About the Performance

‘Revolutionary Icons’ with Runge&Ammon
Friday, May 7 | 7:00 PM
Location TBD

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By many of his key works, eg the ninth symphony’s ‘Ode to Joy’ or the ‘Moonlight Sonata, Beethoven became an iconic popstar in the today’s world of classical music, even reaching out to a broad mass public. On the other hand, Beethoven was one of the most uncomfortable and modernist composers of all times, polarizing his audiences and being rejected by many of his contemporary critics as intolerable rebel, especially with his late chamber music.

After decades performing the Beethoven string quartets worldwide, with the renowned Artemis Quartet, as well as his ensemble’s award-winning complete recording on Erato/Warner Classics, Eckart Runge now endeavors to rediscover the works for cello and piano with his duo partner Jacques Ammon in a new way.

Juxtaposed with elaborate arrangements of revolutionary icons of the rock-pop-jazz history such as Lennon/McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, or David Bowie, in ‘Beethoven- Revolutionary Icons’ unexpected perspectives create a new emotional and exciting listening experience.

Concert Program

Paul McCartney (*1942): Eleanor Rigby
arr. Wolf Kerschek/Runge&Ammon

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): ‘Adelaide’ from Lieder cycle op.46
arr. Runge&Ammon

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992): Libertango
arr. Runge&Ammon

Nikolai Kapustin (1937): Burlesque, op 98

Miles Davis (1926-1991): Blue in Green
arr. Runge&Ammon

Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata for piano and cello No 4, op. 102/1, C – major
Andante – Allegro vivace
Adagio – Allegro vivace

INTERMISSION

Chick Corea (*1941) ‘Spain’ paraphrase on the ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’ by Joaquín Rodrigo
arr. Runge&Ammon

Ludwig van Beethoven ‘Cavatina‘ from string quartet op.130
arr. Runge&Ammon

Frank Zappa (1940-93): Bebop Tango
arr. Wolf Kerschek/Runge&Ammon

David Bowie (1947-2016): Warsawa
arr. Wolf Kerschek/Runge&Ammon

Ludwig van Beethoven Adagio ma non troppo (Arioso dolente) et Fugue
from the piano sonata op.110
arr. Runge&Ammon

Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970): Purple Haze
arr. Wolf Kerschek/Runge&Ammon

“The intelligent arrangements of these two artists reveal all subtleties of the compositions … harsh, queer, beautiful- but ever pleasing. Hardly anyone is able to transport musical emotions like these two artists…” (Kölner Stadtanzeiger)

About Eckert Runge

As a cellist and founder of the Artemis Quartet, Eckart Runge has been a presence on all of the world’s major stages from New York to Tokyo over the last 15 years. CD recordings by his ensemble, available exclusively on Virgin / EMI since 2005, have been awarded a number of prizes. During his studies under Edmond Baert at the Brussels Conservatory and David Geringas at the Musical Academy of Lubeck and as an award winner in international contests (Premio Stradivari, Cremona 1991, German Music Competition in Bonn 1994 and “Concours International de Musique Genève” 1995) he pursued and active career as a soloist at an early stage.

In addition to his international quartet career, he is “promoting and working intensively in various languages at the borderline of Tango, Jazz and film music” (Der Spiegel) and is bringing an increasingly larger audience to classical music with his “celloproject”, which he founded in 1998.

In addition to various programs surrounding Tango, film and Jazz he has presented, in particular, productions such as “Concert Visuel” with two pantomimes from the Compagnie Marcel Marceau and Lab of Life – Creativity and Dialogue in Music. The combination of artistic seriousness with communicative presentations is met with enthusiastic acceptance by listeners and critics.

Eckart Runge is now passing on his artistic experiences as a Professor of the Faculty at Berlin’s University of the Arts and the Chapelle Reine Elisabeth in Brussels.

About Jacque Ammon

Born in Santiago de Chile to German/Chilean parents, Jacques Ammon first became known in 1989 as an award winner of the international “Claudio Arrau” piano contest. This was followed by a number of radio and television appearances. Since then, he has been performing regularly at Chilean concerts series and festivals.

Jacques Ammon began his studies as a pupil of Margerita Herrera at the University of Chile and continued these in 1990 under Konrad Elser at the Musical Academy of Lubeck, where he has been a music tutor himself since 2000.

In Germany, the artist, who is at home in Berlin, has been a guest at important musical venues, such as the Rheingau and Schleswig-Holstein Music Festivals and at the Hamburg Musikhalle. The autumn of 2002 saw his Japanese debut. A particular artistic interest to Jacques Ammon is the juxtaposition of the classic-romantic and Latin American repertoire.

Jacques Ammon was the artistic consultant in a CD production (EMI) with Latin American music performed by the “12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra” which was nominated for a Grammy and for the Echo classical music prize in 2001.

About Runge&Ammon

The duo Runge & Ammon emerged from a shared passion for chamber music boundaries around jazz, tango, rock, theater and film music and has been performing for 25 years in major concert series as well as in clubs in Europe, Asia, the USA and South America Reach a wider audience for sophisticated music.

In addition to the conceptual program design and the great emotionality, the duo is known for its informative and entertaining moderation, with which the audience is ‘picked up’ and introduced to the demanding background. Further productions of the duo are the “Concert Visuels” with Bodecker & Neander, two pantomimes from the Marcel Marceau company.

The albums CelloTango, RussianSoul and CelloCinema were enthusiastically received by audiences and critics. In 2019 the new album ‘BaroqueBlues’ will be released, which brings unexpected parallels between jazz and baroque music to life.

The album ‘RollOverBeethoven’ will be released for the 2020 anniversary of Beethoven, juxtaposing music for cello and piano by Beethoven with the revolutionary avant-garde icons of rock pop history such as Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie or Frank Zappa.

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