Noche Andaluza featuring Emil Altschuler, violin and Artem Belogurov, piano
November 11, 2012
Noche Andaluza' is a beautiful and fiery program for violin and piano that explores the music of composers such as Falla, Ravel, and Poulenc that were inspired by the music and historical events of Spain. One of these gems is de Falla's 'Siete Canciones Populares Españolas,' which draws from Andalusian Flamenco, specifically cante jondo. Francis Poulenc's 'Sonata for violin and piano' was composed during 1942 and 1943 while his country was at war and its dedication is to the memory of a victim of a then recent foreign conflict: Federico Garcia Lorca, the poet, who was slain during the Spanish Civil War. Ravel's 'Pièce en forme de Habanera,' is a blindingly difficult virtuoso exercise modeled after the habanera, a slow sultry Spanish dance and of 'Tzigane,' Ravel wrote to Bartok, "You have inspired me to write a short piece of diabolical difficulty, conjuring up the Hungary of my dreams. Since it will be for violin, why don't we call it "Tzigane"?"