A duo that explores the boundaries

Nicole julien-mann the young artists of the duo "clariphin" set the highest standards in the opening concert of the VHS music ring in the kronach district culture room.

The career of young musicians usually begins very slowly with countless auditions in front of strict committees at universities and academies. A few minutes decide which way the thumb points. In a short time, the performers were to show as much finesse as possible in terms of sound and virtuosity. Claude debussy composed his premiere "rhapsodie for clarinet and piano" for exactly this purpose.

The duo "clariphin ended its concert on friday in the kreiskulturraum with this piece. The audience, however, had long been convinced and taken in by the music of the two artists. They were therefore able to relax and enjoy this final parade: sensitively accompanied on the flugel by clara isabella siegle, seraphin maurice lutz let his clarinet shimmer in all its facets once again.

Or in almost all. For what tones clarinet and piano can produce beyond the gentle euphony was the real highlight of the evening. "Funf bruchstucke" the contemporary clarinettist jorg widmann named his composition. A sound experiment in which both instruments are used in their entirety, from the surface to the guts, so to speak.

Experimental character

These are then key noises, toneless blowing with dynamics – like a windstorm that swells and subsides -, these are multiphonics effects on the flugel, in which the strings are steamed or plucked, in which pianissimo and fortissimo are pushed to the exaggerated limits. To describe the spectrum of sound, one could use all the verbs associated with noise: drone, squeak, thunder, rumble, wail, crackle, bead – to name but a few.

Seraphin maurice lutz and clara isabella siegle had prepared the audience well for this industrial experimental character with pieces from the romantic period by robert schumann ("fantasiestucke fur klarinette und klavier"), op. 73) and carl maria von weber ("grand duo concertant", op. 48). With this piece they cleverly framed the "four pieces (op. 5) by alban berg a.

Anyone who listens to this music will discover a very special tonal beauty that is audibly beyond the realm of superficial melodies. The gap in the arc of composers from the early romantic period to the present was closed by the "dance preludes" by witold lutoslawski from 1954.

The young artists of the duo "clariphin" both have won several awards. They kept running into each other at the top competitions and one day decided to play music together as a duo.

A very good idea, as it turned out, because shortly after their debut they were accepted into the renowned yehudi menuhi foundation. Lutz is currently studying in berlin and munich, siegle in london. The two play sensitively and beautifully together. In constant contact, they anticipate the course of the pieces and let the instruments enter into dialogue.

Because artists present themselves in a completely unpretentious manner, they give their instruments and music the stage. Noble in gesture, noble in sound – this is how chamber music makes fun.

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