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Apr 22


Bamberg, Konzerthalle
20:00 Uhr

Chamber music – a thrilling genre that brings together very different groups of instruments! This concert with the gifted cellist Sol Gabetta features two fascinating works. Kodály devoted himself wholeheartedly to enriching the music of his home country of Hungary with elements discovered during the folk music research that was his passion. His 1914 Duet for violin and cello op. 7 creates the opportunity for unusual musical sounds through its novel combination of the two string instruments. According to a biographer, the cheerful first movement with its folksong-like themes was inspired by the sight of the Alps: Switzerland was one of Kodály’s favourite holiday destinations, and there is something both breezy and fresh and comfortingly relaxed about the duet. Beethoven's Septet is a heavyweight of Viennese classical chamber music. It is also an experimental work, for this line-up of instruments had not been used before – a chamber music ensemble and miniature orchestra at the same time. Beethoven wrote the Septet in 1799/1800, and very soon it came to enjoy such popularity that he felt the urge to distance himself from it – even though he had certainly sought this popularity at first, urging his publisher: »You need to send my Septet out into the world a little more speedily – the rabble is waiting for it.« It certainly made him money, for it was adapted numerous times for other groups of instruments, conquering salons in Vienna and beyond. All instruments play an equally important role in the Septet. And the musical flow of its six movements contains truly enchanting passages, including a rapturous Adagio, variations on the song of a boatman on the River Rhine, and an exuberant Scherzo.

Sol Gabetta Violoncello
Ilian Garnetz Violine (Kodály)
The performers of the Beethoven Septet are yet to be announced.

Zoltan Kodaly Duo für Violine und Violoncello op. 7
Ludwig van Beethoven Septett Es-Dur op. 20