Musica Vitae

Nadar’s composers

Sunday 28 June 2020 • 1.30 p.m. • 30' • Closed doors
Kerk, Landcommanderij Alden Biesen, Kasteelstraat 6, 3740 Bilzen

As a renowned portrait photographer; Nadar saw several composers in front of his lens, in addition to French politicians, actors and musicians. Within two programmes, Musica Vitae presents musical portraits of different composers that Nadar brought together in his studio and immortalized in photos.

During the first part, the opening concert, Musica Vitae is reinforced by Benjamin Glorieux on cello for a performance of Gioachino Rossini's Une Larme (a tear). The title reflects the theme's grief and is a nod to Pierrot's tear, the reference to his love for Columbina who left him with Harlequin. After this Musica Vitae brings Les Fossiles from Le Carnaval des Animaux by Camille Saint-Saëns. As in Danse Macabre, the sounds of the xylophone depict the sound of bones, which can again be associated with Nadar, who was the first photographer to descend into the Paris catacombs to capture them on photo. After that, we switch to different variations of old-fashioned folk songs, such as the well-known Kortjakje and Au clair de la lune.

The second program session starts with a dramatic celebration by Franz Liszt followed by an overture from Camille Saint-Saëns to Le Déluge. Musica Vitae then plays an Andantino from Giuseppe Verdi's only surviving piece of chamber music, his String Quartet. Finally, the concert ends with a selection of Debussy's Epighraphes antiques, inspired by the poems of Pierre Louÿs.

Musica Vitae Chamber Orchestra is the ensemble that brings music to each and every individual member of the audience. The repertoire consists of baroque and romantic as well as modernist and contemporary music from a wide variety of genres. The ensemble presents musically unconventional constellations, continually forging new ties with leading soloists, conductors and composers worldwide.

Musica Vitae appear on stages big and small in Sweden and abroad. Internationally, the orchestra has been warmly greeted in China, the United States, Greece, Switzerland, Germany and Spain to name but a few countries. In the year 2017 Musica Vitae performed at the Nobel Banquet in Stockholm and in October 2018 Musica Vitae made a highly successful tour to Japan with sold out concerts in and around Tokyo. Their versatile repertoire is regularly seen, heard and reviewed in digital and print media. The orchestra’s latest CD Fanny & Felix (2019) has received a lot of praise.

Musica Vitae is a part of Musik i Syd. Musik i Syd is a music institution in the Skåne and Kronoberg regions of Sweden that aims to give people access to creative and live music experiences.

Dorota Siuda, Concertmaster - Vladimir Lourtchuk, Marco Mazzeo & Sofie Sunnerstam, First violin - Henrik Gårsjö, Erika Sävström, Mårten Sundén & Matthys van Gestel, Second violin - Daniel Eklund, Gunnar Jedvik & Marie Ring, Viola - Rickard Müller & Willem Stam, Cello - Joel Larsson, Double-bass