May Concerts

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For concert bookings please send an e-mail to reservasconcertos@gmail.com

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The concerts will take place in the auditorium at Os Agostos. Doors will open at 6.00pm and the concert will begin at 7.00pm. There will be wine, fruit juices and canapés available for self-service. Entry donation is €30.00 per person for guests and non-members payable in advance by bank transfer.

On Tuesday, May 24th and Thursday, May 26th we are happy to welcome back Adele Bitter and Holger Groschopp.

Adele Bitter

Adele Bitter was born in Berlin, where she absorbed vital musical influences as a child and began playing cello at an early age. After several years of study with Katharina Maechler and Dietmar Schwalke (now in the Berliner Philharmoniker), she joined the class of Prof. Gerhard Mantel at the Frankfurt Conservatory.

After graduation, Adele Bitter moved to the Hanns Eisler Hochschule in Berlin, where she was a student of Prof. Josef Schwab. Periods of study in the USA, especially in Cincinnati with Lee Fiser from the legendary LaSalle Quartet, rounded out her training. She played with the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and Ensemble Modern Orchestra, and while still a student was a member of Daniel Barenboim’s newly-founded Orchesterakademie within the Staatskapelle Berlin. Her concert exam included a performance of a cello concerto by Hans Pfitzner with the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz.

She soon took up her first post, principal cellist of the Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe, allowing her to expand her opera repertoire. Two years later she was appointed an assistant principal cellist with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, of which she remains a member while continuing her presence as a soloist and chamber musician. She is also a member of the Adamello Quartett, which often combines classical repertoire with contemporary examples (Dutilleux, Glanert, Nono, Reimann, Scelsi, etc.). She was also trained in historically-informed praxis and studied baroque cello with Christophe Coin at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Playing both continuo and solo parts in collaboration with Rinaldo Alessandrini, Karl-Friedrich Beringer, Ton Koopman, Andrew Manze, Andrea Marcon, and Helmuth Rilling has left an indelible impression on her. She has performed baroque chamber music, as well, for instance with Jos van Immerseel and the soprano Yeree Suh.

Her album with pieces for Violoncello solo by different composers who share the experience of exile and show the musical possibilities of “melting cultures” was released in February 2022. The complete recordings of the works for Cello and Piano by Polish-French Jewish composer Simon Laks (an Auschwitz survivor), with Holger Groschopp will be released during 2022.

Holger Groschopp

HOLGER GROSCHOPP

Holger Groschopp was born in Berlin and pursued his piano studies in his home city with Georg Sava. In addition he studied composition with Isang Yun and song interpretation with Aribert Reimann and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

His extensive solo career has taken him to most European countries, the Middle and Far East and North and Central America. He has performed as soloist at major European festivals (including Berlin, Salzburg and Montepulciano) and played chamber music with many prominent musicians.

Holger Groschopp is considered an expert in contemporary music and has worked intensively with composers such as Isang Yun, Pierre Boulez, Aribert Reimann, Hans Werner Henze, Heinz Holliger and others. He has had a close collaboration with Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle, the Berlin Philharmonic, the DSO Berlin and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

His nine CD’s released on the Capriccio label with transcriptions by Ferruccio Busoni were given highest acclaim by a range of international critics, including highest recommendation in BBC Music Magazine and the US magazine Fanfare.

The complete recordings of the works for Cello and Piano by Polish-French Jewish composer Simon Laks (an Auschwitz survivor), with Adele Bitter will be released during 2022.

PROGRAMME

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827):

            Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2 in g minor Íop. 5 No. 2 (1796)

                        I. Adagio sostenuto e espressivo – Allegro molto più tosto presto

                        II. Rondo (Allegro)

          Seven Variations on „Bei Männern welche Liebe fühlen“

            from Mozart’s „Magic Flute“ WoO 46 (1801)

——- Intermission ——

Enrique Granados (1867–1916)

            Madrigal for Cello and Piano (1915)

Joseph Boulnois (1884–1918):

            Sonata for Cello and Piano in g-minor (1917)

                        I. Andante tranquillo – Allegro moderato

                        II. Choral (Andante sostenuto)

                        III. Scherzo (Vivo)

                        IV. Final (Allegretto deciso)

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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)

            Sonata for Cello and Piano D major BWV 1028

                        I. Adagio

                        II. Allegro

                        III. Andante

                        IV. Allegro

Luís de Freitas Branco (Lisboa 1890 – Lisboa 1955):

            Sonata para Violoncelo e Piano (1913)

                        I. Moderato

                        II. Molto vivo

                        III. Molto moderato

                        IV. Molto vivo

——- Intermission ——

Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849):

            Introduction et Polonaise brillante in C major op. 3 (1829)

César Franck (1822–1890):

            Sonata for Cello and Piano in A major (1886)

                        I. Allegretto moderato

                        II. Allegro

                        III. Recitativo-Fantasia (Ben moderato)

                        IV. Allegretto poco mosso

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For concert bookings please send an e-mail to reservasconcertos@gmail.com

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The concerts will take place in the auditorium at Os Agostos. Doors will open at 6.00pm and the concert will begin at 7.00pm. There will be wine, fruit juices and canapés available for self-service. Entry donation is €30.00 per person for guests and non-members payable in advance by bank transfer.