Dmitry Smirnov

Bach | Winkelman | Kurtág et al.

Tue, 01.09. | 12.15 | No. 20339


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Summer Festival – Cancelled

14.08.-13.09. 2020



    Dmitry Smirnov  violin


    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
    Partita in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004

    juxtaposed with miniatures by George Perle, Roberto Gerhard, Sándor Veress, Helena Winkelman, György Kurtág, and Garth Knox

    Johann Sebastian Bach’s Partita in D minor, which ends with the famous Ciaccona, is one of the greatest works of art in the history of music – and a mystery. Even Johannes Brahms considered it “one of the most wonderful, incomprehensible pieces of music. On a single staff, for a small instrument, the man writes a whole world of the deepest thoughts and the most powerful feelings.” The Russian violinist Dmitry Smirnov, who was born in 1994 in St. Petersburg, will attempt to get to the bottom of this mystery by inserting between the five movements miniatures that contemporary composers have written for solo violin – also as a reaction to Bach. He calls this program “Unraveled,” which suggests something disentangled, decoded. Smirnov studied with Rainer Schmidt in Basel and won the Tibor Varga Competition in 2015 and the Concours de Lausanne in 2017. The Hungarian violin virtuoso Barnabás Kelemen affirms that he is the right artist to perform Bach: “His playing is impulsive and extravagant and comes from the heart. He approaches Bach with Baroque temperament.”