|Concert No. 4 in the “Classica” series|
Eduard Topchjan, Conductor
Assi Matathias, Violin
Beethoven: “Coriolan” Overture Opus 62
Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D Major Opus 61
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D Major Opus 36
Saturday, February 4, 2017 at
Tickets: NIS 150
Senior Citizen: NIS 120
Student: NIS 60
Soldiers mayenter without tickets based on the availability of seats.
On Monday at 19:00there will be a fascinating introductory lecture by music critic and scholar Yossi Shiffman: “First steps in the world of symphonies.” There is a nominal entrance fee. Highly recommended for all music lovers!
The fourth concert in the Classica series of the Israel Sinfonietta Beer-Sheva focuses on works by Ludwig von Beethoven conducted by Maestro Eduard Topchjan. The concert opens with the “Coriolan” Overture, music written for a play by Heinrich von Collin about the early days of the Roman Republic.
After that they will perform the Violin Concerto in D Major. This piece was commissioned by the violinist Franz Clement. The composer only completed the work shortly before the premiere was to take place, and the violinist had to perform it without rehearsals. The work was not well-received by the audience at first, which is not surprising given that a complex, difficult piece was not rehearsed. This is why the piece then had to wait 38 years for its next performance by the famous violinist Joseph Joachim, who brought it to its rightful place in the repertoire and managed to get a large audience to recognize the symphonic proportions ofthis major violin concerto!
Also on the concert: Symphony No. 2 in D Major. This symphony was composed in 1802 when Beethoven was 32 years old. At this point he had already been living in Vienna for ten years and was named "the greatest pianist of his generation".He also became known as a composer of daring and extraordinary originality. But because of his acute hearing problems, he suffered from depression which almost overwhelmed him during this period. This was Beethoven’s first “mature” symphony. Although it is full of life and joy, it is not innocent joy. It fuses the super-human energy that characterizes the music of Beethoven with a considerable degree of bitterness.
Conducting the concert is Maestro Eduard Topchjan who began his career studying the violin at the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan in Armenia. His conducting career was launched in 1991 when he founded the Serenade Chamber Orchestra. In 2000 he collaborated with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Armenia and was appointed Artistic Director and the orchestra's PrincipalConductor.In 2007 the Ministry of Culture of Armenia awarded him with Meritorious Worker of Art title. In 2011 he was awarded a Gold Medal of the Ministry of Culture of Armenia.
Violinist Assi Matathias began his violin studies at the age of six and made his debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra when he was fourteen years old. He has since performed with leading orchestras in Israel and Europe. In addition, he often plays in chamber music concerts and at festivals and has appeared on the main stages of the music world.