Kristine Balanas violin
Reinis Zarins piano
14 May 7.30pm – 10.46pm
Ysaÿe Sonata for Solo Violin No. 5 Op. 27
Prokofiev Five Mélodies Op. 35
Janáček Violin Sonata
Brahms Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Op.78
Szymanowski Three Paganini Caprices Op. 40
The Latvian virtuosi Kristine Balanas and Reinis Zarins launch the Academy's series by exploring the expressive capabilities of the violin, from the tender lyricism of Brahms’s first sonata to Prokofiev’s haunting miniature ‘songs without words’ and the bleak restlessness of Janáček’s only violin sonata. Along the way they commemorate two of the greatest violinists of all time: Eugène Ysaÿe, known as ‘the king of the violin’, was also a noted composer for the instrument; and the legendary Paganini, whose instantly recognisable theme from 24 Caprices is dazzlingly reinvented by Szymanowski.
Performance runs: c.90 minutes (including interval)
Royal Academy of Music Concert Series
The annual visit by virtuosi from the Royal Academy of Music has become a vital and much-loved feature of the Festival, an opportunity to hear an eclectic selection of classic and contemporary chamber works performed by the stars of tomorrow. This year’s series ranges from Haydn’s emotionally intense ‘Sun’ quartets and the Romanticism of Schumann’s Dichterliebe to the most distinctive voices of the 20th century repertory: Prokofiev, Janáček, Szymanowski, Kurtág and – in this centennial year – Britten.