Rosanne Philippens, Julien Quentin
This year marks 50 years since the death of Stravinsky. His Divertimento is an arrangement that he and Samuel Dushkin made of excerpts from his ballet ‘A Fairy’s Kiss’. The ballet was intended as a homage to Tchaikovsky that involved borrowing a wide selection of lesser-known Tchaikovsky pieces and transforming them in Stravinsky’s inimitable style. The music is prime Stravinsky, largely based on lesser Tchaikovsky. It tells the story based on Hans Andersen’s Ice Maiden, who returns to claim her own his wedding day. Earlier in this Series of Festival concerts, we heard Bach’s E major Violin Sonata played on period instruments with harpsichord, baroque violin and viola da gamba. With modern instruments, Bach takes on a different allure. It is surprising these six Sonatas are not better known with each Sonata having two glorious slow movements. Anyone who has enjoyed Bach’s Violin Concertos will also love these lesser known gems. Their faster movements are equally enjoyable in the hands of sensitive performers like Rosanne and her regular recital partner, Julien Quentin.