The recital opens with Mozart’s Violin Sonata No. 35 (1787), one of his great late works, before plunging into romanticism with Schumann’s Violin Sonata No. 1 (1851). Disliked somewhat by its own creator, it has since been acclaimed a masterwork, creating an uneasy yet richly lyrical sense of beauty from its two instruments. After a first movement of passionate intensity and a sweetly melodic allegretto, the sonata ends with a climax of startling frenzy that rushes towards an astounding climax.
After the interval, the pair venture off into post-war territory with Avro Pärt’s famed Fratres (1977), a piece of unfaltering enchantment that the composer himself has set to numerous different instruments. It will be followed by Toru Takumitsu’s early Distance de Fee (1951), which was inspired by the French textures of Debussy and Messiaen. The concert will close with Ravel’s Violin Sonata No. 2 (1923-7), which fuses the composer’s impressionistic textures with American jazz and blues. A more diverse programme is hard to imagine; on the strength of both musician’s careers, though, they look sure to handle it admirably.
|What||Viktoria Mullova & Katia Labèque, St John's Smith Square|
|Where||St John’s Smith Square, St John’s Smith Square,, London,, SW1P 3HA | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Westminster (underground)|
On 06 Nov 15, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
|Website||Click here to book via the Southbank Centre|