West Wicklow Festival 'Winter Weekend': Kristīne & Margarita Balanas
Kristīne Balanas (violin) & Margarita Balanas (cello)
Latvian sisters Kristīne and Margarita Balanas are two of the most exciting and versatile artists of their generation. Known for their distinguished artistry and mesmerising stage presence, they have dazzled audiences all over the world in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Foundation Louis Vuitton, Royal Festival Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Philharmonie, Berlin.
Kristīne and Margarita have selected an alluring programme for their West Wicklow Festival performance. Including Bach’s famously visceral Cello Suite No. 1, Handel’s melodious Passacaglia, excerpts from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Ravel’s stunning Sonata, and the Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks’ shimmering Castillo Interior, their performance will combine some of the most virtuosic and life-affirming works in the repertoire. We are especially delighted that the Balanas sisters will perform the world premiere of A Russborough Diversion, a new arrangement by Anne-Marie O Farrell, commissioned by the Festival.
“[A musician of] eye-popping virtuosity” The Times on Kristīne Balanas
“powerful, delicate, intense and brilliant” GLAM Adelaide on Margarita Balanas
Prelude, Sarabande and Courante from Suite No.1 in G major for cello, BWV 1007
Preludio, Loure and Gavotte en Rondeau from Partita No.3 in E major for violin, BWV 1006
Pēteris Vasks Castillo Interior
Anne-Marie O Farrell A Russborough Diversion (newly arranged commission)
Ravel Sonata for violin and cello
Handel Passacaglia (arr J.Halvorsen)
Vivaldi ‘Summer’ from The Four Seasons