Candida Thompson artistic director and violin
Ray Chen violin
- Respighi • Antiche Danze ed Arie, Suite III
- Stravinsky • Suite italienne for violin and string orchestra (arr. A. Williams)
- Tartini • Devil’s Trill Sonata (arr. F. Kreisler)
- Tchaikovsky • Souvenir de Florence
The Russians had a great love of Italy. Despite his melancholic temperament, when Tchaikovsky visited Florence the result was a sweepingly sunny work for strings. Stravinsky also often visited Italy. He conducted premières of his own works there and even chose to be buried in his favourite city Venice. Stravinsky selected a small number of dances from his celebrated ballet Pulcinella and arranged them for the violin. Three centuries earlier Tartini encountered a virtuosic violin-playing devil in a dream. When the composer awoke he wrote down the music and the Devil’s Trill sonata was conceived. Only exceptional violinists such as Ray Chen have the talent necessary to bring off this work with great conviction.