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Transfigured Classic

February 22nd 2020, 7PM

„Vasile Alecsandri” National Theater of Iași

Strada Agatha Bârsescu nr. 18, Iași, România

In closing the Classix festival, we will turn our attention to two masterpieces that define the sphere of chamber music. The Night Transfigurated by Schönberg gives birth to the second Viennese school and in the second part, an octet consisting of the two quartets invited to the festival, based in Trondheim and Vienna, will give a new appearance to the String Byte by Felix Mendelssohn. A work with a high level of difficulty, represents a tour of power on the border between romance and rebellion.



Arnold Schönberg - Transfigured Night, Op. 4 (1899)

Under the sensual umbrella of taboo aesthetic values such as premarital love, Transfigured Night revolutionizes the sphere of chamber music in the threshold of the 20th century. With a close connection to poetic art, Schönberg begins the second Viennese music school (after Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven) by breaking traditional experiences, and Classix prepares a contemporary interpretation that will support the revolutionary intention of the work.

Felix Mendelssohn - String Octet, Op. 20 (1825)

Composed at just 16 years old, the byte is considered the spearhead of the German composer's chamber creation. Full of vitality, youthful force and with numerous moments of virtuosity from the whole ensemble, he anticipates the glorious cries of international collaboration between soloists in Trondheim and Selini (le) in Vienna.


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The Trondheim Soloists (Trondheimsolistene) from Norway is one of the most exciting young ensembles performing on the international stage.


A group of classical musicians from Norway is back at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, sharing the red carpet with the greatest names in musical entertainment. They’re not from a powerhouse orchestra in Oslo or Bergen, but from a picturesque town hemmed in by mountains and a fjord. They’re the Trondheim Soloists, accepting their fifth Grammy nomination in three years. The Trondheim Soloists turned professional, but the spirit of apprenticeship stayed: student musicians became part of its constitution.


Major collaborations followed. Anne-Sophie Mutter sought-out the ensemble’s energy and verve. Leif Ove Andsnes tapped into its smoothness and sensitivity. Folk and rock artists discovered its versatility and openness. Trondheim, though, always shines through. They call it ‘the city with a heart’. And that’s precisely what you hear in the unmistakable Trondheim sound.

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Coming from Russia, Romania and Greece, the four musicians met in Vienna, where they formed the Selini Quartet in 2016. Since then, they have been performing around Europe and have won prestigious awards. All these have now led the Selini Quartet to be selected to represent Austria's music scene across the world, through the "NASOM - New Austrian Sound Of Music" program, for the seasons 2020-2022.


The Selini Quartet is a prizewinner of the “Szymanowski International Music Competition” 2018 (Poland)- 2nd prize as well as of the “Artis Quartet Prize” of ISA Competition (Austria).


In the summer of 2019, the quartet has been invited to teach at the “Toppen International Summer Academy”(Norway), as well as to participate in the Chamber Music Residency program of “Festival d’Aix en Provence” (France, 2019).


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