3. May, 2016

Berlin and Hamburg

After playing La Campanella by Niccolò Paganini at Theaterhaus Berlin, I was working for the Second Concerto "I Profetti" by Mario Castelnuovo=Tedesco with Professor Yair Kless at Blackmore's Berlins Musikzimmer with his edited violin solo part. Professor Kless brought me his complete and original edition of "I Profetti" and told me "I was never forgetting it for you, even you were forgetting it for me". I was absorbed in playing the violin in Berlin in the end of this April.... It is already about what I was playing in last month.... my small holiday is finally come with May Day..... Here's the program in Berlin during the end of last month (April 2016) ;


Theaterhaus Berlin (27 April 2016, Theaterhaus Berlin, Berlin Germany)


Niccolò Paganini : La Campanella from Violin Concerto No. 2 Op. 7


Alucard Leterme, Violin


Blackmore's International Music Academy / International Violinmeisterkurs by Professor Yair Kless (27 - 30 April 2016, Blackmore's Berlins Musikzimmer, Berlin Germany)


Mario Castelnuovo=Tedesco : Violin Concerto No. 2 "I Profetti"


Alucard Leterme, Violin



Anyway I devote myself to work "I Profetti" with Professor Yair Kless at Blackmore's Belins Musikzimmer as much as possible. His instructions are always clear to memorize all of them immediately during his lessons and I repeat them in my daily exercises whether at home or hotel room or on stages. At the same time of those programs, I'm currently in course of concert program organizing also in Hamburg, whether my colleagues resolve their problems sooner or later.

It is not really often but I also go to listen other artists' concerts if I have time and opportunity for them. The more I play in Hamburg and Berlin, the more it seems to be the diference of preferrence between the both cities. The biggest difference of recent trend between Hamburg and Berlin is the weight on singers ; many orchestral concert programs take the most famous (or literally "that" or "those") opera extracts by Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini much more in Hamburg than in Berlin, there the more orchestral instrumentists (especially for strings) can already play their orchestral extracts by heart as well as their proper solo program repertoires (it is not only the case of JBK Orchestra but also many other orchestras in Hamburg). It is as well as that orchestra members in Brussels could play the most of whole parts of "The New World" Symphony by Anton Dvorak by hearts when the conductor began conducting gesture whether by his joke or chance or not, even in the pause (their purpose is to play on the concert as better as possible, of course).

Since being soloist violinist with orchestra, I also listen other symphonic works program, especially after playing my program with orchestra. There I also study those full score with my own concerto repertoires. Thanks to the orchestration studying by Professor Michel Lysight at CRMB, I can read also wind instruments parts without too much difficulties. Il faut les aimer, exactement. It helps me for the both to play better, understand better. Fortunately the full score of "I Profetti" is also available to buy since end of January 2015. It also made Professor Yair Kless surprising enough greatly because we were knowing that the orchestral full score of "I Profetti" was available only by rent for approx. 1000 - 3000 Euros per month. And I always keep the pocket full score (alias study score) of the First Violin Concerto by Niccolò Paganini and Professor Kless' original edition of "I Profetti" by Mario Castelnuovo=Tedesco during any trippings.