Hot News September 2006

Hoffmeister Duo Concertante

Performance in Bresia, Italy

16 September 2006

Luigi and Laura Magistrelli performing the Hoffmeister Concertante for 2 clarinets and orchestra
on September 16 in Cividate Camuno , Brescia, north part of Italy, with the new born  "Vivaldi  Val Camonica "Orchestra conducted by Silvio Maggioni.

Cividate Camuno, Brescia Italy

         Noted soloists Luigi and Laura Magistrelli, performed this work in this city with the above Orchestra, newly organized

consisting of musicians from several provinces to make for a new arts presence in this area in Italy.   Magistrelli is well known

in this country and recognized as one of the top soloists in Europe.  He is artist pro-active being Professor of Clarinette at the

Milano Conservatory, and having working connections with Karl Leister of the Berlin Philharmonic, of which the Mercandante

Clarinet Competition is approaching in October.  Several Mozart recordings have been released with this trio.


14 September 2006

Kalamazoo Gazette

Fontana opening concert successfully bridges East and West

By  C.J. Gianakaris

Special to the Gazette

Recent seasons programmed by the Fontana Chamber Arts have stretched listening capacities of audiences by commissioning original works by gifted composers and by programming more ecumenical compositions from broader geographic areas of the musical world.

Wednesday evening's season opener, ``Bridges from the East,'' featured four newly commissioned works that required exotic musical instruments from China. The program at Dalton Center Recital Hall was largely successful.

Wang Guowei on the erhu (a two-stringed instrument) and Yang Wei on the pipa (a four-stringed, pear-shaped lute) are exceedingly fine artists who know how to coax extraordinary music from their instruments. Wang Guowei opened the program playing ``Song of Henan,'' a Chinese traditional piece. Sounding a bit like a fiddle, the erhu defined a thin, plaintive melodic line comparable to a singing voice.

Yang Wei followed on the pipa with ``Traditional Folksong of the Yi Tribe.'' Strumming and plucking the strings, he produced music akin to the banjo or mandolin. With picks on several fingers, Yang Wei brilliantly elicited full-ranged melodies.

John Bruce Yeh and Teresa Reilly, playing different-ranged clarinets, performed two works together -- the commissioned piece ``Little Cabbage,'' by Bright Sheng (present in the audience), and several selections from ``Two & Three Part Inventions,'' by J.S. Bach.

The work by Bright Sheng held greater interest because of his masterful scoring for E-flat and B-flat clarinets. Peng (Pamela) Chen's commissioned work ``Spring Silk II'' was also performed by the ensemble.

Rousing Wednesday's audience the most were commissioned works by Victoria Bond (who was present) and Lu Pei. ``The Birds and the Queen Phoenix,'' by Lu Pei, requires erhu, pipa, soprano clarinet and bass clarinet. Composed to artistically replicate the sounds of nature, particularly birds, the piece was a delight.

Uncanny naturelike sounds emerged from each of the instruments, including chirps, trilling, buzzing, tapping, croaking and, finally, a deluge of bird-whistle chirpings. The players seemed to enjoy performing the work as much as the audience enjoyed taking it in.

Victoria Bond stepped on stage to comment on the design of ``Bridges,'' her work for the ensemble. Four actual bridges inspired her, and each bridge was musically conveyed with wonderfully varied effects.

``Railroad Trestle Bridge, Galax, Virginia'' used the clarinets to produce the chugging sound of the railroad engine, with the pipa and erhu adding ``moving music'' and a random train-whistle sound. The concept here was clever and very well effected. ``Stone Bridge Over a Reflecting Pool in Souzhou'' permitted the erhu and pipa to transform their natural sounds into a lovely, meditative aura.

Two other bridge sections proved valid and interesting, but forced the erhu and pipa into traditional roles of fiddle and banjo, depriving them of their full attributes.


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6 September 2006

Klima's Cracow Clarinet Festival

CRACOW, Poland

6 September 2006

Krzysztof Klima, the creator of Cracow's Clarinet Festival talks with Anika Ochotnicka.

This is the 14th annual Clarinet Festival in Cracow, which bears your name as its sole creator. There aren't many such events that are conceived by a single artist, even one as popular as yourself.
It was a challenge to undertake such a huge project, and the name underlines the fact that the festival is indeed my creation from beginning to end. I wanted an event that would bring the music scene together with things that I consider to be the great in music.

Taking responsibility for the entire festival means taking responsibility for Mozart as well as the good mood of performers...
I take full responsibility for the artistic program. Next year the festival will celebrate its 15th anniversary. It will be a great celebration and a great surprise. I wanted to create something that didn't exist when I was a student. Thanks to a scholarship to the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, under professor Guy Deplus, I realized the huge difference between performances at home and abroad. I wondered what to do with my experiences. An event was needed to concentrate the attention of musicians and audiences on the presentation of the best examples of music.

I thought up this festival in order to create fascinating concerts, something I really missed. That's the reason for the festival's three main sections present every year: classical, jazz and klezmer, as well as the reason we have the best musicians playing the best repertoire. In cooperation with world-famous musicians, I want to present the best of what we have. A large part of the audience are people who come to Cracow as one of the cultural capitals of Europe.

That's probably also the reason for contemporary works created specially for you or the festival.
Yes. I try to make the repertoire as varied as possible. I make sure to include world premieres, for example Nicole Younes's work. Pieces written for specific musicians as well, like the experimental concerts of Bogusław Schaeffer, give me a great chance to display my skills.

Which event do you think is best remembered by the festival's audience?
We've had great events every year and in every section of the festival. One that sticks out is the performance by the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields with Michael Collins, who is a great clarinet player. There were many great performers but rarely with such a wonderful orchestra. I was personally pleased with the presence of Germany's Melos-Quartett, with whom I had the pleasure of performing at Wawel castle.

As far as jazz is concerned, it would be Buddy de Franco, who was the first to play bebop on the clarinet. He worked with all the great jazz musicians, and was number one among clarinet players on Down Beat Magazine's list for 17 years. We really understood each other. It was a great dream of mine, for Możdżer, Wegehaupt and Konrad, the best Polish section, to play with him.

Giora Feidman, the king of klezmer music also performed in Cracow-the Jewish Culture Festival could be envious of that.

And this year?
I have the pleasure and honor of celebrating Mozart's music. On Sept. 16, we will perform Serenade in E Flat Major KV 375 and an arrangement of The Magic Flute. There is also an anniversary which is particularly important to me-Benny Goodman died 20 years ago. That will be commemorated by a concert on Sept. 9, performed by the best Polish jazz musicians.

Krzysztof Klima (born 1959) studied at the Cracow Music Academy and at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique. He is the creator and artistic director of the International Clarinet Festival and the International Clarinet Competition in Cracow. He is the founder and artistic director of the Polish Chamber Ensemble (formerly known as Polish Wind and String Players), and co-founder and artistic director of the European Music Center Foundation.

Klima has toured the world over, performing in the most prestigious music halls, from Carnegie Hall to Tonhalle in Zurich. Since 1996 he has represented Poland at the International Clarinet Association, and since 1997 at the EuroCass federation of individual musicians' associations.


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