Carlos Federico Sepúlveda, conductor Edoardo Torbianelli, fortepiano Ludovic van Hellemont, fortepiano PROGRAM Johannes Brahms Liebeslieder. Waltzes op. 52 & op. 65 Our "a Cappella" cycle, explicitly dedicated to La Cetra Vocal Ensemble, has fortunately become firmly established in Basel in a very short time. At the beginning of the 2022/23 season, the choir, with its undiminished love of experimentation, will venture onto the stage with three innovations: for once, the core of the September 29 program will not be Renaissance or Baroque music, but Romantic, one could almost say "salon music" by Brahms! In 1868 Johannes Brahms conceived his "Liebeslieder-Walzer" for four solo voices and piano four hands, quasi for home use. Later, under pressure from his publisher Simrock, a version without vocals was written. A performance with chorus, which Brahms had initially met with reluctance, finally also received the approval of its strict creator. The classical Hans Huber Hall of the Stadtcasino Basel, based on plans from the late 19th century, where we are staging a concert for the first time, is certainly in keeping with the bourgeois, cheerful character. And very attentive fans of La Cetra might object that the "a Capella" program features two pianists...? We counter that in this cycle the choir will continue to sing without the accompanying "band", La Cetra Barockorchester Basel. La Cetra's ideological stance regarding a certain approach to music will of course not be shaken, from which it follows that the two guests Edoardo Torbianelli and Ludovic van Hellemont will play on period instruments.
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