Viara Markova (violin), Annelien Ball (piano)
The collaboration between Viara Markova and Annelien Ball explores works of two Viennese composers – Franz Schubert and Erich Korngold.
Schubert’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, D 574, also known as “Grand Duo” was composed in August 1817, when Schubert was only 19 years old. There is a strong thematic unity between the four movements and unbroken stream of graceful, beautifully crafted melody, with contrasting influences of Beethoven, balanced with Schubert’s own maturing lyricism.
One of the most astonishing youthful prodigies in the history of composition, Erich Wolfgang Korngold wrote his Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major at the age of 15 – 16. Pianist by training, like his older contemporary Richard Strauss, he clearly identified the violin with the human voice. This big, four movement, symphonically – proportioned Sonata is lushly romantic and rhapsodical.
The program also includes the violin and piano transcript of Korngold’s incidental music to Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing.