The ARC Ensemble’s ‘The Viennese in Los Angeles’ Takes Viewers On A Journey


The ARC Ensemble perform works by Korngold and Kanitz (Photo: Stuart Lowe)
The ARC Ensemble carry out works by Korngold and Kanitz (Photograph: Stuart Lowe)

The Viennese in Los Angeles: Erich Korngold, Ernest Kanitz. The ARC Ensemble, (Erika Raum and Marie Bérard, violins; Steven Dann, viola; Tom Wiebe, cello; Joaquin Valdepeñas, clarinet and Kevin Ahfat, piano). April 7, 2024 at Mazzoleni Corridor, Toronto.

This previous Sunday, the Artists of The Royal Conservatory (ARC) Ensemble honoured Viennese composers Erich Korngold and Ernest Kanitz. The Ensemble’s principal purpose stays to carry out works which have been suppressed or marginalized below oppressive regimes of the twentieth century.

The four-part live performance, as launched by creative director Simon Wynberg, supplied a refreshing change with the inclusion of Glenn Gould College college students contributing Kanitz’s String Quarter in D main. As Wynberg put it, the choice to have college students carry out this piece, largely unheard because the Forties, was to encourage the following era of instrumentalists to evaluate music exterior the standard and in style classical repertoire.

Whereas each Korngold and Kanitz had been Jewish Viennese who narrowly escaped the Nazis by relocating to the U.S., Korngold discovered industrial success and acclaim whereas Kanitz remained comparatively unknown. With out a lot steerage from historic contexts for the seldom-performed works, musicians should determine for themselves how the piece must be interpreted.

Violinists Grace Wride and Miranda Hollingsworth, violist Shyler Macaggi and cellist Lexie Krakowski (Photo: Stuart Lowe)
Violinists Grace Wride and Miranda Hollingsworth, violist Shyler Macaggi and cellist Lexie Krakowski (Photograph: Stuart Lowe)

In The Royal Conservatory’s Mazzoleni Corridor, the younger String Quartet was obtained fairly effectively — maybe the very best of the live performance. Violinists Grace Wride and Miranda Hollingsworth joined violist Shyler Macaggi and cellist Lexie Krakowski in a fascinating, animated jaunt by way of Kanitz’s four-movement piece. The third motion, “Outdated Viennese Tune and Variations”, was a very compelling and joyous efficiency, made extra so by the truth that the scholars appeared like they had been having a totally good time collectively. Their enthusiasm was rewarded with standing ovations and a four-bow applause.

The afternoon’s program featured Kanitz for the primary three items, saving the ultimate efficiency for Korngold’s Piano Quintet in E main, op. 15. The artist himself is as fascinating as his music. A musical prodigy, Korngold wrote his first ballet at age 11. After fleeing Nazi Europe, he turned one of the vital influential composers within the historical past of Hollywood movies. Although his work was largely dismissed within the 40s by musical purists, it was later revived within the 70s with deserved acclaim.

Pianist Kevin Ahfat of the ARC Ensemble (Photo: Stuart Lowe)
Pianist Kevin Ahfat of the ARC Ensemble (Photograph: Stuart Lowe)

His Piano Quintet begins abruptly — an acceptable begin to a composition that’s tough to categorise. Simply as you suppose you already know the place the piece goes, the tempo out of the blue takes a dive and the piano’s ominousness contributes to a common sense of sustained chaos. It’s clear how rigorously gifted and artistic musicians should be to change motifs as typically as Korngold calls for. His profession as a Hollywood composer is particularly evident as every motion resembles a posh rating. The efficiency actually asks extra of the viewers than maybe different, extra standard works of chamber music in that it not often permits one to settle right into a constant rhythm.

The consistency is actually within the whimsy of all of it. When you may not know the place the music will take you, it’s a worthwhile journey by way of seldom heard works.

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