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Published on Oct 10, 2012
The Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra, under Zbyněk Müller, at the 2012 'Indian Summer in Levoca' Festival, give the first public performance in two hundred years of music from the first three acts of Hummel's 1812 ballet, 'Sappho', from a score especially created by Hummel scholar Ian Christians.
I: Overture II: Andante Maestoso -- Allegro moderato III: Opfer: Larghetto IV: Solo di Mme Vigano: Adagio ma non troppo-Allegro con fuoco V: Allegretto VI: Marcia con moto -- Allegretto VII: Pas de deux: Larghetto sostenuto assai -- Allegro vivace VIII: Pastorale. Allegro vivo. IX: Andante maestoso - Poco Allegretto -- Tempo d'Ecossaise X: Andante con moto - Allegro vivace 'Furiant'. XI: Pas de trois: Larghetto e cantabile -- Allegro
Hummel, born in Bratislava (then Pressburg) in 1778, completed his ballet 'Sappho of Mytilene' in September 1812 and it had at least one performance in Vienna that year, where it was announced as a 'large heroic ballet'. This seems to have been its only appearance so we were delighted to give it a bicentenary performance this year in Levoča.