Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The 2016 Eilat Chamber Music Festival's large repertoire offers much to Baroque music aficionados

The 11th Eilat Chamber Music Festival (Leonid Rosenberg - founder and musical director) taking place at the Dan Eilat Hotel from February 3rd to 6th 2016, will feature first class artists from many countries, offering a rich selection of music of all kinds. Baroque music aficionados will be pleased to know that programs will also cater to their taste. In “Handel and the Italian Baroque” (Friday February 5th,, 17:00), Dutch mezzo-soprano Rosanne van Sandwyk will join  the prestigious Concerto Köln in a concert of works by Evaristo Felice Dall’Abaco, Locatelli, Vivaldi, G.B.Sammartini, Charles Avison and Telemann. Established 30 years ago and ranked among today’s leading ensembles engaging in historically informed performance, Concerto Köln aims to rediscover and perform works of composers who have remained overshadowed by more celebrated names; hence their performance of the piece by Verona-born composer and ‘cellist Dall’Abaco (1675-1742). Then, on Saturday February 6th at 17:00, Concerto Köln will perform four of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. What will be of particular interest in No.4 are the “echo flutes”, double recorders built for the Cologne group according to what Bach seems to have had in mind for the work. On February 5th at 21:00 Baroque music lovers are in for another treat: conductor and violinist David Grimal (France) will solo with “Les Dissonances”, the orchestra he formed in 2004, in Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” concertos, this work to be followed by Piazzolla’s “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires” (Brazilian music with some subtle quotes from Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”). “Les Dissonances” comprises musicians from all over Europe and, as the program shows, plays works of a very wide range.

Canadian-German trumpeter Jens Lindemann and the International Brass Collective will open their night-owl concert (February 3rd, 23:00) with works by Bach and Vivaldi, then to proceed to pieces by Mozart, Morley Calvert, Kevin McKee, Piazzolla, Duke Ellington, Bix Beiderbecke, Ian MacDougall…and finishing with Liszr!  The Belgian-based “Trilogy” String Trio, together with piano and percussion, will actually open its wildly non-mainstream performance on February 5th at 23:00 with the Allegro from their own transcription of Vivaldi’s Concerto in A-minor RV522. Created in 2011 by three internationally-acclaimed violinists, “Trilogy”‘s aim is to take a fresh look the great works of Classical and popular repertoire.

And a concert for the whole family – “A Bach Celebration” - February 6th at 11:00 will feature Moscow-born Israeli clown and actor Fyodor Makarov and a line-up of Israeli and overseas singers and instrumentalists in a tale of confusion in which a sloppy stage-worker solves the chaos he has got himself into by speaking directly to Bach, requesting him to write music that is more cheerful.

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