VivaCello Festival VivaSound III — Herbert, Dvořák and Bartok
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.
On this evening, works by Victor Herbert (4 pieces for cello and strings), Antonín Dvorák (String Quintet in E flat major, op. 97 “American”), and Béla Bartók (Piano Quintet in C major) will be performed.
Herbert is unknown even to cellists. A cellist himself, he emigrated from Ireland via Germany and Austria to the United States and became one of America's most successful composers. In the end, his domain was operetta, and maybe that's why he is less well known. It's certainly not the music, because the man knows how to entertain, which is the reason for his success in America.
When Bartók came to America, he was ill and had few contacts. His success in the United States only came after his death but was all the more lasting. Bartók is certainly one of the most important composers of the last century, and not because he had anything to do with the avant-garde. His thing was folk music of the multi-ethnic state. His piano quartet is still firmly rooted in the 19th century and the echoes of Brahms, which the 18-year-old spread out in a large work.
Dvorák's American phase was perhaps his most fruitful. He had a fantastic contract and a lot of freedom. His quintet was composed after the great success of the 9th symphony. Amazing how he found his way around the small form without any compromises.
Tickets are CHF 40 for adults, CHF 20 for students until age 26, and CHF 5 for accompanying kids up to age 12.