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Amateur musicians to provide a taste of Europe in HCM City

Update: December, 11/2013 - 09:48

Debut: Amateur pianist Urs Buchman will perform Slavic Concerto in HCM City on Sunday. — File Photo

HCM CITY (VNS) — Two concertos never before performed in Viet Nam will be featured at a concert organised by the HCM City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera on Sunday.

Franz Krommer's Concerto for Clarinet & Orchestra in E flat Major, op.36, and Boris Lyatoshinsky's Slavic Concerto for piano & orchestra, op. 54, will be performed, respectively, by Michael Eidel and Urs Buchman.

Krommer (1759-1831) was a Czech composer who studied the violin and organ and was appointed first conductor of the cathedral at Pecs and later to Duke Ignaz Fuchs in Vienna, Austria.

The Concerto for Clarinet & Orchestra was written in the form of a standard classical concerto, with a long first movement due to a double exposition, one with an orchestra and the other featuring a soloist.

Despite this, it has plenty of anticipation of Romanticism, including a yearning second movement.

Lyatoshinsky (1895-1968) was a Ukrainian composer, conductor, and teacher many of whose works were rarely during his lifetime because his musical style caused significant problems with critics at the time.

The Slavic Concerto is a little over 30 minutes long and in the standard three-movement concerto form.

"Michael Eidel and Urs Buchman are both amateur artists but their performances with professional orchestras worldwide has gained the admiration of many professionals," the HBSO said in a release.

Buchmann, who has been a senior banker in Asia since 1987, began to play the piano at the age of five in his native Belgium.

His repertoire of solo piano music comprises works by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, and most other masters.

Eidel began playing the clarinet at the age of eight at a music school in Germany.

He has played the symphonies of Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorak, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, and Mendelssohn, as well as Zemlinsky's opera Der Zwerg (The Dwarf).

The Slavic Concerto concert will take place at the HCM City Conservatory, 112 Nguyen Du Street. — VNS

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