For the first time in their illustrious history, the Czech Philharmonic will make an appearance at concerts in the United Arab Emirates. In March 2013, the orchestra will be performing in Abu Dhabi with Jiří Bělohlávek and renowned soloists Ana María Martínez (soprano), Victoria Yastrebova (soprano), Placido Domingo (tenor), Bryn Terfel (bass baritone), and Joshua Bell (violin). The orchestra looks forward to presenting three different programs over the course of the city’s Abu Dhabi Festival.
<h3>20. 3. 2013 / ABU DHABI</h3> <ul> <li><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">R. WAGNER: Die Meistersinger – Vorspiel</span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">R. WAGNER: Walküre – Winterstürme</span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">R. WAGNER: Lohengrin – Elsa's Dream</span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">R. WAGNER: Tannhäuser – O du, mein holder Abendstern</span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">G. VERDI: Ernani – Ernani, involami</span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">G. VERDI: La Traviata – Di porvenza il mar, il suol</span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">G. VERDI: Macbeth – Ballet music</span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">G. VERDI: La Traviata – Ah! Dite alla giovine</span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">F. LEHÁR: The Land of Smiles – Dein ist mein ganzes Herz</span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">E. KÁLMÁN: The Czardas Princess – Heia, in den Bergen</span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">F. LEHÁR: The Merry Widow – Lippenschweigen</span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">R. RODGERS: South Pacific – Some Enchanted Evening</span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">A. LERNER, F. LOEW: My Fair Lady – I Could Have Danced All Night</span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">L. BERNSTEIN: West Side Story – Tonight</span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">L. BERNSTEIN: Candide (overture)</span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">P. LUNA: El niño judio – D'España vengo</span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.5em;">F. MORENO TORROBA: Maravilla – Amor, vida de mi vida</span></li> </ul> <h3>22. 3. 2013 / ABU DHABI</h3> <ul> <li>B. SMETANA: Vltava</li> <li>M. BRUCH: Violin Concerto No. 1</li> <li>A. DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 7<br /><br /></li> </ul> <h3>26. 3. 2013 / ABU DHABI</h3> <ul> <li>B. El-KHOURY: Poeme Oriental</li> <li>G. DONIZETTI: Udite, udite, o rustici from L’Elisir d’Amore</li> <li>A. BOITO: Son lo spirito che nega from Mefistofele</li> <li>G. VERDI: Tacea la notte placido from Il Trovatore</li> <li>G. PUCCINI: Quando M’en Vo from La Boheme</li> <li>G. ROSSINI: Overture to Il barbiere di Siviglia</li> <li>G DONIZETTI: Quando Amore from L’elisir d’amore</li> <li>R. WAGNER: Overture to Tannhäuser</li> <li>R. WAGNER: O Du, Mein Holder Abendstern from Tannhäuser</li> <li>R. WAGNER: Elisabeth’s aria from Tannhäuser</li> <li>R. WAGNER: Abendlich strahlt der sonne auge from Das Rheingold</li> <li>Z. KODÁLY: Dances of Galanta</li> <li>G. GERSCHWIN: Summertime from Porgy & Bes</li> <li>L. BERNSTEIN: I Feel Pretty from West Side Story</li> <li>G. GERSCHWIN: Bess you is my Woman from Porgy & Bess Suo Gan, traditional (arr. Chris Hazell), Passing by, traditional (arr. Chris Hazell)</li> <li>M. LEIGH: Impossible Dream from Man of La Mancha</li> </ul>
Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. Named the Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in 2011, Bell is the first person to hold this post since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958.
Equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and orchestra leader, Bell’s 2015 summer highlights included a South American and European tour with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, a tour to South Africa, including appearances with the Johannesburg Philharmonic and Starlight Classics, performances in New York and Shanghai with the New York Philharmonic and summer festivals including Verbier, Tanglewood, Mostly Mozart and Saratoga.
Bell kicked off the Fall season 2015 performing with the Houston, St. Louis and Indianapolis Symphony orchestras, a U.S. recital tour with pianist Sam Haywood, a European tour with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and three concerts as guest soloist with the New York Philharmonic led by Alan Gilbert both end the year and start 2016. The new year continued with a U.S. recital tour with Sam Haywood and with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Orchestral dates celebrating the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s centennial season conducted by Marin Alsop, the Orchestre de Paris conducted by Paavo Jarvi, and the London Symphony Orchestra were also scheduled. Bell was then off to Asia for a recital tour with Alessio Bax and orchestra appearances highlighted by an appearance in Tokyo with the NHK Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leonard Slatkin.
