11th Festival of Symphonic Music: Ensembles from South Korea, Italy, Turkey and Austria delight audience


ALGIERS – A concert of music dedicated to lyrical song and string instruments has been given Monday in Algiers, as part of the 11th International Festival of Symphonic Music (Fcims).

A duet, a trio, a quartet and a quintet, respectively, followed each other for nearly two hours on the stage of the Boualem-Bessaïh Opera House, presenting to the audience a varied programs from different periods of universal music as well as others more contemporary.

For the first time in Algiers, the ensemble, “Duo korean”, composed by pianist Eunji Han and soprano singer Hyeyoung Kim, seduced the audience with a variety of pieces written by great composers, namely; Claude Debussy, R. Strauss , F. Obradros, G. Donizetti, Charles Gounod and Leonard Bernstein in particular.

With a soft and crystalline voice, Hyeyoung Kim delighted the audience, showing her great abilities to reach, with ease, notes to the highest degrees, supported by Eunji Han, a piano virtuoso who also spreads all his know how, to the delight of the spectators who have long applauded the two artists.

The soprano Barbara Favali, the tenor Enrico Zagni, and the pianist Carlo Ardizzoni, forming the “Italian Trio”, delivered a performance of high quality, interpreting fifteen short pieces, C. Lombardo, F. Lahr and a series of songs drawn from the terroir and the Italian tradition.

In a completely different atmosphere, the Turkish quartet, “Ensemble CSO Cello Quartet”, represented by the cellists, Ibrahim Aydogdu, Yigit Tan, Yaz Irmak and Omar Sengler, embarked the audience in a dreamlike journey, through a dozen pieces most contemporary, designed in different styles of music by renowned composers.

Among the composers and plays that the Turkish quartet has chosen to interpret, the Italian Enio Morricone and the piece he composed for the famous western movie “The good, the bad and the ugly”, “Bohemian Rhapsody” of the great Fredy Mercury, singer of the mythical English group, “The Queen”, “Oblivion” by A. Piazzola, “Moon River” by H. Mancini, “Lorca tango” by T. Erdener, or “Austrias”, score of an acute difficulty, written by L. Albaniz for guitar and brilliantly taken up by the quartet of cellos.

Long applauded by the public, the “Ensemble CSO Cello Quartet” then gave way to the Austrian quintet, “Concilium Musicum Wien” which, in a quieter repertoire, performed a dozen pieces, including, the four movements of ” Entertainment “by J. Haydn,” Salon Polka “by J. Strauss (father) and” Berceuse et danse pour violon “by Paul Angerer.

In solemn atmospheres, the musicians, Christoph Angerer (violin-viola), Milan Nikolic (violin), Bernhard Aichner (cello), Damian Saul Posse Robles (double bass) and Robert Pinkl (flute), forming the Austrian quintet, shined with technical mastery and dexterity.

In the presence of ambassadors and representatives of accredited diplomatic missions in Algiers of the four countries on display in particular, the public was delighted during this evening which brought together different styles of music.

“A beautiful evening, quality music and a wonderful audience,” said a spectator with her two children.

Sixteen countries are participating in the 11th International Symphonic Music Festival, which continues until October 17 at the Boualem-Bessaïh Opera House in Algiers, with Sweden, Japan and Russia scheduled for Tuesday.




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