In one of the most exciting classical music debuts of the year, two award-winning young stars make their first recital tour of Australia.
The program reflects the equal nature of their roles. Saint-Saëns’ First Violin Sonata requires two virtuosi to bring it off: the two parts are equal in emotional expression and take turns in musical leadership, before joining for an exuberant finale which has been called ‘the most exciting in the repertoire’. Mozart wrote his delightful Violin Sonata K. 454 for himself to play at the keyboard, accompanying a violin virtuoso – though the story goes that he ran out of time to write out his own part before the premiere, and played from a blank page!
Janáček’s Sonata is a darker beast, written at the onset of the Great War, with what the composer described as ‘the sound of metal clashing’ in his head. But it has a richly Romantic character too, and a wealth of Bohemian folk touches. A notable inclusion on the program is a purpose-built world premiere by Jane Stanley, an Australian composer now resident in Glasgow, whose distinctive musical language marries fiery technique with emotional impact.