Falling in LoVe – with the music of Bohemia!
stream of consciousness from beth:
our bohemian ensemble just had a very intense and fun rehearsal. as we rehearsed I fell more and more in love with this music. with just a few rehearsals, this is already such an amazing journey into this bohemian genre. I had never even heard of Zelenka, a Czech Baroque composer, but thanks to Dana, we found these adventurous quartets. Zelenka is know for his “harmonic inventiveness” – this is an understatement – rehearsal time has us checking notes for some wild moves! the fast movements are extremely virtuosic and the slow movements, especially mvt 3 are sublime – so, we are all falling in love with Zelenka.
I had also never heard of Ilja Hurnik. Hurnik’ssonata de camera is what started this entire exploration of Czech music. Dana found this piece which is full of rich harmonies and amazing color blends – my favorite thing. I have long wanted to program the Ligeti solo cello sonata – thank you to Joanna for agreeing to take on this monster piece – her performance is a delight!
the oboe and piano sonatina by Ctirad Kohoutek transported me while I listened in rehearsal today – what a treasure – and I am quite sure 99% of our audience will not have heard this music before.
and while it is nice to hear new music – it s always a pleasure and somewhat nostalgic to fill you ears and heart with the grand music of Dvorak & Smetana.
and for my flute feature – well OK, Dohnanyi is not from the Czech Republic – full disclosure – but I couldn’t resist this piece – a truly romantic aria, full of heart.
listen to LIVE Music and Fall in LoVe! join us this Sunday – beth