Classical Notes: 9 March 2018
A full programme of classics for March
Baroque 2000 launches its 2018 Season at the Church of the Mariannhill Monastery on Sunday (March 11). The programme features two major works scored for strings, woodwinds and brass - JS Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No 1, and Handel’s Water Music (Suites 1, 2 and 3). Complementing these two famous pieces is J.J. Fux’s Turcaria Sinfonia a 3 in C major.
The concert starts at 11.30am, tickets are R150 at the door. The monastery tea garden will be open, and there is ample free and secure parking. More information from Michel on 082 303 5241 or email email@example.com.
Friends of Music in association with Music Revival present classical guitarists James Grace and Morgan Szymanski in a recital titled Together Again. Performing a virtuoso programme of mostly Spanish music by Ferdinando Carulli, Manuel de Falla, Celso Machado and more, the duo appears at the Durban Jewish Centre on Tuesday (March 21) at 7.30pm, and at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg on at 11h30 Wednesday March 21 ‘Human Rights Day'.
Music Revival honours this month’s centenary of the French composer Claude Debussy who died in Paris on March 25, 1918. Widely held to have changed the face of classical music, the French composer was hailed in a recent edition of in the British newspaper, The Spectator, as ‘The musical genius who erupted out of nowhere’, continuing ‘Indeed, there is a good case for calling Debussy the most perfectly original composer of the past 200 years.’
Performing a programme titled The Magical Musical World of Claude Debussy, pianist Christopher Duigan offers an exploration of some of his best known pieces. The programme will include iconic items such as ‘Clair de lune’, 'Reflections on the water, ‘The Girl with the Flaxen Hair’, 'Arabesque No 1', 'Reverie’ and ‘The Sunken Cathedral’.
Says Duigan: ‘Debussy's music is atmospheric and subtly hued, reflecting the world around him. From images of water and snow, recollections of Spanish and popular music, to sounds from the Far East and ancient times; a magical world unfolds.’
Duigan’s homage to Debussy can be heard on Monday March 19 at 7pm, at Grace Hall Ashton International College, Albertina Way, Ballito (opp. Ballito Hospital). Booking is preferred: firstname.lastname@example.org or at 083 417 4473 (SMS or WhatsApp only). Tickets are R150 with coffee and cake included at interval.
Secure parking is provided and seating is unreserved. The programme will be reprised in Pietermaritzburg on March 24 and 25, and in Kloof on Tuesday March 30. Details about these performances will appear in the next edition of this fortnightly column.
Finally, note the fourth (and final) concert of the KZNPO’s Summer Season takes place in The Playhouse Opera on Thursday (March 15) at 7.30pm. Arjan Tien conduct Mozart’s Don Giovanni Overture, Brahms’s A minor Double Concerto - played by son-and-father duo, Max Baillie (violin) and Alexander Baillie (cello) – and Sibelius’s Second Symphony. Booking is through Computicket.
1/ Baroque 2000 players, from left, Sorin Osorhean, Lubo Minkov, Neil Smit, Simon Milliken and Michel Schneuwly, photographed by Val Adamson
2/ Virtuoso guitarists James Grace and Morgan Szymanski
This article first appeared in The Mercury on 9 March 2018.