07.04.2015 /Tuesday/
7:00 PM
Hall 1 of the Festival and Congress Center

The Great European Orchestras

Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Mario Hossen violin
Leon Bosch double bass

Program:

Antonin Dvorak - Serenade for strings op.22 E Dur
Giovani Bottesini - Gran duo concertante for violin, double bass and strings
Eduard Elgar - Serenade for strings
Benjamin Britten - Simple symphony


The celebrated London chamber orchestra The Academy of St Martin in the Fields will have its first guest performance in Bulgaria.

There is hardly anyone among those lured into the magic world of classical music heritage who does not rate the name of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields as being synonymous with perfect musicianship. The audience in Varna has the exclusive privilege to applaud for the first time in Bulgaria the acclaimed London orchestra and to listen to its crystal sound and amazing purity of musical lines at a live performance. Founded by Sir Neville Marriner as a string chamber ensemble, the orchestra is named after the famous London cathedral St. Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square, where it performed its first concert in November 1959. The Academy of St Martin in the Fields played a key role for the rediscovery of baroque music in British and European concert practices. In the course of 55 years the famous ensemble has built its flawless reputation through hundreds of performances in all big world concert halls and particularly through their huge recorded sound heritage, which includes works ranging from baroque to modern music. The Academy of St Martin in the Fields is one of the world most recorded orchestras for all times with over 500 albums released by recording giants such as Decca, Naxos, Sonny, Philips and EMI. Mozart occupies a special place in the discography of the orchestra.

It was not a mere coincidence that Sir Neville Marriner and his musicians were invited to record the soundtrack to the Oscar winning cult film Amadeus, which earned them 13 golden discs and Oscar for best sound. In 1996, another soundtrack recorded by the orchestra for the film The English Patient won four big awards for music Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Grammy. The orchestra has won a number of awards for its outstanding achievements such as the Queens Award for Export Achievement, Edison Award, etc. Since 2011, the Music Director of the ensemble has been the virtuoso American violinist Joshua Bell. The latest sound recording projects of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields have been carried out under his guidance and with his participation Symphonies Nos. 4 and 7 by Beethoven (March 2013) and the violin concertos of J. S. Bach (September 2014).

At their concert in Varna, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields will perform with its original string ensemble. The programme includes typical works for string orchestra by Dvořák, Bottesini, Elgar and Britten. Guest soloists will be Bulgarian violinist Mario Hossen, a favourite of the audience, and the virtuoso British double bassist Leon Bosch.

http://www.asmf.org/
http://www.leonbosch.co.uk/
http://www.mariohossen.com/

 

 
   
 
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