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A classical affair

By Maria Gregoriou

The weekend will be filled with the sounds of chamber music in Nicosia and Limassol, while a piano recital will also add to the musical atmosphere in the capital.

Chamber music will be provided by the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra (CSO) in Nicosia on Saturday and in Limassol on Sunday. The two concerts are part of the chamber music concert series with musicians from the CSO. This series has been very successful in Nicosia over the past five years and this year the concerts will also be performed in other cities.

The concerts will feature Dusko Zarkovic, who will play the clarinet, Krzysztof Wrobel who will perform on the viola and guest pianist Elena Mitella-Violari, completing the trio.

The ensemble will interpret Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Trio for clarinet, viola and piano in E-flat major, K. 498 followed by Max Bruch’s Eight pieces for clarinet, viola and piano, op. 83.

Mozart was the first to combine these specific instruments in a trio, which resulted in a work which flows with inspirational melody and form. The clarinet and the viola intertwine in such a way that the music is made especially intimate and exudes gentle characteristics.

Bruch’s magnificent composition is in essence a set of character pieces, abundant with strong emotions, which vary from gloom to restlessness to agitation.

Saturday also presents the pianist Anahit Chaushyan who will be playing at the Shoe Factory in Nicosia, organised by the Pharos Arts Foundation.

Chaushyan was born into the fourth generation of a family of professional musicians and she started her musical training at the age of six.

After completing her studies in Armenia, she gave numerous recitals then continued her studies in Belgium and the UK and graduated from the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles.

The pianist has appeared as a soloist all over the world – including such venues as Santori Hall in Tokyo and the Royal Festival Hall in London – has made numerous concert appearances with the London Soloists Orchestra, and has regular performance engagements with the Armenian State Philharmonic Orchestra.

Chaushyan will perform three masterpieces by Sergei Prokofiev, Johannes Brahms and Robert Alexander Schumann. The piece to be performed by Prokofiev is his Piano Sonata No. 6, which was completed in February 1940 and is known for its alternations between electrifying fast pace and flowing lyricism. Sonata 6 is one of the Russian composer’s War Sonatas, together with Sonata 7 and 8.

Brahms will be featured in the recital with his Klavierstucke, Op. 118, which is made up of six individual movements composed separately but published together in 1893 under a single opus number. These pieces, which can be played as a whole or individually, were written four years before the German composer’s death.

The third piece that Chaushyan will perform will be Schumman’s Kreisleriana, which pays tribute to the German novelist E.T.A Hoffmann and his most famous literary creation, Kapellmeister Kreisler.

Chamber Music Concert
Concert with musicians of the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra. January 24. Pallas Theatre, Nicosia. 5pm. €5/ free. Tel: 22-463144. January 25. Papadakeion Municipal School of Music, Limassol.

Anahit Chaushyan
The Pharos Arts Foundation presents a piano recital with Anahit Chaushyan. January 24. The Shoe Factory, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €15/10. Tel: 96-669003

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