AMPAG, Musica Viva Musica Viva:Nicolas Altstaedt & Aleksandar Madžar

Nicolas Altstaedt & Aleksandar Madžar

September 2017

Mon 11 

07:00 PM

Musica Viva

Musica Viva

2 Angel Place

SydneyNSW

 
 

Two brilliant adventurers set out across an enthralling musical landscape when Nicolas Altstaedt and Aleksandar Madžar step onto the stage. The programs chosen by this intrepid duo offer a delicious survey of Romantic and modern cello sonatas from Debussy, Britten, Shostakovich and many more.

Two brilliant adventurers set out across an enthralling musical landscape when Nicolas Altstaedt and Aleksandar Madžar step onto the stage. This is how great artists play: with imagination, with attention to style, with flexibility of technique, and above all a great sense of being in love with the music. As a result, every recital feels fresh and exciting, glowing with a sense of discovery. ‘How will we play this worktoday?’

Nicolas Altstaedt is a leading light of his generation, with a diverse career that encompasses orchestral concertos, artistic direction, festival programming, and of course chamber music (usually the bit that all musicians like best!). Aleksandar Madžar is no less accomplished, as a busy soloist, teacher and a particularly sought-after chamber music colleague.

The tour repertoire chosen by this intrepid duo offers a delicious survey of cello sonatas. Brahms’s second sonata, the earliest music on the program, served in varying degrees as inspiration for all the others. Debussy’s Cello Sonata was a late work, written in difficult days; its satisfied composer mused on the ‘power of the right chord in the right place’. Nadia Boulanger’s Three Pieces give a tantalising, attractive glimpse of a composer more renowned for teaching. Possibly the only well-known American not to study with her was Samuel Barber, whose Sonata cellists love to play because ‘it lets the cello sing.’ Shostakovich’s Sonata is a relatively early piece, composed after he had broken up with his wife but before he married her again, which perhaps explains its extraordinary emotional journey. And a little homage to Shostakovich (a four-note motif based on his initials) sneaks its way into the Sonata by Britten. Taking us up to the present day is a new work from a young Australian composer, who happens to be a cellist as well: Adelaide’s Jakub Jankowski.

Join us for program 2 at the weekend concert on Saturday 16 September, 2pm.

For more information and to buy tickets visit:

musicaviva.com.au/Nicolas

or call our friendly box office on: 1800 688 482