Chamber Players season opens with a little romance

On violin, Krystof Witek will be concertmaster as the season launches Oct. 6.

On violin, Krystof Witek will be concertmaster as the season launches Oct. 6.

Add a little romance to your life on Oct. 6 and 7 when the Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony will open their 2013-14 season concerts, “Romantic at Heart and (neo) Classical at Work,” named by Krystof Witek, artistic director of the group.

The shows will feature Andrew Gordon, pianist; Daniel Miller, cellist; David Creswell, violist and Krystof Witek, violinist, all of whom will be playing works by Beethoven, Dvorák, Francaix and Britten.

“Beethoven was deeply rooted in the classical tradition of his older peers, Haydn and Mozart, but could not resist shaking up the walls,” Mr. Witek said. “His Kreutzer Sonata for violin and piano still stands on the classical foundation, but the walls are beginning to crumble under the size and emotional tension of the work. It is not surprising that Leo Tolstoy, one of Russia’s romantic literary titans chose to interpret this piece for one of his tumultuous novels.

“Dvorák’s education was on the solid Beethoven foundation,” he added. “He preserved intact the classical structure in his Piano Quartet No. 1, yet his heart was filled with Czech folk tunes. It is here that the listener feels a flow of nostalgia and familiarity that is so close to everyone’s heart … Françaix was greatly influenced by the neo-classical manner of Stravinsky, to a point where conciseness, brevity, simplicity and clarity of writing became almost a fetish … Britten was also under the spell of his classic ancestors. He chose Dowland’s song If My Complaint Could Passions Move as the basis for his moving lachrymae for viola and piano.”

The concerts take place Sunday, Oct. 6 at 4 p.m. at the Round Hill Community Church and Monday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bruce Museum. Tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for students. Audiences are invited to wine and cheese receptions after the concert on Sunday and at intermission on Monday.

For further information call 203-637-4725 or visit Greenwichsym.org/chamberplayers.

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