December 11, 2013
Buenos Aires classical music season drawing to an end
MOZARTEUM SEASON ENDS. The last concert of Mozarteum’s current season will be held this week. The Dutch ensemble Combattimento Consort will play two recitals of music by composers of the Age of Enlightenment: Mozart, Haydn and Rameau. Combattimento Consort, which hails from Amsterdam, was created by Jan Willem de Vriend 30 years ago. The ensemble specializes in music from the Baroque and Classical periods, respecting the aesthetics of that music but using “modern” instruments instead of the so-called “original” ones.
Combattimento Consort has a wide-ranging repertoire, including unpublished works (referring to those manuscripts transcribed by a team of researchers), and it plays concerts and opera the world over.
The Mozarteum concerts will be played at the Teatro Colón today, and Wednesday 30 at 8.30pm. The programme features Mozart’s Divertimento K 251, Nannerl Septet; Haydn’s Concerto No. 1 for cello and orchestra, and Symphony No. 44; and Rameau’s suite from Les Boréades.
Tickets are on sale at the theatre and are also available from tuentrada.com. For more information visit mozarteumargentino.org.
NEW AT THE CETC. The latest work developed at the Centro de Experimentación del Teatro Colón (CETC) — a concert entitled Dúo, trío, cuarteto — premières Thursday. It will be played by Germany’s Modern Ensamble, with Bruno Mesz as guest pianist.The Modern Ensamble musicians (two trumpets, horn and piano) will play all possible combinations and as soloists. The programme features music by Edison Dennisov, Alexander Wustin, Marcelo Perticone, Chikage Imai, Elliott Carter, Herbert Grassl, Martín Matalón and the première of pieces commisioned to Adalberto Vidal by the CETC.
After performing together for 10 years, trumpet players Valentín Garvie and Sava Stoianov formed a trio with Saar Berger (horn). This will be the first time they share a concert with Bruno Mesz, who will play interludes and a solo piano piece by Vidal.
Four concerts have been scheduled for this week, with different programmes. On Thursday 31 and Saturday, November 2, they will play music by the above-mentioned composers. On Friday, November 1, and on Sunday 3 they will only play music by Vidal. All concerts start at 8.30pm, except the Sunday programme, set to begin at 5pm. This is your chance to enjoy classical music written in this era. Tickets are on sale at the Colón, Tucumán 1155.
BEBE DOM’S LAST PERFORMANCE. Bebe Dom’s last performance at the Teatro Colón will be held on Tuesday at 8.30pm. This controverted opera was composed by Mario Perusso (who also conducts), on a libretto by Horacio Ferrer. Perusso was appointed resident-composer of the Colón in 2010, meaning he works for the theatre and his works are performed there (the ideal situation for composers and creators!). Since his appointment, Perusso wrote a Sinfonía lírica for voices and orchestra, and the opera Fedra, two years ago.
Bebe Dom o La Ciudad Planeta is a surrealist opera about a utopian city, a metaphor for the entire planet. The production was made at the Colón, and all singers are Argentine. If you’re interested in contemporary music, this is a must. Tickets, $50 and up, are on sale at the theatre.