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Ulverston International Music Festival

Strings in focus: Paganiniana

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Bardsea Church

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Duration 1 hour (no interval)

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This tantalising programme centres around Paganini, the legendary, cult figure whose dazzling violin wizardry defied physics. His ‘Cantabile’ however demonstrates his skill at writing beautiful, memorable tunes. The viola has long been considered the poor relation of the violin, but in his Gran Sonata – originally written for violin – we see proof that the viola can be every bit the violin’s equal.

A diversion to Spain, and De Falla’s Seven Popular Songs are full of folk allusions and evocations of the atmosphere and culture of his homeland; this transcription shows the cello as a glorious singing voice and the guitar as a beautiful, velvety accompaniment. Although in name a guitar quartet, to conclude, the spotlight turns back on the acrobatics of the violin, with the guitar and lower instruments combining to enrich the texture. In the lovely acoustic of Bardsea church, this concert will be a delight.

Alberto Mesirca, guitar
Daniel Rowland, violin
Dana Zemtsov, viola
Maja Bogdanović, cello

Niccolò Paganini Cantabile for Violin and Guitar, Op.17, M.S.109
Niccolò Paganini Gran Sonata for Guitar and Viola in A Major, Op.35, M.S.3
Manuel de Falla arr. R. Boyd & L. Metcalf Siete Canciones populares espańolas for Guitar and Cello
Niccolò Paganini Guitar Quartet No.2 in C Major, Op.4, M.S.29

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