Waves of music in an ocean of spirit
By Sanjay Kumar
May, 12, 2006
The night was in full bloom. All its hues standing out in the harsh Delhi summer. It was the Bahai House of Worship. The occasion was Europe Day. Two artists Anne Marie Ene, violinist and Natallia Kapylova, pianist, transported the audience far beyond the confines of the auditorium into realms of the unknown. This series titled "Welcome to One Ocean" was co-organised by the Embassy of Romania, Delegation of the European Commission and Delhi Music Society. Anne Marie Ene, a graduate from Trinity College London, has also been the concert master of the Delhi Symphony Orchestra. She has been equally successful as a solo violinist as well as being part of the Radio Chamber Orchestra of Bucharest and the London Symphony Orchestra. Anne was accompanied by Natallia Kapylova, a solo pianist who specialises in sonatas of Bethoven, Mozart, Schubert and Tchaikovsky.
Bethoven's Spring Sonata
The concert got off to a brilliant start with Bethoven's Spring Sonata. Spring has been only one of the three Bethoven piano and violin sonatas to be cast in four moments. It began with one of the most unforgettable melodies of all time, played in F Major by the violin. It was dedicated to one of Bethoven's most generous patrons, Count Moritz von Fries. The rhythm and energy of the theme, and the gradual development of the movement was brought out elegantly with the violin and the piano alternating in its presentation. The duo did indeed bring out the lyricism with the two bouncing off each other. It was a smooth transition from Beethoven to Fritz Kreisler. A short piece "Pretty Rosemary Plant" was played with virtuosity. The concert was meant to celebrate the diversity and unity of the human family. The Bahai House of Worship stated that they hoped to unify the diverse cultural expressions through classical and contemporary music from around the world. The concert moved on to a rare treat of the brilliance of Tchaikovsky's early compositions on the piano. The piece titled "Remembrance of a Beloved Place" was a token of his appreciation for a long forgotten host. A charming, sweet and graceful short piece evoking nostalgia and calm. The audience could not ask for more as the scorching heat outside made even a thought of music improbable. But the best was yet to come. And it did. In the form of Chopin's "The Mazurkas". The young duo brought out the outstanding genius of country music where the rhythm vacillates between a slight sadness in tonality to a full sweet bloom. It had the scent of flowers and definitely the aura of love. The first mazurka reveals a deep psychological content which gradually gels into the folk spirit creating yet another dimension of universality. Wieniawski's Scherzo-Tarantella Op. 16 indeed marked a distinct change of mood. One of his celebrated pieces in his extraordinary Violin Concerto no. 2, it reflects the true spirit of romanticism.
The evening was imbued with a Romanian spirit with the two final pieces of George Enescu and Bela Bartok. Enescu's "Impressions of Childhood"- Lautarul (The Fiddler) was a solo violin piece. The fiddler represents Enescu's astonishing autobiography of sound effects: twittering birds, whistling winds, a storm, and lullaby. Known for his ability to create an atmosphere of children's experiences, it was indeed a musical of "finding of the lost times". Bela Bartok's piece on the Romanian folk dances was the icing on the cake. It clearly reflects his craft, derived from a harmonious idiom of folk music. It testified to the theme of the day, that true music transcends cultures and helps the spirit soar into eternity.