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LTC with String Duo

The sought-after musicians, London-based violinist Lucia Veintimilla and Belgian violist Amaryllis Bartholomeus will join forces to explore the ...

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Thu 31 Oct 2019

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The sought-after musicians, London-based violinist Lucia Veintimilla and Belgian violist Amaryllis Bartholomeus will join forces to explore the repertoire for violin and viola, including Louis Spohr’s exhilarating Grand Duo Op.13 and Halvorsen’s virtuosic Passacaglia on a theme by Handel. The works presented in this concert will showcase the technical possibilities of both instruments, whilst displaying a range of expressive possibilities.

Martinu was one of the best-known 20th Century Czech composer, whose music ranged from operas to film scores. His Three Madrigals for violin and viola duo has been described by the critics as “a delight for musical fantasy, for ingenious figuration [and] for Renaissance-style evocation”. 

Halvorsen was a celebrated violinist, conductor and composer who is remembered today primarily for his brilliant "extrapolation" of Handel's passacaglia for daring ensemble of two stringed instruments. The "theme" is a brief four-measure sequence of eight chords with a characteristic dotted rhythm generating a series of thrilling variations in a tour de force of musical invention.

Spohr is the master of the genre amongst this company and his Duo, long known as the Grand is possibly the best known as well. It was written when he was twenty-four and attests to his eloquence in matters of thematic distribution and, no less, sheer 

virtuosity. 

They will also present two lesser known chamber works in this recital, Sibelius duo in C Major of incredibly melodic charm as well as Kalliwoda’s folksy and cheerful fourth movement of his Duet in C Major.