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Alban Berg's Violin Concerto received its world premiere on 19 April 1936. It was commissioned by American violinist Louis Krasner, who performs the solo part in this UK recording, made some weeks later, with Anton Webern conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
'There is an excruciatingly difficult double-stopping cadenza of particular interest to those students of the violin who delight in overcoming apparently insuperable obstacles. These Mr. Krasner succeeded in disposing of with ease. I hardly imagine the concerto is destined to achieve any world-wide popularity, partly because of its lugubrious programme (it was inspired by the death of an intimate friend of the composer; the difficult cadenza already referred to is said, on good authority, to betoken her unavailing struggle against death), and partly owing to the atonal idion in which the music is composed.' - From The Strad, January 1937
In this video, made in accordance with social distancing rules, the Finnish cellist Anssi Karttunen (recorded in Paris) improvises on the electric cello to a dance improvisation from the Buenos-Aires-born dancer Diana Theocharidis (filmed in Buenos Aires).
This 2018 documentary utilizes footage that was shot between 2009 and 2017, showing the life and work of British-Polish violinist Ida Haendel. She talks about her work with the conductors Charles Munch and Sergiu Celibidache, the violinists Mstislav Rostropovich and Isaac Stern, and about her time as violin teacher of ...
In this video, the 12-year-old Australian-Chinese violinist Christian Li - the youngest ever winner of the Menuhin Competition - plays ‘Fisherman’s Harvest Song’, a traditional folk tune inspired by the fisherman’s harvest in the South China Sea and adapted by the contemporary Chinese composer Li Zili. Li says: ...
In this video, supporting the Sochi International Film Festival Awards, Maxim Vengerov and his daughter Liza play Alessandro Marcello’s Adagio together on the violin and piano.
Maxim Vengerov discusses his sentimental work in our May issue. To read it, click here .