A photoshoot with Schubert!

 was asked to do a photoshoot of the Kammerorchester Kloten with their new conductor Francois Girard Garcia last Saturday. Of course, I stayed for the concert. However, given they played the 7th symphony of Schubert, I did not feel I had a choice! It was a wonderful event, and I am looking forward to attending their next performance!


Equipment: Nikon D750 | Nikkor 20-35 2.8 |Tamron 28-75 mm 2.8


A super trio is born!

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend a concert of Trio Lusinea. Trio Lusinea is an unusual combination of three instruments: a bassoon, a flute and a harp. The trio consists of three friends and world-class musicians: Valeria Curti (Bassoon), Isabel Goller (Harp) and Annina Rusch (Flute). In the cozy environment of Atelier 17A in Zurich, they played works of Ravel,Yun, Glinka, Bozza and Jolivet.

It was a fantastic event and if their performance made one thing clear it was this: a new super trio is born.

Thanks, Valeria, Isabel, and Annina. I am looking forward to seeing and hearing you again soon!

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Equipment: Panasonic Lumix G7 | Olympus 17mm1.8 | Olympus 45mm1.8 |Panasonic 14-42 3.5-5.6


 

Classical Music and Baroque Dance in Bad Zurzach (CH)

Saturday May 20, 2017, the Hochrheinisches Kammerorchester had a festive concert to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Conducted by Leonardo Muzii, they played a very interesting program.

The concert started with the ‘Kleine Sinfonie’ by Paul Juon. A beautiful piece, with a delicate balance between romantic and modern music.  This was followed by the ‘Violin concert in D-Moll’ by Felix Mendelssohn. The soloist for this concert was Giovanni Barbato. A performance I will remember for a long time.

After the break the orchestra was joined by the Compagnie enSuite. They performed baroque dances while the orchestra was playing pieces by Lully, Delalande, Rameaux, Telemann and de la Coste. It was clear that the dancers were extremely skilled. Despite the (obvious) need to dance perfectly synchronized, it was clear the dancers really mastered their act: they cleary had a tremendous amount of fun.


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All pictures taken with the Olympus OMD-EM10 camera and 17mm 1.8 and 45mm 1.8 (prime) lenses, and 14-42  Zoom kit lens in RAW. Post-processed in Adobe Lightroom.


Dvorak and Gounod in Meiringen

Sunday evening May 7, 2017 I was in Meiringen (Switzerland) to attend a concert of the Orchestverein Interlaken. One of the reasons why Meiringen is well known is due it’s Reichenbachfall which plays an important role in “The final problem”, a book by Conan Doyle about his hero Sherlock Holmes.

Meiringen also has a beautiful church, and this was the venue where the concert of Orchestverein Interlaken took place. The orchestra was conducted by Leonardi Muzii and played two works. The first one was the Concert for Violin in A-moll Opus 53 by Dvorak. Here the solo part was play by Alexandre Dubach.

It was an incredible performance. The audience was so enthusiastic that Leonardi Muzii and Alexandre Dubach decided to repeat part of the Dvorak concert. Alexandre Dubach really enjoyed it, and was so enthusiastic that he decided to share his bouquet of roses with Leonardi Muzii and some of the players in the orchestra.

The second work was the second symphony of Gounod in Es-Dur. An incredibly powerful romantic piece. This was the first time I heard the being played live. I was incredibly impressed with the conductor and the orchestra. It is a very, very difficult piece due to all the different tempi and counter melodies and the performance was one I will never forget.

A wonderful review (in German) of the concert has been written by Lia Näpflin in the Jungfrauzeitung. This review also contains a video fragment and two of the pictures I took.


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All pictures taken with the Olympus OMD-EM10 camera and 17mm 1.8 and 45mm 1.8 (prime) lenses in RAW. Post-processed in Adobe Lightroom.


 

Great Benefit Concert for Nepalese Orphans

Sunday April 30, 2017 I had the privilege to attend a great benefit concert organized by Kul Prasad ‘Kishna’ Shiwakotiin the beautiful Zunfthaus zur Waag, Zürich. Purpose of the concert was to collect money for Nepalese children who had become orphans as a result of the 2015 Earthquake. With the money the children would be able to attend school, rather than being forced to work.

The performance by Betül Ayaydin (piano), Carolyn Hopkins Marti (Cello) and Simon Hänni (clarinet) was fantastic. The trio performed the ‘Trio for Piano, Clarinet and Cello Opus 38’ by Ludwig van Beethoven, and one of my ‘all time’ favorites: ‘Trio for Piano, Clarinet and Cello Opus 114’ by Johannes Brahms. This was one of the most intensive concerts I ever attended, and I will remember it the rest of my life.

For more information about the project for the Nepalese Orphans please contact pyaro.krishna ‘at’ gmail.com. You can transfer your gift to IBAN CH40 0900 0000 3141 5546 0


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All pictures taken with the Sony RX100 Mark I camera due to its (silent) electronic shutter.


 

The Küffner Gals in concert

The Hague Public Library at the Spui has a great tradition of organizing lunch concerts. On April 20, 2017, I had the pleasure to attend a concert of ‘The Küffner Gals’. The Küffner Gals are Maryse Legault and Adrianna van Leeuwen, two extremely talented Canadian clarinet players who have chosen to play on classical clarinets.

Playing a classical clarinet poses a number of challenges, the most important one being that the fingering system is completely different from modern (Reform Boehm) clarinets.

The program consisted of works by Joseph Küffner, Francois Devienne, Ignaz Pleyel and Amand Vanderhagen. It was a wonderful concert, and it was great to see that both the players, as well as the public, had a great time.


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All pictures taken with the Olympus OMD-EM10 camera and 17mm 1.8 and 45mm 1.8 (prime) lenses in RAW. Post-processed in Adobe Lightroom.


 

Great performance of Orchester Wallisellen and Valeria Curti!

The ‘Orchester Wallisellen’, conducted by Leonardo Muzii, gave another wonderful performance last Sunday (April 2, 2017) at the Roman Catholic Church in Dietlikon. There was also a great performance by Valeria Curti, who joined the orchestra for the Concert for bassoon and orchestra by Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868).

The following pieces were played:

  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778-1837) – Ouverture opus 101
  • Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) – Konzert für Fagott und Orchester
  • Franz Schubert (1797-1828) – Sinfonie No. 2 in B-dur

All pictures taken with the Olympus OMD-EM10 camera with the 17 mm 1.8 and 45 mm 1.8 lenses. Post processing in Lightroom.


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Another Great Performance of the KOTH!

Sunday March 12, 2017, I had the privilege to attend another concert of our very own Kammerorchester Thalwil (Thalwil Chamber Orchestra). It was a wonderful concert, during which the orchestra, conducted by Maya Wenger (a source of energy and inspiration), played the following pieces:

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Les petits riens KV 299b
  • Sergej Rachmaninov – Vocalise op. 34 No. 14
  • Joseph Haydn – Concert for French Horn and strings Hob VII:3 and Hob VII:4
  • Bela Bartok – Romanian Folk Dances
  • Felix Mendelsohn – For He shall give His angels

Matthias Kofmehl, the soloist of the evening, wonderfully played the French Horn during the concert of Joseph Haydn.


All pictures taken with my Olympus OMD-E-M10 with the standard 14-42 mm kit lens. Pictures were post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.

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