A music event out of this world
Orchestra ‘Capriccio Fridericiana’ and soloists Wolfgang Heitz (trumpet) and
Laden Ince (soprano) in Bellapais
eight violins, two violas, two cellos and one bass, they spoke with one voice,
they spoke soft, they whispered, they lured us, the audience, to follow them,
and we followed them with all our heart and feelings. The first piece by
Leopold Mozart (1719 -1787) a concerto in D major for Clarion and trumpet was
delightful and the clear voice of the trumpet played by Wolfgang Heitz, filled
the ancient space of the beautiful Bellapais Krypt.
Krypt was full to the last seat and I realized that the musical guests from
Karlsruhe had captured the entire attention of the audience, many music
students had come also, they were sort of sitting at the edge of their chairs
bending forward to meet the music that came from the stage. (Please find my
introductory article and presentation of the chamber music group on my website
including the complete programme.)
first part of the group’s name means ‘playing lively music on a sudden whim’ which is precisely what led to the formation
of the chamber orchestra in 1989. The second part of the name reflects its ties
with the University of Karlsruhe (now KIT), of which many of its members have
graduated from. The group plays without conductor: at rehearsals and concerts
Hubert Heitz directs from the first violinist’s desk. The orchestra’s
repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary music - as numerous concerts in
southern Germany, France and Switzerland testify. The ‘Capriccio Fridericiana’
also plays in performances of oratorios on a regular basis.
Violins : Hubert Heitz, Alexander
Voigt, Thomas Bach, Diana Colceriu, Wolfgang Heitz, Christina Knötzele, Katrin
Kűmmel, Andrea Hummel;
Antje Finkbeiner-Nahl and Jörg Stum pp;
Cellos: Gisela Heitz, Stephan Schirmeyer; Bass: Joachim Heinrichs.
second piece took us to Edvard Grieg’s country Norway with his Norwegian
Melodies, op 53 and Norwegian Tunes, op. 63 and we were left enchanted in wide
forests, fjords and still waters, its mysteries so well conveyed.
the break I had the pleasure to meet the German Ambassador Dr. Gabriela Guellil
at whose residence we, a group of artist women, have been guests and so was the
soprano Laden Ince, the soprano who we were expecting to hear in the second
part of the concert with Bach’s Cantata Nr. 51, BWV 51. It was my first time to
hear her sing Bach and it was with showers of excitement that I realized how
right her voice was for Bach, she has understood Bach and when I looked around
I saw the same excitement in all faces. Our young friends –Ipek Zorba, Erol
Emmioglu, Miriam Marancos - piano students with Rauf Kasimov were sitting close
to us and they were equally thrilled, being taught to listen to what the composer
had wanted to tell us with his music.
orchestra sensitively supported Laden Ince’s voice, and also did Wolfgang Heitz
with his trumpet in the finale (Alleluja); it was as if the two partners – the
orchestra from Karlsruhe and the soprano from Cyprus – have been playing
together many times.
last piece of the concert on the programme was Mozart’s ‘Kleine Nachtmusik’ and
I saw many nod their heads in time to the music, music we grew up with, but so very
beautifully played. Standing ovations persuaded the orchestra to give us an
encore with Shostakovich’s waltz jazz suite No. 1, and, as a last present they
made us Solveig’s Song by Edvard Grieg with Laden Ince interpreting these
mysterious tunes so beautifully.
was for us a very special treat to have the opportunity to enjoy the
professionalism of this group here in Cyprus, together with lovely Laden Ince,
an event sponsored and organized by Kaleidoskop Tourizm and Piano Association.
They have been staying in North Cyprus for over a week and they were shown not
only the famous treasures of antiquity but the nature in spring’s full process
of exploding and last not least the orchid, especially the ‘Ophrys kotschyi’ which for Mr and
Mrs Heitz were a main purpose to come to Cyprus at this time of the year.
(The article is published in Cyprus Observer on Saturday March 8, Issue 108)