In this program, violinist Francesca Anderegg considers the kaleidoscopic influences on Russian composers, inspired by sources from their cultural heritage as well as distant myths. Stravinsky’s Divertimento “La baiser de la fée” (The Fairy’s Kiss), from the ballet of the same name, is an homage to the music of Tchaikovsky: Stravinsky develops the delicate simplicity and clarity of Tchaikovsky’s songs into a work of polish and sophistication. A pair of sonatas — Prokofiev’s lyrical Sonata No. 2 and Nikolai Medtner’s vivacious Sonata No. 1, inspired by the Greco-Roman god Bacchus — have all the drama and virtuosity of the Russian romantic tradition.
Works to be performed on “The Fairy’s Kiss” program include:
Tchaikovsky, “Lullaby in the Storm” from Songs for Children, Op. 54
“Humoresque (arr. Kreisler)” from 2 Pieces, Op. 10
“Serenata” from Romances, Op. 63
Stravinsky, Divertimento from “La baiser de la fée”
Prokofiev, Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano
Medtner, Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano
With pianist Brent Funderburk.