WITOLD LUTOSłAWSKI – Subito
ARVO PÄRT – Fratres
FRANCIS POULENC – Sonata for Violin and Piano FP 119
CLAUDE DEBUSSY – Sonata for Violin and Piano L. 148(140)
ARVO PÄRT – Spiegel im Spiegel
MAURICE RAVEL – Sonata No. 2 in G Major
EMMA MCGRATH, Violin
TAMARA-ANNA CISLOWSKA, Piano
British violinist Emma McGrath made her London debut aged 10 in the Purcell Room and at 14 performed Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, in the Queen Elizabeth Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Howard Shelley. She has since performed with numerous professional ensembles and orchestras, and has played in France, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Brunei, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Russia, Israel, the UK and the USA as a soloist. Since 2016 Emma has been the Concertmaster of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
ARIA award-winning Tamara-Anna Cislowska is one of Australia’s most acclaimed pianists, performing and recording in Australia and internationally to both critical and public acclaim. Earning international prizes in London, Italy and Greece such as the Rovere d’Oro, and touring Japan and the USA as cultural ambassador for Australia, Tamara’s accolades include ABC Young Performer of the Year, the Freedman Fellowship, an Art Music Award for ‘Performance of the Year’ (ACT) and the 2015 ARIA award for ‘Best Classical Album’.
These two distinguished local artists present a wonderful twentieth-century program. French masters, Debussy, Ravel and Poulenc, their three sonatas by turns mellow and astringent, are ‘paired’ with Arvo Pärt’s two most popular pieces, Fratres and Spiegel im Spiegel, meditative and profound. The opener is Lutosławski’s improvisatory and fascinating Subito.
Photographs: Paul Hoelen & Chris Donaldson