VIOLONCELLO – DISCOVERING THE ESSENCE
The only solo recital at this year’s KotorArt was performed by a young cellist from Armenia Narek Hakhnazaryan, who is often described by the world media as an emerging star. He performed in the Church of the Holy Spirit, on Monday, August 5, in front of a large audience that he quickly grabbed with his talent, interpretation skills and carefully selected program.
Having chosen the pieces of different historical positions, the musician started the recital with the Solo Cello Suite in G Major, No. 1, one of the famous six suites of the baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach, to abruptly make a turn to contemporary music with Sonata by György Ligeti. Although apparent, the stylistic contrast was mitigated to the extent to which the young Ligeti softened his modernist view of art by “appealing” to a wider audience through a melodic, almost folklore theme. Through the music by Pablo Casals and Giovanni Sollima, the two artists who occupy a double position – the one of a composer and of a cellist alike, Hakhnazaryan restored the contrast. This time, between the meditative, almost ambient Casal’s Song of the Birds and Sollima’s Lamentatio, a lament which the performer stepped into, as the composer wrote, playing and singing in a neutral, sometimes nasal voice. If the aim of the composer was to assign the voice the role of a non-existent, “fifth” string of the instrument, then Hakhnazaryan definitely succeeded in the task.