Kreisler, Fritz (1875-1962), Praeludium and Allegro
Elgar, Sir Edward (1857-1934), Allegretto on Gedge for violin and piano
Elgar, Sir Edward (1857-1934), Violin Sonata in E minor, Op.82
Szymanowski, Karol (1882-1937), 3 Myths, Op.30: Narcisse
Delius, Frederick (1862-1934), Violin Sonata no. 2
Scott, Cyril (1879-1970), Lotus Land
Debussy, Claude (1862-1918), Beau soir
Szymanowski, Karol (1882-1937), Nocturne and Tarentelle, Op.28
Tasmin Little, Violin
Martin Roscoe, Piano
Reflecting the Festival’s ‘Trading Places’ theme, Tasmin Little’s recital programme ranges happily far and wide overseas and closer to home. Among her choice of intriguing rarities is one of the great Fritz Kreisler’s tributes to fellow composer-violinists from the past – in this case Gaetano Pugnani, of 18th-century Italy. Preceding the autumnal world of Elgar’s Violin Sonata is the Allegretto on G-E-D-G-E (a theme based on those five notes), written in 1885 for the Gedge sisters (one being the Festival Director’s great-grandmother) to whom Elgar taught music.
The 150th anniversary year of two very different composers is marked by Delius’s single-movement Sonata of 1923, and by an arrangement of Beau soir, one of Debussy’s early songs. Lotus Land, by the English composer, writer, poet and occultist Cyril Scott, adds a touch of exoticism that is further explored in the music of Karol Szymanowski, who is often referred to as the ‘Polish Debussy’. The sumptuous lyrical beauty of Narcisse (Narcissus) dates from 1915 – the same year that saw the creation of the Nocturne and Tarantella.