VivaCello Festival VivaSound I — Haydn, Suk, Dvořák and Mozart

Stadtkirche Liestal
Thursday, 08 September

After a four-year break, the fabulous VivaCello Festival is back! This edition, which is called "Furiant," will take place once again in the old town of Liestal with a total of 13 concerts, including atmospheric morning concerts in the Mooi restaurant, after-work concerts in the Kulturscheune, and symphony and chamber concerts in the Stadtkirche that tell of the rich musical culture of Bohemia. The Bohemian dance "Furiant," which means "enthusiastic," sets the standard for the music and protagonists of this festival that is all about the cello.
For this concert, cellists Julia Hagen, Paul Handschke, and Maximilian Hornung will be accompanied by CHAARTS Chamber artists, playing works by Haydn, Suk, Dvorák, and Mozart. Dvorák, who was already world-famous at the time, noticed “too much melancholy” in the music of his highly gifted pupil Josef Suk and recommended that he compose something “in a good mood”. The ingenious 18-year-old took the sporting challenge and the well-intentioned request of his teacher literally and in 1892 wrote a revitalizing and extremely entertaining masterpiece, the String Serenade, which is only in major keys and is heard far too seldom. A year later, in the "best time of his life" and in the company of Czech emigrants, Dvorák spent the summer months in Iowa and wrote one of his most enchanting chamber music works for himself and fellow musicians present, the quintet “Waldesruhe,” which sparkles with fresh and refreshing folk sounds and draws on the previously achieved great success of the 9th symphony.
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Stadtkirche Liestal
Rosengasse 1
4410 Liestal

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