Foto: Bård Gundersen
Prokofiev and Beethoven
Tue 10 November 7pm
This concert is included in the following subscription series:
Aula Gold series
Lorenza Borrani artistic leader / violin
Violin Sonata No. 1, arr. for solo violin and strings
Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet No. 14, Op. 131, arr. for string orchestra
For our last concert with this year's guest artistic director Lorenza Borrani, we have chosen two gigantic chamber works in their transcribed versions for string orchestra.
Written in 1826, the year before Beethoven's death, the String Quartet Op. 131 is one of his most revelatory late string quartets. It was also the composer's favourite one - the work that leaves behind everything which came before, including Beethoven's earlier works, and moves into a new dimension.
It is however Prokofiev's Violin Sonata that opens the evening with Lorenza Borrani as soloist. Considered one of the darkest, most haunting and yet ferocious music Prokofiev ever wrote, the Sonata was conceived during the time when Stalin's Great Terror was in full swing. It is most probably the bitter experience from the time that made this work one of his most powerfully concentrated compositions. In this transcription for solo violin and string orchestra, the sonata's original piano part provides a compelling
context for the grand orchestration.