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The Cyprus Symphony Orchestra (CSO) will once again fill evenings with music with its latest performances under the name Moz-Art A La Haydn, starting tonight in Paphos.

The evening concerts, which will continue in Larnaca on Thursday and in Nicosia on Friday, will give audiences a chance to enjoy three excellent works by Alfred Schnittke, Dmitri Shostakovich and Joseph Haydn.

Moz-Art à la Haydn (1977), is symbolic of Schnittke’s extraordinary ability to resort to wit and irony as reaction to the daunting feelings of alienation and loss. It contains references to the two iconic Classical masters Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Joseph Haydn – hence its title – and he achieves this by using fragments from works by Mozart and Haydn. Thus, the composer gives his own refreshing perspective on the classical style and at the same time breaks established rituals such as light and stage arrangement.

Shostakovich’s first cello concerto (1959), created for the legendary Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, is a frenetically dynamic, emotionally intense and wickedly virtuosic work. It begins with the first movement – jocular marc – depicting its humour almost grotesque, by the frenetic character and emotional intensity.

One of Haydn’s most successful and frequently played London Symphonies, the no. 100, stands out for its sublimely elegant themes, its grandeur and its second movement’s musical representation of a battle. It contains an unusual usage of band percussion instruments and a striking trumpet fanfare to allude to a battle, hence its nickname, the ‘Military’ symphony.

The soloists who will take part in the concerts are Antonis Bargilly on the violin, Janna Sargerson also on the violin, and Petros Gospodinov on the cello.

The concerts will be conducted by the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the CSO, Alkis Baltas.

Moz-Art A La Haydn
Performance by the Cyprus Symphony orchestra. November 18. Cultural Centre of Polis Chrysochous Municipality, Paphos. 8.30pm. €12/7/5/3. Tel: 22-463144
November 19. Municipal Theatre, Larnaca
November 20. Pallas Theatre, Nicosia

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