"Kreisleriana", and the Devil's Violinist

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

On the first Wednesday of the festival, Escher String Quartet violinist Aaron Boyd presented Kreisleriana, a Café Conversation taking an in-depth look at the life, work, and legacy of the legendary violinist Fritz Kreisler. One of the most noted violin masters of his day, and regarded by many as one of the greatest violinists of all time, he was particularly known for his expressive phrasing. Aaron’s Café Conversation was broadcast via Livestream on our website and on Facebook, and will be available for viewing shortly if you missed it.

Later in the afternoon we were treated to a Prelude Performance by the exceptional preprofessional musicians of the Chamber Music Institute’s International Program. At 5:00 p.m. in Stent Family hall, audiences with free ticket reservations listened to Shostakovich’s Piano Trio no. 2 in e minor, followed by Elgar’s haunting Piano Quintet in a minor. Recordings of all of the 2017 Prelude Performances are available online here.

To round of an intense and rewarding day of musical activities, violinist Soovin Kim led the third “Encounter” lecture of the festival at 7:30 p.m., entitled The Devil’s Violinist: Niccolò Paganini. a near-mythic figure whose extraordinary talents left his audiences awestruck, Paganini was the most celebrated violin virtuoso of his time, and left his mark as one of the pillars of modern violin technique. His 24 Caprices for Solo Violin are among the best known of his compositions, and have served as an inspiration for many prominent composers.