World class musicians open Sidmouth Music concert season

Daniel Rowland and Maja Bogdanovic. Picture: Sarah Wijzenbeek

Daniel Rowland and Maja Bogdanovic. Picture: Sarah Wijzenbeek - Credit: Archant

The latest Sidmouth Music season of classical concerts will begin on Saturday, October 12, with a performance by two world class musicians at Sidmouth Parish Church.

Violinist Daniel Rowland and cellist Maja Bogdanovic are regular concert companions and will provide a refreshingly different sound world in their performance.

Daniel Rowland is recognised internationally as a highly versatile and charismatic performer.

He has performed in many of the world's leading concert halls, with major orchestras, in solo or chamber performance .

Since 2007 he has been first violinist in the renowned Brodsky Quartet, relinquishing that position only this year to concentrate on his solo interests.


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Maja Bogdanovic's studies brought her into contact with luminaries such as Bernard Greenhouse and Heinrich Schiff and has been recognised as a world leading cellist in both orchestral and chamber environments.

Her interest in contemporary music led to her being invited to perform in a select group of artists to celebrate the 80th birthday of Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki.

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Together they will perform a selection of works written for the combination of violin and cello, including an early composition by a young Sibelius, Raindrops; sets of pieces by the Russian composer Glière, and works by contemporary clarinettist and composer Jörg Widmann and Latvian Peteris Vasks.

Most famously perhaps, Maurice Ravel wrote his Sonata for Violin and Cello in 1920, making many modifications before he published it at a point when his writing style was at a turning point.

There will be some pieces adapted for this combination of instruments, including Debussy's prelude La Sérénade Interrompue and two tangos from Astor Piazzolla.

Of particular interest will be the world premiere performance of a new piece from the pen of Argentinian composer Marcelo Nisinman, entitled Pas de Deux.

Mr Nisinman and Mr Rowland have worked together on several occasions.

The concert starts at 7pm.

Tickets are £17 and available from Paragon Books and the TIC in Sidmouth, as well as online through the website where there is full information on this and all other Sidmouth Music concerts.

All concerts are held at Sidmouth Parish Church, and will take place monthly until March 2020.

STEPHEN HUYSHE-SHIRES

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