The following programs showcase repertoire that I have enjoyed performing over the past few years. I speak briefly before each half and describe the themes and works being performed to enhance the audience’s experience.
TRIBUTE TO FRITZ KREISLER (1875-1962)
Kreisler: Praeludium and Allegro (one of Kreisler’s most-loved works)
for violin and piano (1875-1962)
Ysäye: Sonata No. 4 in E Minor, opus 27 (dedicated to Kreisler)
for violin alone (1858-1931)
Bach: Chaconne from the Partita in D Minor for Solo Violin
(as played by Kreisler in rare silent video) (1685-1750)
Schubert: Sonata in A Major for violin and piano
opus 162 (recorded by Kreisler with Rachmaninoff, piano) (1797-1828)
This themed program is being given in recognition of the important role that Fritz Kreisler played in the history of violin playing. It is hoped that this presentation will also highlight the broader musical values that made him one of the truly great artists of his day.
ALL BRAHMS (The Three Sonatas for violin and piano)
Brahms: Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78
Brahms: Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100
Brahms: Sonata No. 3 in d minor, Op. 108
This themed program presents three great masterpieces of the violin literature.
Rarely played together on one program, violinist Martin Stoner brings rare musical insight to these works thru Stoner’s study of these works with a violinist whose Viennese teacher played these works with Brahms himself!