Juventudes Musicales de Mérida
By Vicente Antunez
Monday, November 26, 2012
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<…>The chronological journey began with a Telemann Sonata da Chiesa, an excellent example of one of the most characteristic of Baroque instrumental genres. Classicism was represented by Pieter Dane Jensen, which offered a selection of Duets for two flutes op. 16, with a delicious interpretation of its second movement. Meanwhile, the Polish Henryk Wieniawski, who left numerous pages for the violin virtuoso, was chosen to illustrate the musical Romanticism with one of his Etudes-Caprices, op. 18. The music of the second quarter of the twentieth century was well represented with three pieces by Poulenc, Prokofiev and Bela Bartok. The millennium was brought to a close with Double Helix, a fascinating work by Edward Manukyan, an Armenian-American who composed the piece in 2008, paying tribute to the discoverer of the structure of DNA James D. Watson. The composition is in a style that is accessible to the public, because it balances the resources of contemporary music and the use of Armenian folk melodies.
<…>Each piece in the program was preceded by interesting and thoughtful comments by the performers themselves, especially relevant in a work such as the aforementioned programmatic Double Helix, and it helped make the concert even more interesting. <…> The audience showed great respect and appreciation for the performers and hosted the concert with great enthusiasm, giving Duo DiCamera its warmest applause.
(Translated by Anna Karapetyan)
(Caja de Badajoz Auditorium, in Spain. Courtesy of Juventudes Musicales de Mérida)
(Elisa Victoria Iruzubieta (Clarinet), and Peter Luis Porras (Violin) perform Manukyan's
Double Helix in Badajoz, Spain. November, 2012.)