An extraordinary, generation-linking concert will take place on 4 November at 7:00 p.m. “BBC New Generation Artist” violinist Esther Yoo and veteran artist Augustin Dumay will appear with Sinfonia Varsovia in Warsaw. The programme consists of masterpieces by Schubert and Brahms.
The concert will open with a performance of Franz Schubert’s Entr’acte No.3 from the music to the ballet “Rosamunde”. The composer was asked to write incidental music to a drama titled “Rosamunde, Princess of Cyprus”, written by Helmina von Chézy. The work was written in 1823 and the first performance took place in Vienna in December of that year. After two performances the ballet was taken off the bill, but Schubert’s composition, brimming with fresh, gracious melodies, endured. It is not as popular, though, as the next item on the programme of Sinfonia Varsovia’s concert under the direction of Augustin Dumay – namely the Unfinished Symphony.
Only in 1865, 37 years after Schubert’s death, was the manuscript of this work discovered and the famous Symphony No.8, the Unfinished was performed for the first time. Schubert probably abandoned the idea of composing subsequent movements, considering that the concept of the work did not require it. The symphony is characterised by a subtle artistry, extraordinary concentration of expression and brevity of formal structure. Brahms himself said: “…if all works were as finished as this one then, believe me, we would live in a true music paradise”.
Brahms composed his masterpiece – the Violin Concerto in D major – in 1878. He dedicated it to his friend, the famous violinist Joseph Joachim, who performed the concerto for the first time in the Leipzig Gewandhaus on New Year’s Day in 1879, with the composer conducting. The concerto is reminiscent of a symphony with solo violin and is considered to be one of the greatest masterpieces of music for the violin. It also poses an extreme challenge for the performer’s technical and interpretative for the soloist, in this case Esther Yoo. This is a young violinist of Korean descent, brought up in Europe. Born in 1994, the artist plays the 1704 “Prince Obolensky” Stradivarius, lent to her by a generous private collector.
Despite her young age, Esther Yoo has already performed with major orchestras and conductors, including the legendary Lorin Maazel. She began to play the violin at only four years of age. At sixteen she became the youngest laureate of the 10th Sibelius International Violin Competition (2010). In 2012 she became one of the youngest laureates of the Queen Elisabeth Competition.
The young soloist will be counterbalanced by the experience of violinist and conductor Augustin Dumay. Although critics around the world place Augustin Dumay (born in 1949) among the greatest violinists of the 20th century, over the past decade the artist has been increasingly active as a conductor. He will appear in this role in the concert on 4 November in the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio in Warsaw. It is worth noting that in May 2015 an album was released with Dumay appearing as violinist and conductor, playing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and accompanied by Sinfonia Varsovia.
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For more information please visit: www.sinfoniavarsovia.org