Music from the 20th century that impresses with its elegance and wit, an 18th century cello concerto that surprises with abrupt twists and strong dynamic contrasts, and a 19th century serenade that is at times reminiscent of a csardas.
All this can be discovered in the concert with works by Jean Françaix, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Julius Beliczay..
While Françaix's works should above all give pleasure (»Musique pour faire plaisir«), as his Symphonie d'archets of 1948 proves most beautifully, the maxim of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, the second eldest of four Bach sons who also composed, was: »Me thinks the music should primarily touch the heart«. Almost exactly 200 years before Françaix's symphony, he was employed at the court of Frederick II in Berlin and wrote his Cello Concerto in A minor in the so-called sensitive style of the period between the Baroque and Classical eras. The soloist is the young Serbian cellist Marko Simic.
It is obvious that the composer of the third piece, the Serenade for string orchestra op. 36, comes from Hungary. The railway engineer Julius, or Gyula, Beliczay was one of Hungary's most famous composers during his lifetime, but today he is almost forgotten.
Yet another reason to listen to the Berlin Cappella Chamber Orchestra with music that is fun and touches the heart.
1st concert on June 3rd, 2023 in the Matthäus-Kirche, Matthäikirchplatz 1, 10785 Berlin Tiergarten. 6 p.m
2nd concert on June 4th, 2023 Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Hauptstrasse 47-48, 10827 Berlin-Schoeneberg. 17 o'clock