AMIT PELED PROGRAM
The Amit Peled Program presents
AMIT PELED, CELLO
ELI KALMAN, PIANO
Robert Schumann:Fantasy Pieces for Cello and Piano, Op. 73
Zart und mit Ausdruck
Rasch und mit Feuer
Ernest Bloch From Jewish Life
Ludwig van Beethoven:
Sonata No. 3 for Cello and Piano
in A Major, op. 69
Allegro ma non tanto
Scherzo, Allegro molto
Adagio cantabile, allegro vivace
Five Pieces on Folk Themes for cello and piano
Villain's Song on a Carriage
Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments at the reception
following this performance of the Amit Peled Program.
Robert Schumann's Fantasy Pieces for Cello and Piano was a beautiful opening to an outstanding program. Mr. Peled and Mr. Kalman's playing was so in tune with the emotions and technical demands shown in the music.
Schumann, born June 8,1810 and died July 29, 1856 was a German composer who, after studying law, returned to studying music intending to pursue a career as a concert pianist.
His teacher, Friedrich Wieck, said that he could become the finest pianist in Europe. However, he seriously injured his hand by a device he created thinking that it would help his technique by stretching his fingers to increase his hand size. He was devastated as his dream was to be a virtuoso pianist.
Schumann then decided to stay in the field of music to learn to be a great composer. This wish manifested itself into becoming one of the greatest of the Romantic Period of music history.
The From Jewish Life Suite for cello and piano was written 1933. Mr. Peled performed this poignant piece with such virtuosity and expression that the audience was spellbound by the beauty of his and Mr. Kalman's performance.
Ernest Bloch was born in Geneva, Switzerland on July 24, 1880 and died July 15, 1959. This Swiss-born American composer began playing the violin at age 9 and began composing soon afterwards. He studied music at the conservatory in Brussels where his teachers included the celebrated Belgian violinist Eugène Ysaÿe.
He became director of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music until 1930. In 1941 Bloch moved to the small coastal community of Agate Beach, Oregon and lived there the rest of his life. He died in 1959 in Portland, Oregon of cancer at the age of 78.
The Amit Peled Program continued with Sulkhan Tsintsadze's Five Pieces on Folk Themes for cello and piano composed in 1950. He was born August 23,1925 in Gori, Russia and died September 15, 1991 in Tbilisi. He was one of Georgia's foremost composers as Georgian folklore is ever present in his music. Such is the case in these Five Piece On Folk Themes. By the end of this piece we felt like dancing.
Tsintsadze began his musical career in the 1940s as the cellist in the Georgian State String Quartet. Tsintsadze's compositions are based on the traditional forms as well as styles and characteristics used by composers such as Shostakovich and Shebalin.
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