Anthony Marwood direction and violin
Alexander Melnikov piano
- Thorvalsdottir • Illumine (Dutch première)
- Tchemberdji • Double Concerto for violin, piano, strings and percussion (world première)
- Enescu • String Octet opus 7 (string orchestra version)
The cellist Pablo Casals referred to the young Romanian composer Georges Enescu as ‘the greatest musical phenomenon since Mozart’. Already from a very young age the child prodigy Georges Enescu was performing as a violinist and pianist. At the age of 19 he also revealed himself to be a composer, producing his masterly string octet. Before the interval we hear the world première of a new double concerto by the Russian composer Katia Tchemberdji. The Icelander Anna Thorvaldsdottir creates sounds in her compositions that are often associated with the picturesque nature of her homeland: northern desert landscapes, hot springs, glaciers, fjords and sleeping volcanos. She composed Illumine for eight string players in 2016.