Golijov's music for clarinet and string quartet

Friday 20 April 2018,
Room 52
Free, just drop in, limited seating

The festival is organised by the British Museum and the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and made possible by the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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A performance of Osvaldo Golijov’s epic distillation of Jewish musical culture, from Hebrew chant to klezmer, for clarinet and string quartet, played by David Orlowsky and the Quartetto di Cremona.

Golijov’s music bridges the gap between East European Jewish klezmer music and the rhythmic world of South America. The music of this performance points to the universally relevant issue of exiled and pariah peoples – in the same room as the ancient Cyrus Cylinder, itself an early declaration of human rights. The Cyrus Cylinder is named after Cyrus the Great, who ended the Babylonian captivity of the Jews.

David Orlowsky clarinet
Cristiano Gualco violin 1
Paolo Andreol violin 2
Simone Gramaglia viola
Giovanni Scaglione cello

Osvaldo Golijov (b. 1960)
Isaac the Blind

Clarinettist David Orlowsky is a musician of tremendous expressiveness and depth, one of today's leading interpreters of clarinet repertoire ranging from Mozart to Golijov to klezmer. He has recorded seven discs which have received two Echo Klassik awards and won him a large and devoted following. He has appeared both as a soloist and with his trio at a number of major festivals and venues, including the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Beethovenfest, Lucerne Festival, Gidon Kremer’s Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival and the Moritzburg Festival. An avid chamber musician, David collaborates regularly with celebrated performers such as Daniel Hope, Andreas Haefliger, Vilde Frang, the Fauré Quartet, Nils Moenkemeyer, and the vocal sextet Singur Pur, with whom he won a 2011 Echo Klassik award. He also collaborates regularly with the Vogler Quartet, with whom he recorded a critically acclaimed Sony album featuring the works of Mozart and Golijov. David maintains close relationships with major contemporary composers such as Torsten Rasch, Matan Porat and David Bruce. Born in Germany in 1981, David studied with Manfred Lindner at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen and with Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. He is currently based in Berlin.

Since its formation in 2000, the Quartetto di Cremona has established a reputation as one of the most exciting chamber ensembles on the international stage. Regularly invited to perform at the most important festivals and concert seasons across Europe, South America, the US and the Far East, the Quartet has garnered universal acclaim from critics and audiences alike for its high level of interpretive artistry. They are a regular feature on radio and television broadcasts around the world (RAI, WDR, BBC, VRT, SDR, ABC) performing their extensive repertoire which ranges from early Haydn to contemporary music. 2017 marked the release of the final volume in their complete recording of the Beethoven quartets on the Audite label. Among their most recent accolades was the Supersonic Award by Pizzicato Magazine and the Echo Klassik 2017 prize both given to the seventh volume of the Beethoven cycle. The Quartetto di Cremona has recently made its debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with a standing ovation success, and will return to the new Muziekgebouw in January 2018 for the prestigious String Quartet Biennale. Recent and upcoming noteworthy engagements include performances in Hamburg, Vancouver, Zurich, Stockholm, Geneva and Madrid.

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