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6. Chamber Concert 2022: Fukio Quartett & Inna Firsova

Kölnischer Kunstverein, Hahnenstraße 6, 50667 Köln

Ravel, Bernstein & Albright

At the end of the Chamber Concerts 2022, we celebrated a special premiere under #Startschuss@Koeln: the celebrated Fukio Saxophone Quartet presented an extraordinary programme together with the internationally established pianist Inna Firsova, who lives in Cologne.

In the first half, Inna Firsova played two solo pieces by Ravel and Kapustin and the Fukio Quartet played two works by William Albright and Guillermo Lago. The perfection and musicality was impressive. Then in the second half they all played together in a quintet and delivered a truly exhilarating concert of works by Iturralde, Ravel and Bernstein. A standing ovation for a great concert and a great end to the year.
The concert was sold out with almost 100 listeners and was a complete success. A concert in a class of its own!

Sopransaxophon: Joaquín Sáez Belmonte
Altsaxophon: Xavier Larsson Páez
Tenorsaxophon: José Manuel Bañuls Marcos
Baritonsaxophon: Xabier Casal Ares
Klavier: Inna Firsova


Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Jeux d‘eau
- piano solo -

Nikolai Kapustin (1937-2020)
Toccatina (from „Eight Concert Etudes)
- piano solo -

William Albright (1944-1998)
Fantasy Etudes:
Etude Nr. 1: A Real Nice Number
Etude Nr. 2: Pypes
Etude Nr. 6: They Only Come Out at Night

Guillermo Lago (* 1960):
1. Tokyo
2. Sarajevo
3. Addis Ababa

- interval -

Pedro Iturralde (1929-2020)
„Memorias“ (Tríptico)
Lisbõa – Casablanca – Alger

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
(Arrangement: Fukio)
La valse, poème chorégraphique pour orchestre

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
(Arrangement: Fukio)
Ouverture to „Candide“


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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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