Our friend Andreas treats his friends from time to time with chamber music in his beautiful apartment overlooking the lake. He runs a series of these events over the year - and yesterday evening was not untypical of the kind of adventurous programming he devises. The apparently unlikely combination of Bassoon, Viola and Piano, plus a computer, resulted in an invigorating and enjoyable hour or so of music making which explored boundaries which were unfamiliar to many of us.
Did you know that Vivaldi wrote + or - 40 bassoon concertos? Well I didn't - we started the evening with one of them yesterday. We then had the pleasure of a piece by Edgar Guzman called ∞ ¿? (or,undefined) - written in 2008 for Bassoon, Viola and computer tape. We then went on to the beautiful quasi hoquetus by Sofia Gubaidulina - for bassoon, viola and piano - and ended with two of Astor Piazzola's Tango-Etudes.
How about that then?! This was all put together by ICE bassoonist Rebekah Heller with her friends Dominic Johnson (Viola) and William McDaniel (Piano). Altogether an eye and ear opening evening. Mouth opening too - the food and wine was delicious and the company a wonderful mixture of Andreas' friends from all the areas in which he takes such a deep interest.
Today it is time for a haircut and other domestic matters, family lunch out and then to friends for the birthday of their two year old. And otherwise preparing for the week ahead.........