Michala Petri's 50th Birthday Concert

For Michala Petri, being able to perform on her 50th birthday in Tivoli Concert Hall was very special occasion. It was in that very hall that she had her debut more than four decades earlier, as well as having performed on both her 30th and 40th birthday celebration concerts.

For this Gold Anniversary concert, Michala was joined by the wonderful Kremerata Baltica, in a jubilee commemorating the life and accomplishments of a most creative and adventurous musical life.

The choice of repertoire was Michala’s own and was made based both on what would make an attractive and varied program as well as being representative of her artistry and artistic concerns. Here, the music looks back as well as ahead, and includes the works of the Baroque masters Vivaldi and Albinoni, two exciting contemporary scores composed especially for her (Vassiliev’s Valere Iubere and Chen Yi’s Ancient Chinese Beauty), and at the concert’s mid-point, a beautiful Andante by Mozart. For the remainder of the program, the ensemble of virtuosi known as the Kremerata Baltica take center stage in the performance of two works – Nino Rota’s delightful Neo-Baroque Concerto for Strings and the enchanting Variations on Happy Birthday by Peter Heidrich.

Ms. Petri wishes to express her regret that there was not enough Birthday cake left over to give a piece to everyone, but it is her sincere hope, that the tasty treats served up on that night’s program will satisfy the most discriminating palate.

  • Michala Petri has performed more than 4000 concerts in the worlds leading festivals and Concert Halls,and has broken down the boundaries of her instrument, the recorder.. Since youth she has followed her wish for musical expansion in various ways, through commissioning more than 150 new works, - including more than 30 recorder concertos, through dialogue with other musical cultures and through developing new playing techniques.

    Recorder

    Michala Petri

  • The Kremerata Baltica was launched in 1997 by Gidon Kremer and is today one of the prominent international ensembles.

    Orchestra

    Kremerata Baltica

  • Chen Yi was born in 1953 in Guangzhou, China. She grew up in a very musical household, where she was exposed to Western classical music.

    Composer

    Dr. Chen Yi

  • Artem Vassiliev was born in Kazakhstan in 1974 and moved to Moscow in 1980. He started studying music at the age of 12 and then went on to do his principle studies in composition with Yuri Vorontsov and lectro-acoustic music with Anatoly Kisselev at Gnessins College 1991-95 and with Vorontsov at the Moscow State Conservatoire 1995-2002. 2001-2002 he was granted a full scolarship to the post-graduate department at the Royal Academy of Music in London where he completed MMus in Composition course with distinction.

    Composer

    Artem Vassiliev

Reviews

Michala Petri's 50th Birthday Concert

German Klassik Heute,- Allein die beiden großartigen zeitgenössischen Werke Chens und Vassilievs lohnen den Kauf!

Heinz Braun, Klassik Heute (Germany)

Michala Petri's 50th Birthday Concert

Live-optagelsen af ønskeprogrammet byder på et broget program.

Jyllandsposten, Denmark

Michala Petri's 50th Birthday Concert

Fanfare (US) Petri fans—and all others—won't be disappointed with this disc

Steven E. Ritter , Fanfare

Michala Petri's 50th Birthday Concert

All Music Guide (US)t's Michala's birthday, a good time is had by all, and so shall you

Review by Uncle Dave Lewis, All Music Guide

Michala Petri's 50th Birthday Concert

Pizzicato Magazine, meisterhaft gespielt von der Solistin, brilliant begleitet von der exzellenten Kremerata Baltika.

Remy Franck, Pizzicato

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