An exclusive Sony Classical artist, Bell has recorded more than 40 CDs since his first LP recording at age 18 on the Decca Label garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone and Echo Klassik awards in the process.
Recent releases include Bell’s holiday CD, Musical Gifts from Joshua Bell and Friends, featuring collaborations with Chris Botti, Chick Corea, Gloria Estefan, Renée Fleming, Plácido Domingo, Alison Krauss and others. Other releases include French Impressions with pianist Jeremy Denk, featuring sonatas by Saint-Saëns, Ravel and Franck, The Tchaikovsky Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic, as well as The Red Violin Concerto, The Essential Joshua Bell, Voice of the Violin, and Romance of the Violin, which Billboard named the 2004 Classical CD of the Year, and Bell the Classical Artist of the Year. Highlights of the Sony Classical film soundtracks on which Bell has performed include The Red Violin which won the Oscar for Best Original Score.
Seeking opportunities to increase violin repertoire, Bell has premiered new works by Nicholas Maw, John Corigliano, Aaron Jay Kernis, Edgar Meyer, Behzad Ranjbaran and Jay Greenberg. Bell also performs and has recorded his own cadenzas to most of the major violin concertos.
In 1989, Bell received an Artist Diploma in Violin Performance from Indiana University where he currently serves as a senior lecturer at the Jacobs School of Music. His alma mater honored him with a Distinguished Alumni Service Award, he has been named an “Indiana Living Legend” and is the recipient of the Indiana Governor’s Arts Award.
Bell has received many accolades: In 2013 he was honored by the New York Chapter, The Recording Academy; in 2012 by the National Young Arts Foundation. Bell was named “Instrumentalist of the Year 2010” by Musical America and received the Humanitarian Award from Seton Hall University.
Bell serves on the artist committee of the Kennedy Center Honors and the Board of Director of the New York Philharmonic and Education Through Music.
Bell performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin and uses a late 18th century French bow by François Tourte.
In Seventh Symphony in D minor the composer presents an unusually grim position of himself, which is difficult to explain by the “objective” reality of his contemporary living conditions. Dvořák composed it in 1884 on a commission from the London Philharmonic Society, whose honorary member he became thanks to the success of his oratorios in Britain. The premiere, which took place on 22 April 1885 in St. James’s Hall under his direction, was a huge success – the audience applauded after every movement.
The vast majority of the operas by Richard Wagner is inspired by mythological themes of epic poems, sagas and legends. This also applies to Tannhäuser, the first opera on such topic, which is based on a saga about the legendary medieval German Minnesinger who struggles between the ideal, unfulfilled love to a noblewoman Elizabeth and erotic pleasures in the Venusberg. This key contradiction takes place in the setting of a song contest at Wartburg, in which singers compete in expressing the nature of love. The “Grand Romantic Opera”, as the work has been called, has become Wagner’s new attempt at artistic treatment of the contradiction between society and the artist who seeks redemption through women’s understanding and love for his actions. The premiere of Tannhäuser was held on 19 October 1845 and was met with lukewarm reception and polite embarrassment of the audience and unequivocal condemnation of critics. The substantial overture is actually a unique symphonic work by itself. This is why it is frequently performed as a separate item in orchestral concerts. It is interesting that Wagner himself left a comprehensive commentary on the content and course of the overture, being – as indeed with all his works – also the author of the libretto of the opera.
The music by Gioacchino Rossini, native of Pesaro, Italy, builds on humor and the sparkling brilliance of the strings. Rossini wrote in total 39 operas; the greatest success came with Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), Otello, La gazza ladra, and Guillaume Tell. At 37 years of age he unexpectedly retired from being an opera composer; after that he composed only sporadically and due to his depression lived the following 40 years in seclusion. The libretto of The Barber of Seville was based on Beaumarchais’s comedy. The plot is full of incognito disguises and all the romantic troubles are solved by Figaro the barber. The famous overture was paradoxically recycled from Rossini’s opera Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra, written a year earlier.
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