Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Violin Sonata in G minor, L 140 (1917)
I. Allegro vivo
II. Intermède: Fantasque et léger
III. Finale: Très animé
Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931)
Sonata for Solo Violin Op 27 No 6 'À Manuel Quiroga'
Allegro giusto non troppo vivo
Jules Massenet (1842-1912)
from the opera Thaïs (1894)
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Scherzo in C Minor
from F-A-E Sonata (1853)
If you missed this excellent concert, or you would like to hear it again, here is the YouTube video of the entire programme:
The bobbing heads on the front row are two artists sketching the musicians as they play. Members of Leatherhead Art Club regularly come to enjoy the music and the challenge of sketching moving artistes during our concerts.
Rivers of sound cascade hemiolas –
three into two, two into three –
swept along in passionate sequences;
rising and tumbling, they burst all constraints.
Contrast of instrument, strings and piano;
mouthpieces faithful channel composer.
Mirrored by features northern and orient;
Poland and Taiwan, fair hair and dark.
Female energy blends all these differences,
integrates duo, blue eyes and black.
Soaring on dreamy wings meditational,
high note harmonic hangs in the air.
Singing tear-drops fly from her bow;
pizzicato, then smoothly phrased.
Sonorous chords from the piano below
resonate poignantly, capture the heart.
Borne aloft by tide unstoppable,
we are at one, totally One
into the moment of exquisite ecstasy,
flowing Beyond in this River of Sound.
Peter Horsfield 10/9/2015