Warsaw | Roman Lasocki and Friends


During the extraordinary Roman Lasocki and Friends concert, which will take place on 26 November 2019 at 7 p.m., at the Warsaw Philharmonic, the audience will be able to appreciate some of the most virtuosic and representative works ever written for the violin, reflecting the broad spectrum of the chamber repertoire devoted to this instrument.

César Franck’s Sonata in A Major for violin and piano from 1886 is one of the most exquisite examples of this genre. Since its premiere, it has been a constant fixture of violin recitals. The fact that it features in the programme alongside Eugene Ysaÿe’s similarly titled composition is no accident, as the latter was not only an important composer for this instrument but first and foremost a phenomenal violinist, for whom Franck wrote his Sonata in A Major.

Over a hundred different paraphrases, potpourris, fantasias and variations on opera themes have been arranged for violin and piano. Henryk Wieniawski wrote Fantasia on Themes from Gounod’s Faust in 1865 (with himself in mind as the performer), only six years after the opera’s premiere in Paris. Moreover, Wieniawski was not the only artist to come up with the idea of using Gounod’s operatic themes (which were extremely popular with the public) to dazzle a large audience with a display of virtuosity – similar works were written by Sarasate and Vieuxtemps, among others.

The Russian Igor Frolov has gone down in history not only as a first-rate violinist but also as a teacher of several generations of violinists. And the fact that he was also a composer – his works are now a mandatory part of the repertoire at prestigious violin competitions – is further testimony to his versatility.

The concert begins and ends with Polish music from the 20th century. Apart from Witold Lutosławski’s Partita for violin and piano, whose rhythmical diversity reflects influences from the 18th century, the audience will also hear Ricercar sopra Roman Lasocki performed by the addressee of the dedication (the theme of the piece is a musical arrangement of the violinist’s name).

Piotr Maculewicz

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