The Red Violin Recital

5th October (Saturday), 6 pm - Chamber Hall of CKK Jordanki
“The Red Violin” recital
Tickets: 30/25 (BUY TICKET)
Elizabeth Pitcairn – violin (playing the eponymous ‘Red Violin’)
Louise Thomas – piano

L. van Beethoven - Violin Sonata No.5, Op.24 
J. Corigliano - Red Violin Chaconne
C. Saint-Saëns - Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 75
G. Dinicu/Heifetz - Hora Staccato
J. Williams - Theme from the Schindler's List
P. Sarasate - Zigeunerweisen

The violin has many faces, especially this one...

The programme of the ‘Red Violin’ Recital includes classical, romantic and twentieth-century musical pieces, as well as two compositions made specially for cinema.

The Fifth Sonata in F major Op. 24 ‘Spring’ by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) was written at the turn of 1801 and dedicated to Moritz von Fries, the composer’s friend and patron. The work marries lyrical tones with elements characteristic of the Sturm und Drang style (‘storm and stress’), combining long musical phrases with energetic narrative strands marked by chromatic ornamentation. This is Beethoven’s first four-movement sonata with an added scherzo. It was nicknamed ‘Spring’ for the associations it evokes with the season of the year when everything comes to life. This is little wonder, especially as the piece has an endearingly melodious and pastoral character. The first movement is an allegro, followed by an adagio, a short and playful scherzo (with a spirited ‘dispute’ involving all instruments that is punctuated by a short theme, the rhythm stumbling amusingly over a quaver. The final rondo returns to the dancing rhythm that pervades the sonata as a whole.

Sonata No. 1 in D minor Op. 74 by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921), dedicated to the outstanding violin virtuoso Martin Marsick, is decidedly Beethovenian in character. It opens with a vigorous allegro, marked by a syncopated, heroically expressed rhythm, that is immediately followed by an adagio, revolving around a breath-taking dialogue between the violin and the piano. The third part, Allegro moderato, is an interlude leading to Allegro molto, the energetic virtuoso finale.

Hora staccato is a 1906 composition by the Romanian composer Grigoraș Dinicu (1889–1949), which has become particularly popular owing to the 1932 arrangement by Jascha Heifetz. This virtuoso masterpiece derives from a folk circle dance that is especially well known in Romania, Moldova and Israel.

In 1878, Pablo de Sarasate (1844–1908) created his famous Zigeunerweisen Op. 20. The work draws inspiration from the music of the Roma people of Hungary. The form of this undeniably popular work developed from the Hungarian Rhapsodies by Franz Liszt, whom Sarasate met in Budapest in the 1970s.

Music certainly exceeds the meaning of words, which are uncapable of mediating the experience of wartime atrocities. John Williams, who composed the soundtrack to Schindler’s List, is an artist who can do so by transcending words and images alike.

The music of John Corigliano (b. 1938) accompanies the narrative of the film ‘The Red Violin’ by François Girard. The film’s plot was inspired by the famous ‘Red Mendelssohn’, a Stradivarius violin from 1721, now owned by Elizabeth Pitcairn. This instrument is going to be the protagonist of tonight’s event.

The concert has been sponsored by MatBud