14 September 2022
12:00 - 13:00
Avinoam Shalev – clavichord, harpsichord and piano
Bach and the Wolf
JS Bach Praeludium and Fuga à 4 in C-Major, BWV 846
JS Bach Praeludium and Fuga à 4 in A-Minor, BWV 865
EW Wolf Sonata in D-minor (No. 3 in Sei Sonate per il Clavicembalo Solo, 1774)
EW Wolf Sonata in B-flat Major (No. 1 in Sei Sonate per il Clavicembalo Solo, 1774)
CPE Bach Sonata in E-minor Wq 61/5
EW Wolf Ein dreyzehnmal variirtes Thema,
welches sich mit einer kurzen und freien Fantasie angfängt und endigst
Fantasia – Thema. Andante. – Variazioni I-XIII – Thema. Tempo di Minuetto – Fantasia
This programme explores the personal and stylistic influences between JS Bach, his eldest son and Ernst Wilhelm Wolf. Wolf grew up and studied not far from Bach, the father, in Saxony, but they never met, the former being 15 years of age when Bach died. Nonetheless, his music, as well as that of CPE Bach, left an important impression on him. Wolf recommended students in the introduction to his keyboard work publication from 1785 to practice JS Bach’s Preludes and Fugues which he calls “masterpieces […] of the highest expression”. CPE Bach and Wolf regarded each other highly and kept a steady relationship for many years – Wolf sold subscriptions to für Kenner und Liebhaber, and when Bach left for Hamburg, Wolf was offered to take over his position in Berlin as First Harpsichordist for Frederick the Great.
Israeli born Avinoam Shalev is the 1st prize winner of the International Bach Competition in Leipzig in 2018 and had his Wigmore Hall debut in 2019. Since 2021, he serves as professor of historical keyboard instruments at the Berlin Univeristy of the Arts.
He completed his Bachelor’s degree in the fields of piano, harpsichord, organ and musicology with distinction 2011 in Tel Aviv. After moving to Hanover, Germany, he acquired two Master’s degrees in harpsichord and historical pianos, respectively. He is an experienced solo and chamber music performer, playing concerts in Israel, the USA, Central and South America, across Europe, Russia and the Ukraine. He has played solo recitals at the Göttingen Händel Festspiele, Israel Mozart Festival, the Bach Festival in Leipzig and the Bachwoche Ansbach, among others. Avinoam is a trustee of the Keyboard Charitable Trust in England and received the Young Artist full scholarship from Accademia Villa Bossi in Italy.
He is part of the production “Händel goes Tinder”, which is being performed in festivals across Europe. He co-founded prize-winning Ensemble Arava as well as the Lynx Ensemble, combining Swedish folk music with continental European Baroque arrangements. Avinoam was an adjunct professor (Lehrbeauftragter) at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart.
The Cobbe Collection Trust in collaboration with The Keyboard Charitable Trust.
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Last approximately one hour.
Last approximately two hours with one interval
during which juice and wine are served.
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