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LIVE from Frankfurt: from Baroque to early Romantic Music

Monday, 29 May 2023 , ora 10.42

The Frankfurt Radio Symphony performs this week its third concert of the Barock + season, featuring on its schedule on May 25th and 26th the most important European musical centers of those times: Dresden, Prague and Vienna. In fact, the repertoire starts with the Baroque era and ends a century later with references to early Romanticism…

A generic that catches the eye and invites you to do research in order to find the links in the biographies of the 5 authors, whose names appear on the poster, with the respective cities. Characters that are well-known to music lovers but - maybe - also to those less familiar with the prestigious characters of the so-called "Classical" music show up in the company of less known interpreters in our day, but whose great reputation preceded them in their time (and rightly so!). Next to Johann Sebastian Bach and Carl Maria von Weber you will see names such as the visionary Jan Dismas Zelenka (born on Bohemian lands, not far from Prague and much valued in Dresden), famous violinist and German creator Johann Georg Pisendel (to whom Vivaldi, Albinoni and Telemann dedicated their concerts) and younger contemporary of Haydn's, famous in Prague and Vienna in his day: Leopold Kozeluch!

The various stylistic facets, worthy to be watched and (perhaps) compared by each listener of a concert taking place at the Frankfurt Radio Shymphony Hall by musicians with robust preoccupations of musical creation of centuries past, educated in Pilsen, Prague and then Switzerland (at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis). Founder of the Collegium 1704 instrumental band (actually, Prague Baroque Ensemble) and the Collegium Vocale 1704 Ensemble, Václav Luks is undergoing an intense activity not only in Europe, but also across the Atlantic, where he has been the guest conductor at the Boston Handel & Haydn Society since 2021. His business card mentions collaborating with celebrities of vocal interpretive art in the Baroque musical field, but also with other prestigious artists and instrumentalists.

In Frankfurt, clarinet player Sharon Kam, of Jewish descent, will be the soloist of the evening (for Weber's Clarinet Concerto No. 2, recently recorded on CD as second version, praised in specialty magazines).

Listen to an acoustic world which deserves to be explored during this live transmission from Frankfurt, on Radio România Muzical, Friday, May 26th, starting at 9 p.m.

Anca Ioana Andriescu
Translated by Denisa Stanciu,
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I
Corrected by Silvia Petrescu