BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert: Nicola Benedetti and Friends
22 March 2012 / 13:00
LSO St Luke’s
Tickets: £10 (£9 concessions)
subject to availability
Biber Passacaglia Bach Partita in D minor BWV1004 Ysaye Violin Sonata No 5 in G major
Nicola Benedetti violin
Felix Mendelssohn famously once asked his orchestra’s leader to play the Chaconne from the D minor Partita in concert. The violinist refused, saying that he would ‘look such a fool standing alone on a platform with a violin’, forcing Mendelssohn to write out a piano accompaniment. Here, Nicola Benedetti returns the Partita to its roots as a solo piece intended to showcase the mastery of its player. Conjuring a sunrise in its first movement, Ysa˙e’s Fifth Sonata perfectly fuses virtuosity and intense musical expression.