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AUGUSTIN DUMAY / MARIA JOÃO PIRES

Schumann, Debussy, Beethoven
An exceptional debut as the Verbier Festival welcomes Maria João Pires for the first time, performing with Augustin Dumay, in an intimate evening of chamber music.
Programme

ROBERT SCHUMANN
Three Romances for Violin and Piano Op. 94

CLAUDE DEBUSSY
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Violin Sonata No. 10 in G major Op. 96

Schumann’s Op. 94 romances are an exceptionally stylistically unified set: all with a pensive, nostalgic feel, albeit with bursts of energy; all in either A major or minor; similar moderate tempi. By contrast, Debussy presents a dizzying array of tempi, dynamics and moods in just the first minute of his own melancholic, nostalgia-laden Violin Sonata of 1917. Indeed its gypsy folk inflections and the defiant energy of its finale are very much at odds with his own downbeat assessment of it as “an example of what may be produced by a sick man in time of war”. Beethoven was forced to be less stormy than he’d wish for his tenth violin sonata, because it was for sweet-toned French violin virtuoso Pierre Rode, who disliked boistrous music. Yet still he achieved drama via a myriad of shifting moods, textures and colours.