Tag: Bledar Zajmi

Thursday, February 2, 2012: Meet Mr Foerster

Meet Mr Foerster Sometimes it seems that popular access to composers goes in rising and falling cycles. Concert offerings are rife, with different venues-same selections by a given composer everywhere. And then suddenly it seems nobody plays compositions by that composer for a while. Until once more … Such is the case with the Czech composer Josef Bohuslav Foerster (sometimes referred to as JB Förster). So read about him now…

Tuesday, January 10,2012: 60 Seconds with …

60 Seconds with … Golden Silence It was a magical final moment last Saturday afternoon. Pianist Daniel Wiesner and cellist Bledar Zajmi played sublime notes – of silence — at the end of one of their selections. Watch this video, of Josef Suk’s Ballad for Cello and Piano Opus 3 (Balada pro Violoncello a Klavír): It was as if Mr Zajmi was thanking his cello; and although you can’t see…

Thursday, January 5, 2012:Family Fare

Family Fare If you’re new to Prague classical music venues you may not know about a small, friendly concert hall offering quality performances. It’s the Atrium in Žižkov, formerly a Baroque church, now redone as concert and exhibition space. It’s a good place to bring the family for a pleasant introduction to classical music. This Saturday (Jan 7) the warm, intimate cultural center welcomes the crisp cello-piano duo Bledar Zajmi…

Wednesday, Nov 16,2011:Love/Hate Relationship

A Love/Hate Relationship That’s how you might describe Bledar Zajmi’s regard for the cello when he was still a little boy in Albania. The accomplished musician, who has won awards and toured internationally thanks to the bulky wooden instrument, first started playing a more child-friendly version, the violin, at age five. But when he went to register for school, he tells Opus Osm, “the cello teacher saw me first. ‘Oh,…

Tuesday, November 1, 2011:Early Autumn

Early Autumn, Early Concert If switching your clock back to standard time last Saturday has you a little off balance [Czech: “Nejsem ve své kůži,” or, “I'm not in my own skin”], you can still enjoy an evening of live classical music without staying up past your new bedtime. How? By attending the Czech Philharmonic “Early Evening” series of concerts which conveniently start right after work, at 5:30 pm. In…