"The program Gilles and I bring you today is all music that speaks to me at this particular moment in my life, which feels like a turning point in many ways. I used to be insatiably obsessed with the tortured and the profound (I still am), but I seem to have developed a newfound appreciation for the innocent, the delightful, and child-like whimsy.
The Grieg and Bacewicz are full of humor, folk elements, dance, and charm. But fear not, there is plenty of drama and darkness on this program—both the Schumann and Alberga are stunning (and unbelievably compact) stories, both wild, tempestuous, and full of surges of emotion that often come fiercely and without warning. Alberga set to work with the intention of writing a light-hearted duo, and instead found herself haunted by a melody and completely absorbed by Paul Fussell’s The Great War and Modern Memory. The result was No-Man’s-Land Lullaby, a tragically powerful portrayal of life on the front lines of World War I.
This program is much like life: full of surprises, sometimes emotionally wrought, sometimes simply delightful."
Artist's Note from violinst, Stella Chen
- Schumann Sonata No. 1 in A minor for Violin and Piano, Op. 105 (1851)
- Bacewicz Partita for Violin and Piano (1955)
- Eleanor Alberga No-Man's-Land Lullaby for Violin and Piano (1996)
- Grieg Sonata No. 2 in G major for Violin and Piano, Op. 13 (1867)
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