So after watching John Malkovich from afar for nearly thirty years, our paths finally crossed here in Ljubljana last Thursday night.
I was vaguely familiar with Sabato, who was chosen to chair a commission that investigated the crimes committed by the Argentinian military during the brutal ‘Dirty War’ in Argentina of the 1970s and 80s, but haven’t read any of his work. I knew nothing about ‘On Heroes and Tombs’ before and now I can’t wait to read it. Malkovich apparently has the film rights. A great time was had by all.
For further exploration, here’s Schnittke’s Concerto for Piano and Strings’:
Here’s Malkovich and Terenkova performing the piece in Helsinki in 2016:
And the trailer for the world premiere of the project in 2015, with Malkovich performing the piece with pianist Ksenia Kogan.
It would be a great discourtesy to not mention the show’s first half, specifically Slovenian violinist Lana Trotovšek, and her refined, inspired and inspiring performance of Johan Sebastian Bach’s ‘Violin Concerto in A minor No. 1. It was a sort of homecoming for the London-based Ljubljana native whose star began to rise internationally when she was 17.
I’ll hunt around to see if I can find a recording or footage of the Ljubljana performance; in the meantime, if you’re not familiar with the piece, here’s a Nigel Kennedy performance from 2010 with the Irish Chamber Orchestra.
Ljubljana, Slovenia, 20-Jul-2017