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Alexander Knaifel at the Festival „eclat“ 2005 in Stuttgart

The Festival “éclat” takes place annually in Stuttgart under the auspices of the Southwest German Broadcasting Corporation and the editorial board of “Musik der Jahrhunderte” (Music of the Centuries). A new round will be under way from 27 January until 1 February 2005, during the course of which the Russian composer Alexander Knaifel will be featured in a portrait concert on 28 January 2005 at 8 o’clock PM.

The composer, born in St. Petersburg in 1943, is still rather little known in south-western Germany. He first studied cello with Mstislav Rostropovich before turning exclusively to composition. In the meantime, his catalogue of compositions has grown to almost 100 items. The programming of four works from different periods at the “éclat” Festival will surely give a representative overview of the various facets of his production. Grotesque qualities, extensive contemplation, fragile calm and ironically intoned noisemaking are often roughly juxtaposed. Works by Sergei Nevsky and Manuel Hildago will be presented alongside Knaifel’s music.

Knaifel’s works at the concert on 28 January 2005 will be:

1.

Two Pieces for flute, viola, piano and percussion

2.

A new work for soprano, bass, harpsichord/celesta, trombone and violoncello (world premiere)

3.

“The Petrograd Sparrows” – a phantasmagorical suite in 14 scenes