Classical music encounters jazz
Laurentius Dinca Solo Violin
Stephan Schulze Violin
Walter Küssner Viola
Christoph Igelbrink Cello
Christoph von der Nahmer Violin
Torsten Puls Bass Guitar
Stanisław Pajak Double Bas
Igor Cognolato Piano
Jan Schlichte Drums
Rainer Seegers Timpani
Fantasy, 4 Songs arranged for string quartet by Paul Chihara
Wings for solo violin, percussion, timpani, bass guitar and string quartet
Concerto grosso for violin, piano and string quartet
Konzert Nr. 1 Concerto No. 1 for solo violin, percussion and string quintet
Tue, 24 May 2016 8 p.m.
Chamber Music Hall | Introduction: 7:00 pm
The Athenaeum Quartet, made up of Philharmonic string players, is always good for a surprise with their unusual programmes: whether it’s Nordic tango or Viennese waltzes, the ensemble knows how to arouse their audience’s curiosity and enthusiasm with unknown works and unconventional arrangements. This time the motto is “classical music encounters jazz”. The evening will begin with a jazz classic: Duke Ellington. In his series of songs in the form of a suite, Fantasy for string quartet, the American composer Paul Chihara arranged four of Ellington’s jazz standards, including Sophisticated Lady and Mood Indigo, in a witty, swinging and stirring fashion.
The other works on the programme are by composers who are often styled border crossers between jazz and classical music. With Wings, Friedrich Gulda composed a violin concerto that contains not only typical jazz harmonies, but also room for improvisation. The Czech bandleader and pianist Milan Svoboda combines the Baroque form of the concerto grosso with jazz elements in his work. And the Frenchman Jacques Loussier, “inventor” of the famous Play Bach, also shows how fertile engaging with the various musical worlds can be in his concerto for solo violin, percussion and string quintet.
To perform the latter three compositions, the Athenaeum Quartet will be supported by Philharmonic colleagues – bass Stanisław Pajak, violinist Christoph von der Nahmer and percussionists Simon Rössler and Rainer Seegers, as well as bass guitarist Torsten Puls and pianist Igor Cognalato. The first violin of the quartet, Laurentius Dinca, will play solo violin.