Internationally renowned violinist Midori brings two concerts to this year’s International Festival, offering a fresh perspective on one of the greatest collections of music in the violin repertoire.
With their colossal ambition, intellectual intensity and huge emotional scope, Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas stand at the pinnacle of solo violin music.
In her first concert, Midori sets the elegant Sonata in G minor against the rich, dense music of the C major Sonata. The eloquent D minor Partita concludes with the mighty Chaconne, one of the most powerful and demanding pieces ever written for a solo instrument.
By way of contrast, Midori begins the second half with Russian composer Alfred Schnittke’s brief yet poignant tribute to his forebear Shostakovich, in which she is accompanied by an invisible, ghostly partner.
‘One wonders if there is a more purely and reliably satisfying violinist than Midori’
The Washington Post
'the sheer perfection of intonation and phrasing left one open-mouthed... will remain long in the memory'
'It takes a musician of Midori's stature to realise [the pieces] and let Bach speak. Her art is the exact antithesis of hollow virtuosity.'
'If musical perfection can be said to exist, it was found in Midori's performance'
The Scotsman- 5 stars
'musical perfection does exist'
Herald Scotland - 5 stars
This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Sonata No 1 in G minor
Sonata No 3 in C
Prelude in memoriam Dmitri Shostakovich
Partita No 2 in D minor