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GENEVA BRASS QUINTET FOR KZNPO (article first published : 2008-02-28)

Koetsier’s Concerto for Brass Quintet and Orchestra will premier during the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert on February 28. Koetsier demonstrates superb compositional skill as the quintet blends well with the orchestra, yet always preserves its soloist presence. The sound of the small ensemble is never allowed to be swallowed up by the orchestra or become confused with an accompanimental role. The Geneva Brass Quintet, which is composed of a trombonist, two trumpeters and a tuba and French horn player, will perform the piece and the musicians are sure to fulfill their aim of sharing their pleasure of music with the public.

The five met at the Geneva Conservatory of Music and have been invited by numerous institutions and festivals to perform in public, in particular by the Geneva National Institute, the Geneva Music Festival, Fete du disque Venthône, Sion music festival, the UBS and many others.

Complimenting the concerto the concert will also feature performances of Mozart’s Don Giovanni (Overture), Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 “London” and Kodaly’s Galanta Dances.

Don Giovanni (1787) is an opera of great power and eloquence, which depicts the exploits and eventual punishment of an inveterate womaniser! It is based on the tale of Don Juan, widely used in literature from the 16th century onwards. The overture is short, and includes music depicting both the dark and light sides of the Don.

After 30 years of serving the Esterházy court in Austria/Hungary, the death of the music-loving Prince Nicholas gave Haydn the opportunity to leave his provincial environment and to travel to the richest capital of the time – London. He was aware of the popularity of his works in England, and coupled with the attractive financial incentives offered, the opportunities to compose new works, perform, travel, and meet new people Haydn gladly accepted an invitation to go there. The twelve “London” symphonies, of which No.104 is the last were composed by Haydn during his residencies in London.

Yasuo Shinozaki will conduct the KZNPO in the first of two engagements. In a remarkably short time, he has acquired a truly international reputation for his emotionally direct style of music-making. Born in Japan, he studied in Vienna, Sienna and the United States, came to prominence in Finland, and spent three successful years as Assistant Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic before making London his home. He has also scored notable success in his homeland. In 2007 he was appointed Chief Conductor/Artistic Director of the Kymi Sinfonietta in Helsinki.

The concert takes place at 19h30 in the Durban City Hall. Book at Computicket.

(See review of Friends of Music Concert which follows this story on the main Music page)




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