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The famous Emmanuel Ceysson and the Tartini String Quartet open a silver subscription



An evening marked by music for the harp and strings

Renowned French harpist Emmanuel Ceysson and the members of the Tartini String Quartet, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, open the new season of the silver subscription tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallus Hall with a lesser-known but attractive musical program.

The silver subscription of Cankarjev dom has long been one of the most popular concert cycles in Slovenia. It is intended for chamber music, both iron repertoire and conceptually fresher, innovative, even boldly designed concert programs featuring internationally established performers and bands. For the introduction of the new season, which again brings an extremely diverse range of excellent performers and musical works, they will Emmanuel Ceysson and Tartini String Quartet.

It’s September 2020 Ceysson after winning an anonymous audition against seventy competitors, he became the new solo harpist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by the charismatic Gustavo Dudamel. Prior to that, he was the first harpist of two prominent opera orchestras for a decade and a half, first of the Paris National Opera, where he began his service at the age of twenty-two, and then for five seasons at the New York Metropolitan Opera.

Photo: Dario Acosta

In his native France, at the tender age of sixteen, he was unanimously accepted to the prestigious Paris Conservatoire, in the following ten years he won several of the most important international awards and recognitions: the gold medal at the American International Harpist Competition (2004), first place at the New York audition of young concert performers (Young Concert Artists, 2006) and first prize at the high-profile ARD competition in Munich (2009). This opened the door for the musician to take a solo path to prominent concert stages, such as chamber venues The loop Carnegie Hall in New York, hall Wigmore in London, Gaveau’s hall, Munich GasteigVienna Concert Hall and Concert Hall Hyogo. He performs as a soloist with orchestras such as the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the German Symphony Orchestra, the RAI National Symphony Orchestra of Turin, the National Orchestra of Lyon and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogotá.

Nika Gorič.  Photo: Dario Acosta

His discography, released on labels such as Naxos, No a classic, Naïve, Apartments and Alpha Classics, is extensive, critically acclaimed and includes both solo, chamber and concert repertoire. As a soloist, orchestral musician, professor – from 2021 he also teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music – and last but not least also with the help of his extensive and varied discography, Ceysson he frees his instrument from entrenched stereotypes of an angelic but marginal orchestral instrument the instrument and presents it in a different light, as an expressive medium of a luxurious palette of emotions and sound colors. “Music comes first! No matter what instrument you play, let it always be a tool, a means to achieve deep expression and emotion… I must admit that the sound of the harp fascinated me as a 6-year-old boy, and later its magnificent shape and hypnotic dance: the harp deserves a place in the foreground among the classics instruments! Since then it became my struggle and I was lucky to be got many opportunities to share his immense pleasure in evoking string singing.” So Emmanuel Ceyssonwho this time will join forces with the Tartini String Quartet on the Gallus Hall stage.

The ensemble has been one of the most representative Slovenian chamber music ensembles for four decades and will perform in Miran Kolbl and Romeo Drucker – violin, Aleksandar Milošev – viola and Miloš Mlejnik – cello. In 1983, the four leaders of the string groups of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra decided to test their rich technical knowledge and musical experience in a string quartet. From the first beginnings as the String Quartet of the Slovenian Philharmonic to today under the well-established name of the Tartini String Quartet, the band has undergone few changes. The former primarius Darko Linarić was succeeded by Črtomir Šiškovič and the current first violinist Miran Kolbl, while violist Cvetko Demšar was replaced in 1990 by Aleksandar Milošev. Cellist Miloš Mlejnik and second violinist Romeo Drucker are founding members of the quartet.

In its performance so far, especially as part of the concerts from the Evenings of Chamber Music cycle, the Tartini Quartet has developed a convincing and fresh approach, which is also reflected in the openness of the repertoire. When creating the concert schedules, the members do not give up the parts of the iron repertoire of this genre, but they choose them carefully and thoughtfully, so that they also mature interpretatively. Medse also invites renowned Slovenian and foreign musicians, which complements their program in an original way. Among others, Irena Grafenauer, Stanko Arnold, Radovan Vlatković, Mate performed with them BekavacLovro Pogorelić, Maria Graf, Gary Karr, Franco Gulli, Enrica Cavallo, Bruno GiurannaRocco Filippini, Davide Formed and many others, and this list will now be completed by Emmanuel Ceysson.

As the only Slovenian chamber ensemble, the Tartini String Quartet was a permanent guest of Mozart’s serenades in Salzburg for many years. He also confirmed his high value in important musical centers such as Barcelona, ​​Venice, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Vienna, Genoa, Geneva, Prague, Salzburg, Milan, Munich, Turin…

The quartet recorded for various labels and radio and television stations at home and around the world and recorded a series of CDs with works by Slovenian and foreign composers. Among the latest recording achievements is an album Quattro Sonata à Quattroa recording of four sonatas for string quartet Giuseppe Tartini, which the composition published on the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death.

As written by the organizers of the opening concert for the Silver subscription, the stylistically diverse and inventive program offers “a musical journey to the lesser known, exploring luxury contemplation of nature and leaves it to him to finally find the way to the light”. Among the more famous works of the program for sure they judge opening Fantastic tale for harp and string quartet André Caplet, who originally conceived the work as a symphonic poem or legend for harp and orchestra based on the famous short story The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe, Hindemithova Harp Sonata and Debussy’s Sacred and Secular dance for harp and strings rounding off the concert schedule. Most of the other works are classified as musical raritiesboth originally created works and those characterized by more modern means of expression Harpalycé of Marius ConstantThe story of a harpist and composer Henrietta Reniéwho sought inspiration in the love poetry of Charles Leconte de Lislebut shares The Castlewoman in the Tower and Towards the Forest Spring by French music creators Gabriela Fauré respectively Marcela Tournieras well as transcriptions of compositions signed by the baroque virtuoso instruments with the keys Louise-Claude Daquin, Franz Liszt and Mikhail Glinka.

Lucie Leguay.  Photo: Christine Ledroitperrin

The silver subscription will continue already on October 2, when members of the famous band will be guests at the 2nd May subscription concert in the Gallus hall of Cankarjev dom Ensemble Modernwho has been considered one of the biggest ambassadors of contemporary music for more than four decades and is a two-time nominee for grammy. She will lead him Lucy Leguayshe will perform in a solo role Nika Gorič, and the program will be filled entirely with the works of the most prominent Slovenian creators of contemporary music. Quantum Mechanics (2014) will sound Petre Strahovnikwas created in 2007 Substitution anonymous Vinko Globokar, TECHNO (2022) Matej Boninwho weaved poetry into the composition Ana PepelnikStump the Guesser (2021) Nina Šenk and The Book of Bodies Vita Žuraj to poetry Aleš Štegra. The conceptual starting point of the upcoming project is the traditional Frankfurt Book Fair 2023, of which Slovenia will be the guest of honor, and the exclusively Slovenian music program will Ensemble He also performed modern in Bamberg, Germany.

Source: Rtvslo

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