello

Franz Tunder (1614 – 1667)
An Wasserflüssen Babylon (1645)
for soprano, cello and organ

Vincenzo Bonizzi (died 1630)
“Pis ne me peux venir” (1626)
Passeggiata for cello and harpsichord

Georg Friedrich Händel (1685 – 1759)
Vo’ far guerra, from: Rinaldo, 2nd act HWV 57 (1711)
for soprano, cello and harpsichord

Georg Friedrich Händel (1685 – 1759)
Author of Peace, from Saul, 2nd act HWV 53 (1738)
for soprano, cello and harpsichord

Joseph-Nicolas Scythes-Pancrace Royer (1703 – 1755)
March of the Scythians, from the First Book of Harpsichord Pieces (1746)
for harpsichord

Alexander Cherepnin (1899 – 1977)
Tartar Dance, from Songs and Dances (1953)
for cello and piano

Luciano Berio (1925 – 2003)
Abbagnata, Ninna Nanna, Ladata, de Naturale (1985)
for cello, celesta and tape

Wolfgang Rihm (*1952)
Gebet der Hexe von Endor
from the piece Saul by Botho Strauß
Cantata for soprano and cello
(Composition commissioned by the Berliner Festspiele / Musikfest Berlin)

John Tavener
Smert (Tod), from Akhmatova Songs (1993)
for soprano and cello

Georg Friedrich Händel
Infernal Spirits, from Saul, 3rd act, 2nd scene HWV 53 (1738)
for soprano, cello and organ

Marin Marais (1656 – 1728)
The Whirlwind Suite of A Foreign Taste (1717)
for cello and harpsichord

Georg Friedrich Händel
Credete al Mio Dolore, from Alcina, 3rd act, 1st scene HWV 34 (1735)
for soprano, cello and harpsichord

Heinrich Scheidemann (1596 – 1663)
Pavana Lachrymae in D minor WV 106
for harpsichord

Jörg Widmann (*1973)
Sister Death 15 minutes
underworld scene from Babylon
(adapted for soprano, cello and keyboard instruments)
Text by Peter Sloterdij

LUDWIG VAN B.

SU 4 DEC 2022

5 pm – 7:30 pm
Salle de musique / avenue Léopold-Robert 27, La Chaux-de-Fonds

Nicolas Altstaedt cello

Alexander Lonquich piano

Alexander Lonquich, piano
Nicolas Altstaedt, cello

LUDWIG VAN B.

Complete Sonatas for Cello and Piano by Beethoven

EROS, THANATOS AND THE SUN

TUE 14 FEB 2023

7:45 pm – 9:45 pm
Salle de musique / avenue Léopold-Robert 27, La Chaux-de-Fonds

Ariane Haering

Pascal Auberson

Gaspard Glaus

three pianos, keyboard, sampler and voice

Ariane Haering
Pascal Auberson
Gaspard Glaus

EROS, THANATOS AND THE SUN

Eros, Thanatos and the Sun is a wink to life, love and death.

Development follows…

THE SACRE DU PRINTEMPS

SA MARCH 11, 2023

7:45 pm – 9:45 pm
Salle de musique / avenue Léopold-Robert 27, La Chaux-de-Fonds

Lucas & Arthur Jussen, pianos

THE SACRE DU PRINTEMPS

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sonata for two pianos in D
major KV 448

Franz Schubert
Lebensstürme op. 144, D 947 for piano four hands

Maurice Ravel
The Waltz

Igor Stravinsky
The Rite of Spring, for two pianos

HOMAGE TO AURÈLE NICOLET

VE 12 MAI 2023

7:45 pm – 9:45 pm
Salle de musique / avenue Léopold-Robert 27, La Chaux-de-Fonds

Emmanuel Pahud, flute

Kolja Blacher, violin

Jennifer Stumm, viola

Jens Peter Maintz, cello

Christine Schomsheim, harpsichord

Emmanuel Pahud, flute
Kolja Blacher, violin
Jennifer Stumm, viola
Jens Peter Maintz, cello
Christine Schomsheim, harpsichord

TRIBUTE TO AURÈLE NICOLET

Emmanuel Pahud is inseparable from the friendship in music that unites him with his four colleagues, but also with his former teacher, Aurèle Nicolet, whose endless curiosity is expressed in the concert program, from Bach to Boulez, from Mozart to Widmann.

Johann Sebastian Bach
Trio Sonata from the Musical Offering in C minor for flute, violin and continuo BWV 1079, called Sonata sopr’il soggeto Reale a traversa, violino e continuo

Pierre Boulez
Memoriale for solo flute

Johann Sebastian Bach
English Suite No. 2 in A minor BWV 807

Joseph Haydn
Trio No. 1 for flute, violin and cello in C major Hob. IV : 1, called London Trio

Ludwig Van Beethoven
String Trio No. 3 in G major op. 9 n° 1

Jörg Widmann
Petite Suite for flute (option with cello and gong) (2016)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Quartet for flute and string trio in D major KV 285

GRIGORY SOKOLOV

FR 2 JUN 2023

7:45 pm – 10 pm
Salle de musique / avenue Léopold-Robert 27, La Chaux-de-Fonds

Grigory Sokolov
piano

The young pianist Alexandra Dovgan, 14 years old at the time of her Perspectives Musiques recital on June 15, 2021, and the immense Grigory Sokolov were initially scheduled to perform during the same 2020/21 season. Nearly six decades separate them, an incredible talent and a deep admiration unites them.

Upcoming programme

BUT STILL!

DI 13 NOV 2022

5 pm – 6:30 pm
Salle Faller / avenue Léopold-Robert 34, La Chaux-de-Fonds

Marc Pantillon, piano

This concert reflects our desire to organize events in other venues than the Music Room.

On stage, pianist Marc Pantillon in a program dedicated mainly to Beethoven and Brahms, against the backdrop of the very beautiful Brahms disc released in 2005 by Claves and recently reissued in an expanded version, with the Ballades op.10, the Intermezzi op. 117 and the Klavierstücke op. 118 and 119

Detail follows.