Chamber music for connoisseurs of obscurity

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Chamber music for connoisseurs of obscurity

Johann Sebastian Bach specialists not playing Bach pieces?
The Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, which is renowned for its interpretations of the works of J.S. Bach, will not play his music on their upcoming Korean tour. Instead, they will feature works by his second son, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. The Interkultur, the concert organizer, said it wanted to expose Korean listeners to relatively unknown pieces. The show at Sejong Center will also include Ivan Erod’s “Piano Concerto,” Mozart’s “Divertimento” and Dvorak’s “Serenade.”

A chamber orchestra usually consists of just 12 to 20 string instruments. Chamber orchestras typically lack the splendid grandeur of a symphony orchestra, but provide a mellow, comforting listening experience.
Karl Munchinger, a renowned German conductor, founded the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra in 1945 in southwestern Germany. While listening to the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra playing J.S.Bach’s Goldberg Variations one imagines musicians in curly white wigs of the Baroque era playing in a palace.
Since Mr. Munchinger retired, the chamber has played with guest conductors. For the Korean tour, Stephan Bernward Robin Engelen of the Stuttgart Opera will lead the concert, along with the U.S. violinist and concert master Benjamin Hudson. Also, Peter von Wienhardt, a German pianist, will play Ivan Erod’s “Piano Concerto,” which he personally arranged for piano and strings. It is the first time the chamber will play the piece.
The chamber currently consists of 17 musicians on violin, viola, violincello and double bass. They have a grand plan to record all 107 pieces composed by Franz Joseph Haydn by 2009, the 200th year of his death.
During the Korean tour, the chamber will also play Korean modern composer Yun I-sang’s “Tapis pour Cordes,” and Chinese composer Qigang Chen’s “L’Eloignement” at the Tongyeong International Music Festival.

by Park Sung-ha

Concerts will be held at Kyungbuk University at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, at Sejong Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. on Sunday, at TongYoung Citizens’ Hall at 7 p.m. on Monday and at Nowon Art Center at 8 p.m. on Nov. 4. The program varies depending on the concert. Tickets range from 30,000 won ($29) to 150,000 won. For more information, call (02) 2068-8000, or visit or
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