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Dansons la Chaconne

In 1942, acclaimed American dancer / choreographer José Limón created a new piece set to J.S. Bach’s Chaconne from the Partita No. 2 in D Minor for solo violin. Now an integral part of the repertory of his namesake company, earlier this year the ensemble teamed up with WQXR and violinist Johnny Gandelsman for this gorgeous video, shot in the Limón Dance Company’s Harlem rehearsal space.

Offertorium

The State Academic Symphony Orchestra "Evgeny Svetlanov" (Государственный Академический Симфонический Оркестр России имени Е. Ф. Светланова), directed by Vladimir Yurovsky and with Vadim Repin on violin, performs Sofia Gubaidulina's "Offertorium" at Moscow's Tchaikovsky Concert Hall on May 30, 2016

Violino & Violoncelo

Well known violist Simone Lamsma and cellist Victor Julien-Laferrière join their forces during the Utrecht International Chamber Music Festival 2018. They perform Martinů's 'Duo for Violin and Cello No. 1', a musical wonder filled with Bohemian melodies and rhythms.

 

Martinů: Duo for Violin and Cello No. 1, H. 157
Simone Lamsma [violin]
Victor Julien-Laferrière [cello]

 

Recording: Saturday the 30th of June 2018, during The Utrecht International Chamber Music Festival in TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht.

Bernstein's Serenade for Violin and Orchestra

New England Conservatory celebrates composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein on the centennial of his birth. Here we have Bernstein’s Serenade (after Plato’s “Symposium”) as performed by the NEC Philharmonia and violinist In Mo Yang ’17 AD and conducted by Hugh Wolff.

 

Serenade for Violin and Orchestra "after Plato's Symposium"

 

Phaedrus; Pausanias
Aristophanes
Eryximachus
Agathon
Socrates; Alcibiades

 

Composer: Leonard Bernstein
Conductor: Hugh Wolff
Ensemble: NEC Philharmonia
Artists: In Mo Yang (Violin)

BWV 1004

Live recording from Saint John's Smith Square, London (1978)
Itzhak Perlman - violin

 

Johann Sebastian Bach - Partita in D Minor, BWV 1004

1:03 Allemande
4:34 Courante
6:36 Sarabande
11:00 Gigue
13:50 Chaconne

 

Click here for the whole film "I know I played every note": https://youtu.be/haxPfFi58ww

Christopher Nupen about the performance: 

"A memorable performance of the Bach partita, shot live at a public concert in London which helped us to learn that there is almost always a depth to live performance on film that is frequently missing from studio performances. [...] The partita in D minor partita BWV 1004 includes the great chaconne, one of the towering masterpieces of Western music."

An Allegro Film by Christopher Nupen

Sonata "Póstuma"

Yuja Wang and Kavakos Leonidas at Carnegie Hall in 2014.

From All Music:

Ravel's so-called "posthumous" sonata, rather than having been penned from beyond the grave, is of course an early work not published until 1975, long after the composer's death. Not to be confused with Ravel's much better known G major sonata from 30 years later, which melds blues with neo-Classicism, this compact, one-movement sonata in A minor from 1897 adheres to the classic exposition-development-recapitulation-coda sequence. It shows the strong influence of Fauré and Franck, yet also uses a harmonic and melodic language Ravel would later make his own in his Piano Trio and String Quartet. The first theme, heard without introduction, is sinuous and dreamy; the second theme, brought in after a short piano solo, is smoother, broader, and at times vaguely Oriental, while still almost passing for Fauré. The coda, after a condensed recapitulation, is particularly chromatic, as if it were plucked from Franck's more famous violin sonata.