Stefan Jackiw, violin & Conrad Tao, piano - 92Y, New York

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Stefan Jackiw, violin & Conrad Tao, piano

Conrad Tao, piano & Stefan Jackiw, violin

“Conrad Tao’s playing was little short of a miracle … his accomplishments as an artist are far beyond anything one might expect at such an age.” — Calgary Herald

“(Jackiw) has all the requisite virtuosity and technical firepower one would expect from a young soloist … but he placed technique at the service of a notably refined sense of artistry.” — The Boston Globe

Dual phenoms Conrad Tao and Stefan Jackiw offer an exciting program of works by Stravinsky, Lutosławski, Saariaho, and Brahms. Selections include Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne—droll transformations of music by 18th century composer Pergolesi—and another paean to an earlier day: Lutosławki’s Partita. Though the title is that of a baroque suite, the harmonic language is modern; warm melodies give way to virtuosic abandon. Kaija Saariaho’s memorial of Lutosławki offers a rich palette of sounds, and the program ends with Johannes Brahms’s songful first violin sonata. In the sonata’s third movement, Brahms quotes his song “Regenlied” (“Rain Song”), the text of which perfectly evokes the wistful mood of this sonata, “Awaken again in me those dreams/That I had dreamed in childhood.”

  • Stravinsky, Suite Italienne
  • Lutosławski, Partita
  • Kaija Saariaho, Nocturne in memory of Lutoslawski
  • Brahms, Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78

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