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Benjamin Yusupov: “Nola” and “Con moto” before Czech Premieres

The Israeli composer Benjamin Yusupov will conduct the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra in the Czech premieres of his works “Nola” for flutes and string orchestra and “Con moto” for piano and string orchestra in Brno on 12 March 2015. Matthias Ziegler will be the flute soloist and Yusupov himself will also appear as piano soloist in “Con moto”.

The Swiss flutist Matthias Ziegler commissioned Benjamin Yusupov’s concerto work “Nola” in 1994. This concerto for various flutes and string orchestra was premiered in Zurich on 31 Mai 1995 by the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and Ziegler himself conducted by Edmond de Stoutz.

Yusupov’s 2008 finished work “Con moto” exists in two versions (piano and marimba) and was premiered on 7 June 2008 at the Bilkent Concert Hall in Ankara. The work was interpreted by the soloist Chen Zimbalista (marimba) and the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Ender Sakpinar.

The Composer about “Con moto”:
“’Con moto’ for marimba (or piano) and strings was written for Chen Zimbalista. It consists of two movements. The first is highly expressive and charged with drama, building to a climax before reaching a magical marimba solo. The drama and tension are enhanced by a rhythmic ostinato, whose presence makes the movement seem thoroughly calculated. The second movement, in the form of a perpetuum mobile, is fast and virtuosic, displaying the full spectrum of the musicians’ artistic and technical abilities. Multifarious modes of playing and instrumental combinations are woven together to present a rich texture of ensemble playing. An underlying dramatic current integrates the work’s diverse musical episodes to create a conceptual whole. The duration is 15 minutes.”

12 March 2015
Besední dům Concert Hall, 7:30 PM
Czech premieres: Benjamin Yusupov
“Nola”. Concerto for various flutes and string orchestra
“Con moto” for piano and string orchestra
Matthias Ziegler (flutes)
Brno Philharmonic Orchestra
Benjamin Yusupov (direction and piano)


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