In this first concert of the Cello Biennale Amsterdam Online, the important keys of the original festival program are immediately addressed: Next Generation and The Cello Takes Over.
It will not have escaped anyone’s notice that the 2020 Biënnale will be even more dominated by the countless young masters who are eager to emulate or surpass their predecessors. Stravinsky and Reich’s arrangements of the composers themselves and Anastasia Feruleva adapted the Golden Rooster for cello.
Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne is an arrangement four times removed and a piece with Dutch, not Italian roots, originally written by Unico van Wassenaer, not Giovanni Battista Pergolesi.
Leonard Bernstein composed MASS in 1971 as a memorial to mark the opening of the Kennedy Center at the request of Jacqueline Kennedy. Bernstein even produced an arrangement for cello and piano – Three Meditations from MASS.
Aaron Copland, who was revered by Bernstein, captured the American landscape and way of life in the 1940s and 50s in his evergreen compositions.
Residentie Orkest’s cellists will be taking on Steve Reich’s challenging Cello Counterpoint.
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