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One Day After Cultural Day – Never Mind

Hosted by the Consul of the Tokyo Music Lovers Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Sun 04 Nov 12:00 - 16:15

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Bizet – Carmen Suite, Borodin – Polovtsian Dance, Brahms Symphony No 2
3rd November is our cultural day. Even though this concert will be taken place on the next day, never mind, let’s enjoy completely different style (in terms of composers, country of origin) of classical music pieces, which will be performed by Kokugakuin University Orchestra. The program comprises all well-known and each piece has comfortable harmonious melodies.

Polovtsian Dances from the opera "Prince Igor" – Alexander Borodin
Carmen Suite – George Bizet
Symphony No 2 – J Brahms

4th November (Sunday)
Meeting Time: Noon (12:00)

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Please keep in your mind, only local train stops the station.

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12:00 Meeting time
12:30 Café / Brunch
13:30 Door Open
14:00 Concert Start
16:15 Close

Cost: Free admission (Thanks to the orchestra)
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The Polovtsian Dances, or Polovetsian Dances (Russian: Половецкие пляски, tr. Polovetskie plyaski from the Russian "Polovtsy"—the name given to the Kipchaks and Cumans by the Rus' people) form an exotic scene at the end of Act II of Alexander Borodin's opera Prince Igor.

The work remained unfinished when the composer died in Protected content , although he had worked on it for more than a decade. A performing version was prepared by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Alexander Glazunov, appearing in Protected content . Several other versions, or "completions," of the opera have been made. The dances are performed with chorus and last between 11 and 14 minutes. They occur in Act I or Act II, depending on which version of the opera is being used. Their music is popular and sometimes given in concert as an orchestral showpiece. At such performances the choral parts are often omitted. The opera also has a "Polovtsian March," which opens Act III, and an overture at the start. When the dances are given in concert, a suite may be formed: Overture, Polovtsian Dances and March from "Prince Igor."

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Sir Simon Rattle - Beliner Philharmoniker Orchestra

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Carmen (French pronunciation: [kaʁmɛn]; Spanish: [ˈkaɾmen]) is an opera in four acts by French composer Georges Bizet. The libretto was written by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based on a novella of the same title by Prosper Mérimée. The opera was first performed by the Opéra-Comique in Paris on 3 March Protected content , where its breaking of conventions shocked and scandalized its first audiences.

Bizet died suddenly after the 33rd performance, unaware that the work would achieve international acclaim within the following ten years. Carmen has since become one of the most popular and frequently performed operas in the classical canon; the "Habanera" from act 1 and the "Toreador Song" from act 2 are among the best known of all operatic arias.

The opera is written in the genre of opéra comique with musical numbers separated by dialogue. It is set in southern Spain and tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by the wiles of the fiery gypsy Carmen. José abandons his childhood sweetheart and deserts from his military duties, yet loses Carmen's love to the glamorous matador Escamillo, after which José kills her in a jealous rage. The depictions of proletarian life, immorality, and lawlessness, and the tragic death of the main character on stage, broke new ground in French opera and were highly controversial.

After the premiere, most reviews were critical, and the French public was generally indifferent. Carmen initially gained its reputation through a series of productions outside France, and was not revived in Paris until Protected content . Thereafter, it rapidly acquired popularity at home and abroad. Later commentators have asserted that Carmen forms the bridge between the tradition of opéra comique and the realism or verismo that characterised late 19th-century Italian opera.

The music of Carmen has since been widely acclaimed for brilliance of melody, harmony, atmosphere, and orchestration, and for the skill with which Bizet musically represented the emotions and suffering of his characters. After the composer's death, the score was subject to significant amendment, including the introduction of recitative in place of the original dialogue; there is no standard edition of the opera, and different views exist as to what versions best express Bizet's intentions. The opera has been recorded many times since the first acoustical recording in Protected content , and the story has been the subject of many screen and stage adaptations.

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Andre Cluytens - Paris Conservaloire Orchestra

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Symphony No. 2 (Brahms)
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Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73, was composed by Johannes Brahms in the summer of Protected content , during a visit to Pörtschach am Wörthersee, a town in the Austrian province of Carinthia. Its composition was brief in comparison with the 21 years it took Brahms to complete his First Symphony.

The cheery and almost pastoral mood of the symphony often invites comparisons with Beethoven's Sixth Symphony, but, perhaps mischievously, Brahms wrote to his publisher on November 22, Protected content , that the symphony "is so melancholy that you will not be able to bear it. I have never written anything so sad, and the score must come out in mourning.

The premiere was given in Vienna on 30 December Protected content the Vienna Philharmonicunder the direction of Hans Richter; Walter Frisch notes that it had originally been scheduled for 9 December, but "in one of those little ironies of music history, it had to be postponed [because] the players were so preoccupied with learning Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner.

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Carlos Kleiber - Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra