Vilde Frang Makes Frick Collection Debut

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

This week, 26-year-old Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang makes her debut at The Frick Collection, accompanied by Uzbek pianist Michail Lifits. Frang and Lifits bring an exciting program, including the ever-challenging Prokofiev Violin Sonata No. 2, originally written for flute, then rewritten for the great violinist David Oistrakh. Frang performs this on her newly acquired 1709 Stradivarius violin. On the first half, Frang performs Mozart and Faure on a 19th century French violin made by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume.

One of Europe’s promising young talents since her debut with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra at age 12, Frang has recently appeared as a soloist with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris and with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Lucerne Summer Music Festival. She was unanimously awarded the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award in 2012.

Lifits has won numerous prizes from international piano competitions such as Ferruccio Busoni, Monza and Treviso. Lifits maintains an active solo career, which has taken him to Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, among many other performance venues around the world.

Program details:

Mozart: Sonata No.24 in F Major, K.376
Faure: Sonata No.1 in A Major, Op.13
— Vilde Frang, violin; Michail Lifits, piano.

JS Bach: Sarabande from Cello Suite No.2 in D minor
— Goran Sollscher, guitar.

Schumann: Excerpts from Symphonic Etudes
— Martin Helmchen, piano.

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Suite from Les Indes galantes
— The Aulos Ensemble.

Brahms: Three Selections from "21 Hungarian Dances"
No. 11 in D minor (arr. Joseph Joachim)
No. 17 in F-sharp minor (arr. Fritz Kreisler)
No. 2 in D minor (arr. Paul Klengel)
Prokofiev: Sonata in D Major, Op.94, No.2
Manuel Ponce: Estrellita (encore)
— Vilde Frang, violin; Michail Lifits, piano.

Chopin: Excerpts from mazurkas and waltzes
— Janina Fialkowska, piano.

Comments [1]

Les from Miami, Florida

I urge all interested persons in the vicinity to attend this recital by Vilda Frang, based upon her performance of the Bruch g minor Violin Concerto on Tuesday August 6 at the BBC Proms. I was struck by the sweet, singing tone and the intense vibrato throughout. I hope this is one of the Proms concerts that WQXR will re-broadcast on a Saturday afternoon so we can renew or experience it for the first time. John Storgards conducts the BBC Philharmonic in a program comprising Walton's "Orb and Sceptre", Rubbra's "Ode to the Queen" (a fresh-sounding and appealing work) with soprano Susan Bickley, the Bruch Concerto, and concluding with Korngold's Symphony in F-Sharp. Enjoy yourselves!

Aug. 11 2013 09:35 AM

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