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4. Chamber Concert 2021: 8 Celli

Kölnischer Kunstverein, Hahnenstraße 6, 50667 Köln

The magic sound of cello ensemble

Eight outstanding Cologne cellists came together in this concert project to bring the impressive sound of eight cellos in the ensemble to the stage. No other string instrument is so versatile, masters high and low registers as well as vocal melodies, bass fundamentals and fast rhythms.

As a music metropolis with three large symphony orchestras, numerous renowned independent ensembles and chamber orchestras and, last but not least, well-known lecturers at the music academy, Cologne is a traditional hotspot for great cellists. The free "cello scene" is impressive in its density and quality - 8 cellos want to bring this closer to the audience by bringing some of these protagonists together. We hope to give the go-ahead for a long-term establishment of this new and special Cologne ensemble.

The Cologne audience thanked the audience for this outstanding concert with a standing ovation!

Here is an excerpt from the concert:

8 Celli are:
Jonathan Weigle, Emanuel Wehse, Christian Kircher, Tobias Sykora, Elif Dimli, Moritz Benjamin Kolb, Jola Shkodrani, Lena Kravets (artistic directors)


Josef Gabriel Rheinberger (1839-1901)
(aus: „Drei geistliche Gesänge“ op. 69

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Concerto d-Moll, op. 3 Nr. 11 RV 565
1. Allegro – Adagio e spiccato – Allegro
2. Largo e spiccato
3. Allegro

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Hier ist es schön (Zdes Khorosho), op. 21 Nr. 7
Vocalise, op. 34 Nr. 14
Prélude g-Moll, op. 23 Nr. 5

- interval -

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas – Four Seasons in Buenos Aires
1. Primavera Porteña
2. Verano Porteño
3. Otoño Porteño
4. Invierno Porteño

Sponsors of the chamber concerts

The Cologne Chamber Concerts at the Kunstverein take place with the support of the Cultural Office of the City of Cologne. As well as our board of trustees and supporting members of the Kölner Klassik Ensemble e.V.. From 2020-2022, the series was also funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science NRW and the RheinEnergie Stiftung Kultur. 2022 also by the Kunststiftung NRW.

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