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For Michala Petri, being able to perform on her 50th birthday in Tivoli Concert Hall was very special occasion. It was in that very hall that she had her debut more than four decades earlier, as well as having performed on both her 30th and 40th birthday celebration concerts.
The choice of repertoire was Michala’s own and was made based both on what would make an attractive and varied program as well as being representative of her artistry and artistic concerns. Here, the music looks back as well as ahead, and includes the works of the Baroque masters Vivaldi and Albinoni, two exciting contemporary scores composed especially for her (Vassilie’s Valere Iubere and Chen Yi’s Ancient Chinese Beauty), and at the concert’s mid-point, a beautiful Andante by Mozart.
For the remainder of the program, the ensemble of virtuosi known as the Kremerata Baltica take centre stage in the performance of two works – Nino Rota’s delightful Neo-Baroque Concerto for Strings and the enchanting Variations on Happy Birthday by Peter Heidrich.
“Petri makes the recorder sound so right in Mozart - delightful!” Gramophone
Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni: Recorder Concerto in D minor, Op. 9, No. 2
I. Allegro e non presto
Yi Chen: The Ancient Chinese Beauty
I. The Clay Figurines
II. The Ancient Totems
III. The Dancing Ink
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Andante in C major, K. 315
Andante in C major, K. 315
Nino Rota: Concerto for Strings
Artem Vassiliev: Valere lubere (To say goodbye)
Valere lubere (To say goodbye)
Antonio Vivaldi: Recorder Concerto in C major, RV 443
III. Allegro molto
Peter Heidrich: Variations on Happy Birthday
Variations on Happy Birthday: Variation 11 (in the style of film music) - Polka/Waltz - Variation 13 (in the style of tango) - Csardas
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