With great pleasure, I would like to announce a pair of recitals – December 11 in Boxford and December 13 in Cambridge – with a fascinating take on the “Old World” violin recital and a very special program from the heart.
The violin has often been called the instrument that most resembles the human voice, that pulls the heart strings, that makes dignified people weep! This is because of it’s expressive power and its vast, varied repertoire. There is a great tradition of violin recitals that take listeners on a journey of emotional experiences, featuring lighthearted works alongside serious ones, and celebrating the artistic potential of this wonderful instrument.
The first half of these recitals features some of the great sonatas by Mozart, Prokofiev, and Bach – among the stalwart masterpieces of the recital repertoire:
Prokofiev Five Melodies
Mozart Sonata in A Major, K 526
Bach Solo Sonata No 1 in g minor
The second half features delightful salon pieces and encores, such as Schubert’s Ave Maria, Dvorak’s beloved Humoresque, and others by Kreisler and Brahms. The wonderful Eliko Akahori will join me on the piano.
This program is very special to me personally, as many of these pieces had a deep effect on me as a young violinist. The Bach Sonata, especially, was perhaps the piece that convinced me to go into music professionally! I remember practicing the first movement of that pieces – a sad, but gorgeous and profoundly moving slow movement – late into the night one day as a young student. Working so patiently, trying to get deep into the feeling of the piece and find the right expressive sound and phrasing, in that moment it was absolutely clear to me that I would spend my life with this music.
Dvorak’s Humoresque is another piece that I often performed as a young child, though in those days it was perhaps the abridged version! (Don’t tell my 10-year-old self!) Many of these short, song-like “salon pieces” are so beautiful, and deeply moving in their simplicity – others are exciting and dazzling in their virtuosity! The great violinists of the previous century, such as Menuhin, Heiftz, Kreisler and Elman, often played these short masterpieces. Possibly that is one small part of why the violin was so loved and celebrated as a popular instrument!
It is a joy to take the dust off some of these old pages, and to return to simple pleasures and serious works alike. I hope audiences will find the same pleasure in listening to this music this December.
Use the links below to order tickets! I hope to see you there!
Photo from last June’s recital at the First Church in Cambridge.