Recorded on 04/24/2007, uploaded on 01/14/2009
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
This is a program of
interesting parallels and circular links. The focus is mid-nineteenth century Paris. We open with
a piece by Wieniawski, the Polish violinist who studied at the Paris
Conservatory and who credits a meeting with Chopin as his inspiration for
pursuing the craft of composition. We then move to Franck, who wrote a piece
for his Belgian compatriot, Ysaÿe. Both composer and performer studied at the
storied Parisian cultural mecca, Ysaÿe as a student of Wieniawski. In cyclic
fashion, the recital closes with a beautiful Nocturne by Chopin. To draw one
final parallel to the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, we
present our newest Gold Medalist Augustin Hadelich, the recipient of prizes
established under the artistic direction of our founder Josef Gingold, one of
the most famous students of Eugène Ysaÿe.
Polish violinist Henryk
Wieniawski began his musical life as a child prodigy. Encouraged by his mother,
a professional pianist, Wieniawski began violin lessons at the age of five.
Often compared to Paganini, Wieniawski was an intensely expressive artist of
great individuality. His small number of compositions pointed to his interest
in a "national" style of Polish music. The earliest works, emphasizing
technical difficulty and virtuoso effects, were composed for his own
performances. This piece, originally accompanied by orchestra, was completed in
1852. From the rhythmically energetic
opening to the graceful melodies, the Polonaise hovers between heroism and
Notes by Catherine Partlow Strauss,
International Violin Competition of Indianapolis
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
Hadelich was here two years ago and played a perfect Brahms concerto. Nice to hear him again.
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