InterHarmony International Music Festival Impresses with Romantic Impressions at Carnegie Hall on November 5, 2016 at 8PM

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InterHarmony® International Music Festival opens its 2016 Concert Series with a burst of color in this kaleidoscopic program, featuring violin, cello, piano and soprano in ever-changing ensembles. For more information, visit http://www.interharmony.com

InterHarmony International Music Festival Artists to perform in Romantic Impressions at Carnegie Hall on November 5, 2016. Misha Quint, cello, Leonid Yanovskiy, violin, Anya Fidelia, soprano, Irina Nuzova, piano, Chih-Long Hu, piano

InterHarmony International Music Festival Artists to perform in Romantic Impressions at Carnegie Hall on November 5, 2016.

Love! love! love! is the soul of a genius ~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The InterHarmony® International Music Festival opens its 2016 concert series with a burst of color in this kaleidoscopic program, featuring violin, cello, piano and soprano in ever-changing ensembles. Join Founder Misha Quint (cello) and festival artists as they celebrate music’s direct connection to the heart. Tickets are $40, and can be purchased by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, at the Carnegie Hall box office located at West 57th and Seventh Avenue, or online at http://www.carnegiehall.org.

“Love! love! love! is the soul of a genius”: these words from Mozart’s family album could be a motto for all music. In Romantic Impressions, composers explore all aspects of the greatest of human feelings. From the redemptive power of Shostakovich’s rarely performed masterpiece "7 Romances on Poems by Alexander Blok" to the sentimental sigh of Debussy’s waltz "La plus due lente", from the poetry of Rachmaninov’s greatest love song, to the wordless wistfulness of André Previn’s "Vocalise": if music be the food of love, play on, play on ...

Liszt’s famous "Liebestraum, No. 3" is a nostalgic nocturne based on his song ‘Oh, love, as long as one can love!’, clinging to a love that has already become a memory. In his transcription of Wagner’s "Liebestod", the climax of "Tristan and Isolde", Liszt adapts this central statement of the transformative power of love with a reverent faithfulness. The next two are inescapably paired: "Liebesleid" and "Liebesfreud", love’s sorrow and love’s joy. Rachmaninov’s works are pianistic reinventions of Kreisler’s dances: playful, daunting and dramatic. Roques takes us in the opposite direction, adapting Debussy’s dream-like waltz "La plus due lente", for the violin. In these sweet, autumnal meanderings, Debussy is at his most winning. But, as he wrote, “sometimes my days are as dusky, dark, and mute as those of a hero from Edgar Allan Poe and my soul is as romantic as a Chopin Ballade.” His "Sonata for Cello and Piano" has something of both these antecedents; in it, Debussy fights the encroaching silence and wins. The gentle fall of "Sing not, o lovely one", to me, from Rachmaninov’s first collection of songs, brings back the memory of “that other life and distant shore”, which not even present love can suppress. Massenet’s "Élégie" finds the singer recalling “sweet springtimes past,” her song overflowing, its emotions too great to be contained by one instrument. André Previn’s "Vocalise", in which aria and obbligato seem to bid each other a long farewell, is sparser than its model, Rachmaninov, but all the more haunting. Shostakovich’s "7 Romances on Poems by Alexander Blok" is his call “to brave the darkness and the rain” and find refuge, even salvation, in the beauty of music: “oh, how much music God has, what sounds exist in the world!” This musical monument to the human voice is his ultimate statement of survival in dark times. Performers include Anya Fidelia (soprano), Leonid Yanovskiy (violin), Misha Quint (cello), Chih-Long Hu (piano), Irina Nuzova (piano). To learn more about InterHarmony, a classical music festival go to http://www.interharmony.com

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