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Musikfest Berlin: The virtuous play
Source: Musikfest Berlin

The guest-performing violinists at this year’s Musikfest Berlin are masters of their instruments. Their virtuosity, however, is not limited to technical proficiency. In addition, they take on a sought-after challenge, and execute performances which harmonise skill and emotion – everything that characterises artistic accomplishment.
Violinist Isabelle Faust and harpsichordist Kristian Bezuidenhout take up to J. S. Bach’s sonatas for violin and harpsichord, an oeuvre that was written for two musicians, but which consists compositionally of three voices. In his solo recital, Ilya Gringolts takes up the challenge of Paganini’s “24 Capricci per violino solo” and contrasts them with compositions by Salvatore Sciarrino, hereby making acoustic landscapes audible, which these two composers created for the violin. With Gil Shaham and Christian Tetzlaff in the role of soloists, two concerts for violin and orchestra are performed that form part of the incunabula of 20th-century violin literature. The extent to which virtuoso violinists have inspired composers is illustrated by means of Brahms’ violin concerto, which would be inconceivable without the influence of the violinist of the century, Josef Joachim. For a long time considered unplayable, today this work belongs to a violinist’s repertoire. Leonidas Kavakos will perform it at the Musikfest Berlin together with the Filarmonica della Scala.

Musikfest Berlin 
31 August to 18 September 2017 
Philharmonie and oth
er venues

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