Dunja Lavrova

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"Golden Age of Violin" Recitals

"Meet the great legends of the the Golden Age of Violin"


Introduction:



At the turn of the 20th century the world granted us with violinists considered the greatest of all time : Jascha Heifetz, Nathan Milstein, David Oistrakh, Fritz Kreisler and many many others. It is for that reason that this period is also known as "The Golden Age of Violin".


A dedicated fanatic of that period, Dunja narrates her "Golden Age of Violin recitals", telling the audiences about the legendary musical figures from the Golden Age of Violin, the stories behind the pieces and explains what role they played in that era.


In addition to that, these recital programmes themselves recreate the content of recitals typically heard during that period.

The violin recital programmes have transformed dramatically since the last century. The audiences of today are very used to hearing three, if not four violin sonatas per recital. But up until the later part of the 20th century, the “serious” sonata works were traditionally kept in the first half of the recital- and the second would include some shorter pieces, also known as “miniatures”. 

Such variety in programme allowed the listeners to have a much more balanced intake of various musical forms and styles, thus avoiding putting them in danger of getting overloaded by a large number of "heavy", "serious" works all in one go.


The shorter pieces, although "miniature" by nature, are almighty when it comes to both the effect they have on the listener and what they require from the performer!

Whether they are the “show-off” pieces by the virtuoso violinist composers, such as Sarasate, Ysaye, Paganini and Wieniawski, or the slower, deeply expressive works by some of the greatest composers ever lived, these “miniatures” require their master to pull all the tricks out of the bag!.. They challenge the performer to create a whole world in just a few minutes- and with it, they grant an opportunity to breathe a great amount of individuality into the music.


Dunja’s passion for performing this genre is showcased on her critically-acclaimed debut solo album, “My Dusty Gramophone”, which features a collection of short pieces for violin and piano. She has dozens of miniatures in her repertoire, yet she is always on a lookout for more “gems”. 

For many years she has been on searching for lesser-known, forgotten and archived scores which were popular both amongst the audiences and performers of the Golden Age so she can reintroduce them to the audiences of today. 


Therefore, it is not at all surprising that more recently she has began her collaboration with an American-based publishing company - Carl Fischer Music (established 1872), who are responsible for publishing hundreds of such scores, including the extremely popular arrangements and transcriptions by the greatest violinist of the Golden Age, Jascha Heifetz. With this collaboration, Carl Fischer Music have not only given Dunja a permission to access their musical archives, but have also invited her to become an editor of re-publications of their archived scores.


Dunja has created a number of “Golden Age of Violin” recital programmes which feature some of those archived scores as well as more popular ones altogether varied in style, form and mood - with major sonatas (such as R.Strauss, J.Brahms, Prokofiev, Beethoven, C.Franck..) in the first half.