Fotograaf: Nikolaj Lund

Johan Dalene

Nielsen Competition 2019
Ravel, Auerbach, Prokofiev
Sun 17 Oct ’21 14:15 uur

Johan Dalene, violin
Christian Ihle Hadland, piano 

Ravel - Violin sonata no. 2
Auerbach - from 24 Preludes for violin & piano op. 46: nos. 3, 4, 8
Prokofiev -  Violin sonata no. 2 op. 94a

Sun 17 Oct ’21
14:15 uur
  • Sun 17 Oct ’21
    14:15 uur
    small hall

The number of years Ravel needed to write his violin sonata - 1923-1927 - show a characteristic of his which he hated himself: he would start a composition, but finishing it was another matter. After his shocking experiences as an ambulance driver during the Great War, Ravel found himself battling insomnia, but Paris nightlife solved his problem. 

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Around 1920 American jazz musicians played in the café's, often soldiers who had stayed on in France after the war. Ravel loved hanging out there, listening open mouthed to their instrumental skills and their free use of rhythm and intonation. The slow movement of his violin sonata, titled 'Blues', is testimony of what it triggered in Ravel.

Prokofjevs tweede vioolsonate ontstond als fluitsonate in 1943. Samen met een aantal andere prominente Sovjetkunstenaars was hij om veiligheidsredenen geëvacueerd naar de Oeral, ver van het oorlogsgeweld. Daar vond hij de rust om - voor zijn doen - lyrische en toegankelijke werken te schrijven, die pasten in het straatje van Sovjetautoriteiten. De muziek moest ook een zeker optimisme uitstralen, belangrijk in oorlogstijd. Het bewerken van de fluitsonate voor viool was een idee van zijn vriend, violist David Oistrakh. Die hielp hem ook met arrangeren.

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