Monday, July 31 at 7:30pm
Jonathan Crow, violin
Philip Chiu, piano
Debussy: Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor
Willan: Sonata no. 1 for Violin and Piano in E minor
Elgar: Selections for Violin and Piano
Ravel: Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano in G Major, Op. 77
In this tribute to the two founding nations of Canada, Jonathan Crow, TSMF Artistic Director and Concertmaster of the TSO, joins forces with pianist Philip Chiu for a program of top-drawer French, English and English/Canadian pieces. Their recital offers the welcome opportunity to compare Violin Sonatas by the two most important French composers of the early twentieth century. Their completions separated in time by a decade, the Sonatas by Debussy (1917) and Ravel (1927) are quite different in character. Debussy’s (his final work) is crisp and neo-classical; the Ravel, brilliant and “popular” in style. The second movement is a stylized blues, complete with syncopated rhythms and bent, “blue” notes. English-born composer Healey Willan (1880-1968) emigrated to Canada in 1913. He spent the remaining 55 years of his life here, earning high distinction as composer, teacher and organ soloist. His music follows traditional late-romantic models such as Elgar, a selection of whose engaging violin miniatures you will also hear at this recital (including, of course, his “greatest hit,” that evergreen chestnut, Salut d’amour).
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