MIKE WHEELER listens to
Joo Yeon Sir and Irina Andrievsky
In the days when Mendelssohn and his colleagues were working to re-establish J S Bach's reputation it was felt that the wider musical public needed a helping hand to get to grips with an unfamiliar style — hence, among other things, Mendelssohn's added piano part to the Chaconne from Bach's solo violin Partita in D minor. But today it is little more than a curiosity — interesting as a historical artefact but no longer adding anything to our understanding of the original. But it was an imposing opening to Joo Yeon Sir and Irina Andrievsky's recital, well served by Sir's faultless technique (Derby Chamber Music, Multi-Faith Centre, Derby University, Derby, UK, 6 November 2015).
Grieg's Violin Sonata No 2 gave us more chance to enjoy the players' matchless teamwork, moving from soulful slow introduction into sprightly allegro...
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