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Symphonic get-together

A two-day chamber music concert will showcase popular performers of the genre; to present masterpieces like Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Beethoven’s Serenade Op. 8 among others

music Updated: Jan 09, 2013 14:33 IST
Soumya Vajpayee
Soumya Vajpayee
Hindustan Times

With the onset of the new year, a string of music concerts have kicked off in the city. The National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) joins the league by organising a chamber music recital by three world renowned performers of western classical music. Popular violinist Dmitry Sitkovetsky will share the stage with Gerard Caussé on the viola and Henri Demarquette on the cello.

The trio will be playing a transcription of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Though Sitkovetsky, a popular conductor, arranger and chamber musician, has performed this masterpiece at several junctures, this is the first time he’ll be taking up the piece in India. “You have to hear the Goldberg Variations in the concert. It would seem that you have lived an entire life through all the 30 variations. I have played with both Gérard and Henri many times but we are not a permanent string trio — this is a special project we are doing for India,” says Sitkovetsky.

Goldberg Variations, which is considered one of the most important examples of variation forms, comprises an aria (an orchestral melody) and a set of 30 variations.

“The Goldberg Variations is one of biggest artistic realisations of all times. Listening to this piece in a concert is an experience that has a lot to do with the expression of the time.

I am sure that the Indian audiences will appreciate this monumental work,” says Demarquette.

Besides Goldberg Variations, other pieces that will be performed in this two-day concert are Beethoven’s Serenade Op. 8 that has six movements and is a staple of the trio repertoire, Mozart Duo No. 1 for violin and viola, Ravel Duo for violin and cello and Mendelssohn Octet Op. 20.

The concert will be held on January 9 at the Experimental Theatre, NCPA, and January 10 at the Tata Theatre, NCPA, from 7 pm onwards. Tickets are priced at R200 onwards. Call 6622 3724 for more details.

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