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06-May-2022

World Premiere by “Duo Aliada” – Austria

Duo Aliada
The accordion as a young instrument on the international concert stage first aroused the curiosity and interest of contemporary composers, who are always on the lookout for new sounds, and has now also conquered concert audiences.

This applies in particular to the Polish-Serbian “Duo Aliada”, which is known for its creative adaptations of the classical repertoire (including Bach's "Goldberg Variations"). Polish saxophonist Michal Knot and Serbian accordionist Bogdan Laketic formed the duo in 2013 in Vienna, a city whose rich musical tradition reflects its role as a crossroads between Eastern and Western Europe.

On April 30th, 2022 the duo performed in the Grand Hall of the Wiener Musikverein in Vienna, Austria. Together with the Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra, “The Ancient Night” for saxophone, accordion and orchestra by the young Polish composer Wojciech Chalupka, was premiered.

This work tells in fantastic sounds of nocturnal pagan rituals in Slavic countries, the artistic home of the duo: a concerto for accordion and saxophone perfectly embedded in Schubert's "Magic Harp" overture, the mysterious "Unfinished" and Stravinsky's music from the fairytale ballet "The Fairy's Kiss".

Program:

Franz Schubert: Overture to "The Magic Harp" and "Rosamunde, Princess of Cyprus", D 644
Wojciech Chalupka: The Ancient Night (world premiere)
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 7 in B minor, D 759, "Unfinished"
Igor Stravinsky: Le Baiser de la Fée. Divertimento for Orchestra
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