Tuesday 18th October 2016

Ghost Variations

David le Page violin | Viv McLean piano | Jessica Duchen narrator

“Ghost Variations” – A concert with narration, based on Jessica Duchen’s new novel, telling the true story of the great Hungarian violinist Jelly d’Aranyi, for whom Ravel wrote “Tzigane,” and her rediscovery of the Schumann Violin Concerto.

Schumann: Geistervariationen
Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances
Schumann: Violin Sonata No.1 in A minor (first movement)
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto (second movement)
Brahms arr. Joachim: Hungarian Dance No.2
Ravel: Tzigane
Hubay: Hejre Kati
Schumann: Violin Concerto (second movement)
Frederick Septimus Kelly: Serenade Op.7 – Gigue

Born in Guernsey, DAVID LE PAGE began learning the violin at the age of seven. He gained a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School, where he studied with Margaret Norris. A prize winner in both the BBC Young Musician of the Year and the Yehudi Menuhin competition, he completed his studies in Bern with Igor Ozim and in London with Sidney Griller. He has recorded and released several albums, including solo violin music by Bach, Ysayë, Paganini, Tiersen and Biber as well as his own compositions, “The Reinvention of Harmony and Imagination” and “As the Crow Flies.” He has worked with other leading composers such as Thomas Adès, John Taverner, Michael Tippett and ensembles such as the Kreutzer Quartet. David is currently President of the European String Teachers Association.

Winner of the First Prize at the 2002 Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona, VIV MCLEAN has played in all the major venues in the UK, as well as throughout Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA. He has performed concertos with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and the Hallé Orchestra. As a keen chamber musician he has collaborated with many groups including the Leopold String Trio and the Sacconi String Quartet as well as artists such as Natalie Clein, Daniel Hope, Guy Johnston and Lawrence Power. Viv has recorded regularly for BBC Radio 3 and for radio in Germany, France, Australia, Norway and Poland. In a duo with Fenella Humphreys (violin) Viv recently helped to inaugurate, to immense appreciation, the Festival International de Musique Classique d’Aigues-Mortes (FIMCAM) in the Camargue.

JESSICA DUCHEN is an acclaimed author and music journalist whose work has appeared in The Independent, The Guardian and The Sunday Times. Her novels include Hungarian Dances, a musical saga stretching the length of the embattled 20th century, and Alicia’s Gift, about a child prodigy pianist, performed for KCMS in our 2013 – 14 season. She has also written biographies of the composers Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Gabriel Fauré, as well as several plays. Jessica is currently working on an opera libretto for the composer Roxanna Panufnik (Silver Birch, for Garsington Opera 2017). Ghost Variations, her latest novel, is published by Unbound.

“Schumann’s wonderful violin concerto has a tragic history unlike any other piece of music. In this splendid new novel Jessica Duchen manages to find the fine balance between fact and fiction. Her book reads like a thriller, yet it’s also a tribute to great music and musicians.”

Sir András Schiff