KamerFest in Tirana, two evenings to remember
On October 10-th and 11-th, in Tirana it took place two concerts in the framework of the Kamerfest Festival. They were held in Tirana, meaning that this year the Festival got extended outside of Kosovo, in Albania and Northern Macedonia.
In the first concert to perform was Caterine Wethington accompanied by the American pianist Derek Han and by the flutist from Kosovo Zanë Abazi.
From the beginning, the audience was stroke by the warm, vibrant, and colorful with full of technical details of the soprano Wethington. Her suggestive pianissimos, but also the powerful and strong sounds, showed to the audience an unusual vocal potential.
She immediately impressed the attendees at the Aleks Buda Hall with her experience, her wide range and vocal sensitivity, beautiful and special timber, clear diction, with her elegance and expressive mimicry that were all fabulous. Being equipped with musical skills Katerina Wethington clearly testified that she is able to face any concert program.
The program of this evening was based on two specific topics. The first would be described as a bouquet of works pen for bird songs and love, and the second as a bouquet of American vocal works. The first, belonging to European musical culture, was both attractive and delicate. In her role, the soprano shows her skills accompanied loyalty, both by the pianist Derek Han and the correct flute player Zanë Abazi.
The second part were composed by the works of the national repertoire. It was varied, without that particularity of the first part works that besides any slight intonation and occasional movement it remained in audience memory perhaps as the most distinguished singer who has debuted in our country coming from US.
The second concert, due to the echo of the first one, had many more spectators. It is not very often to listen the three authors’ sonatas in one evening only, especially when it is about Johannes Brahms sonatas. His creativity set on two powerful, one formal – the classic and the other with deeply romantic content – contains the philosophy of nineteenth-century German romanticism. In particular, in his violin sonatas are deeply intertwined the thoughts and polyphony clashing with each other creating tall castles that only the great violin painters can recreate, especially if in the spirit of the time of speaking.
This was the aim of the second concert of the violinist Sihana Badivuku and of the pianist Derek Han, who, in the framework of the distinguished “Kamerfest” Festival, performed in Tirana with all their dignity and seriousness.
This was the aim of the second concert of the violinist Sihana Badivuku and of the pianist Derek Han, who, in the framework of the distinguished “Kamerfest” Festival, performed in Tirana with all their dignity and seriousness. The first sonata Brahms it was dedicated to the violinist Joseph Joachim is notable for its technical difficulty. The second one, lyrical, almost a love song stands out for the piano score weight but also for the subtle ideas that oppose it throughout the musical material.
The third sonatas, much more heard in Albania, it is wonderful, so perfect and so special Badivuku’s performance was that of an experienced violinist who works and thinks every detail with individuality, radiating powerful emotional vibration.
Within the difficulty of articulating a concise opinion I may say that those more than 90 minutes of the concert, too engaging for a common spectator, were flying with one’s breath leaving a good taste and strong emotions.
It has been months since the concert artists have been rare in Tirana as it seems that there is a interest only for the “guests” of various institutions or festivals. The reasons are many, starting from the first the economic one.