Candida Thompson artistic director and violin
Ning Feng violin
Henze Il Vitalino raddoppiato; Chaconne for violin and ensemble (Dutch première)
Bach Goldberg Variations for string orchestra (arr. D. Sitkovetsky)
The Chinese violinist Ning Feng is recognised internationally as an artist of great lyricism, innate musicality and stunning virtuosity. It has been a wish of the orchestra for some time to work with him. Feng plays a Stradivari violin from 1721 and performs all over the world. With Amsterdam Sinfonietta, he plays the solo in Il Vitalino Radoppiato by Hans Werner Henze. It is the modernistic Henze as you’ve never heard him before, in a virtuosic Baroque style. Henze wrote an exciting arrangement for violin and string orchestra of the well-known Chaconne by Tomaso Vitali, a contemporary of Bach, which is played by all the great violinists: Jascha Heifetz played it at his debut in Carnegie Hall, David Oistrach put it on the programme of his final exam. After the intermission, the most famous set of variations by Bach is played, in an arrangement for full string orchestra by violinist Dmitry Sitkovetsky.