dee, his first violin teacher, presents Annop with his official Certificate.
At the end of the academic year several senior students
at Payap’s Music Department are finishing their education with a Senior
Recital. Apart from being a kind of final examination, this also gives them
the opportunity to show their parents, family, friends and local music
lovers their artistic skills. Often teachers and other students join them in
Annop Ruangmanee invited nine musicians to present with
him an interesting program entitled “Through the Time”. He started the
evening with a solo: the adapted “Prelude” from Bach’s Suite for Solo
Cello No.1, in G Major. It was a good opportunity to demonstrate the
beautiful, warm sound that is so characteristic for the viola, which in
other languages is sometimes referred to as an alt-violin or alto.
Next the Viola was joined by the violin, played by Ohm
Chanteyoon. Together they presented seven of Mozart’s “Twelve Duets”
in F, originally written for two horns. The duo impressed with a lively
rendition of these lovely compositions.
Ruangmanee opened his concert with a solo from Bach.
Moving to the Romantic period, Max Bruch’s “Double
Concerto for viola and clarinet” immersed the audience in a stream of Hochromantik
with a convincing interpretation by Annop, together with Ajarn Chaipruck
Mekara on clarinet, and Ajarn David Wilson, who represented the orchestra on
The French Romantic period was represented by two
composers. Theodore Dubois wrote an intimate “Terzettino” for viola,
harp and flute, performed, in addition to Annop, by harpist Ajarn Judith
Utley and flautist Ajarn Pitijet Vichitporn. This trio continued with the
“Pasto-rale” from Claude Debussy’s ‘Sonate pour flute, alto et
The end of the program was dedicated to contemporary
music. The piano piece “Love and Longing”, part of the soundtrack of a
Korean movie, was arranged by Annop for a quartet: Worapa Liengphra-paipant
on oboe, Somphop Homsoi on violin, Bandit Sitson on cello and Annop on
viola. This wonderful arrangement deserves to be played again.
Thai composer Danu Hun-trakul wrote the beautiful piece
“Traveling Feet”. Pianist Merry Manalac, together Annop, presented it.
vIt was an elegant finale to a splendid concert.
Apart from showing himself to be a promising artist, Annop Ruangmanee is
to be commended for his organizational skills, including the production of
an informative booklet as guide to this concert.
Dubois and Debussy was played by a trio with flute, viola and harp.