Kristine Balanas breaks an E string in the closing bars of Wieniawski’s Polonaise Brillante no.1 in D major.
The performance took place on 6 March at the Latvian Music Awards ceremony with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Guntis Kuzma. The concertmaster who swapped violins
Violinist Kristine Balanas, 27, and cellist sister Margarita,23, perform the Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia at the Great Guild in Riga.
The sisters from Latvia are based in the UK where both studied at the Royal Academy of Music.
Video by Kaspars
This work is the centrepiece of Kyung Wha Chung’s recent release on Warner Classics, featuring music by Fauré, Franck and Debussy.
Read: Kyung Wha Chung: Beau Soir. Works by Fauré, Franck, Debussy [album review]
In this video, Spanish cellist Pablo Ferrández plays two cellos side by side: the 1696 ‘Lord Aylesford’ Stradivari which he has on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation and a 1694 Giuseppe Guarneri ‘filius Andreae’ from J A Beare in London.