The Imperial Vienna Orchestra will be joined by Bulgarian conductor Nayden Todorov for this special concert in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
Maestro Todorov is among the most talented Bulgarian musicians of this generation. He currently serves as director of the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, and has conducted major orchestras across Europe and America.
‘A musician to the backbone whose harmonic and smooth movements enchant acoustically and visually.’ (Solothurner Zeitung, July 2005)
Tickets £15/£12.50 concessions.
Tickets available here or by contacting:
Norwich Theatre Royal – 01603 630000
St George’s Music Shop – 01603 626414
The programme includes some rarities and first live performances as well as very well known and loved classics.
The concert opens with the first performance of Genée’s overture for Nanon, one of his most successful Operettas, together with Der Seekadett, which is also featured in the programme in a ‘Quadrille; composed by Eduard Strauss on themes from the opera.
From Genée we move to Josef Richter and his Lied Ohne Worte (song without words) featuring Paige Galer on French Horn. We then move into more familiar territory with a march by Johann Strauss, jr. dedicated to the Emperor Franz Josef I and a selection from one of the most famous operettas coming from Austria, Millocker’s Gasparone.
We will then cross the border into France for a Can Can by Offenbach – this time it is not the usual ‘Can Can’ from Orpheus in The Underworld but one of his lesser known works.
The first part of the programme will conclude with one of the most famous waltzes by Johann Strauss, Roses from the South.
The second part of the programme opens with the ‘Intermezzo’ from Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffman with its grand introduction and mellow barcarole. We the move back to Austria with a polka from Millocker’s The Beggar Student. Another solo, featuring Amy Robinson on clarinet, this time from Verdi’s La Traviata, will move us again into new territory, this time Northern Italy. Schumann’s Träumerei, with its romantic melodies will lead the way towards the conclusion of the concert with Johann Strauss’ Wine, Women and Song and Bauern Polka.
“A Trip to Africa is a piquant opera. It is one of Suppé’s operas that is both pretty and rich. It contains refreshing music, rich choruses, fine orchestration and beautiful numbers. There are but few works that can equal it. It is full of spirit and brilliancy!” (New York Times, 1887)
Concert performance conducted by Dario Salvi, music by the Imperial Vienna Orchestra with a cast of soloists. Onstage chorus: the Octagon Singers. In English.
Tickets cost £12.50 (£10 for concessions) and are available from:
Norwich Theatre Royal – 01603 630000
Prelude Records – St. Giles Street, Norwich – 01603 628319
St George’s Music Shop – St George’s Street, Norwich – 01603 626414
Featuring pianist Simon Ireson, who will be performing the piano concerto ‘Ungarische Zigeunerweisen‘ (1892) by Sophie Menter. A student of Franz Liszt, he described Menter as “my only legitimate piano daughter”. Born in Munich in 1846 to her cellist father and singer mother, Sophie quickly became a distinguished pianist. She first performed in public with Weiber’s ‘Kozertstück’ for piano and orchestra at the age of fifteen, and went on to achieve great acclaim for her interpretation of Liszt’s piano music at the Leipzig Gewandhaus. Anton Rubinstein called her “the sole ruler of all piano keys and hearts.” She toured widely and first appeared in England in 1881, returning two years later to receive an honorary membership of the Philharmonic Society. Shortly after, she became professor of piano at the St. Petersburg Conservatory.
Sophie composed various pieces for the piano, whilst describing herself as having a “miserable talent for composing”. Tchaikovsky was well acquainted with Sophie and even dedicated a score to her. He clearly did not entirely agree with Sophie’s opinion of her abilities since he took her two piano “Ungarische Zigeunerweisen”, composed in 1885, and arranged the second piano part for orchestra. He also conducted the premiere of this work in Odessa in 1893 with Sophie as soloist.
The work itself contains a small collection of melodies. It is clearly inspired by Liszt’s ‘Hungarian Fantasy‘ with the opening being remarkably similar. After the initial tidal wave of notes in the first cadenza, the Andante chords present the main theme. After the Allegro variation there is another cadenza before a dance-like tune is played, followed by the orchestra joining in enthusiastically. The Andante theme returns during another cadenza before a beautiful run of arpeggios culminates in cascading scales, which lead to a single note on the piano. From here the running octaves on the piano lead the piece towards the Coda, again returning to the original theme, however now with much more energy. The final few moments recall the opening and the whole work is brought to a resounding close with a rising chromatic scale.
Tickets: £7 | Concessions £6
Featuring Sara Cucchi on French Horn