Cyprus Mail

The clarinet takes the stage

The Cyprus Symphony Orchestra with soloist Spyros Mourikis on clarinet and conductor Dimitris Botinis will perform a concert on Thursday in Pyla, Larnaca and on Friday in Nicosia under the name L’arte, Sempre Libera.

The evening will include Pastoral d’ été by Arthur Honegger, Study for solo clarinet and orchestra by Cypriot composer Marios Christou, Fantasy on Themes from Verdi’s La Traviata for clarinet and string orchestra by Donato Lovreglio and Symphony no. 1 in C major, op. 21 by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Honneger’s symphonic poem Pastoral d’ été perfectly describes the mood of a serene dawn on the Swiss Alps, where the composer wrote the piece in 1920. Christou’s Study for solo clarinet, which will have its Cyprus premiere, combines the modality and rhythms of the Middle East, with the techniques of motivic development and sense of formal unity of the West, and with more modernist approaches.

Lovreglio tastefully used the overture and several arias from Verdi’s opera La Traviata in his effervescent Fantasia for solo clarinet and strings, which abounds with exquisite melodic flourishes and cadenzas for the clarinet.

L’arte, Sempre Libera
Performance by the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra and soloists Spyros Mourikis. February 18. UCLan Cyprus, Pyla, Larnaca. 8.30pm. €12/7. Tel: 22-463144
Pallas Theatre, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €12/7. Tel: 22-463144

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