Hungarian violinist Kristóf Baráti is recognized across the globe as a musician of extraordinary quality with a vast expressive range and impeccable technique. He brings eloquence to his playing, especially in works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms.. “Rabinovich plays with a warm and generous tone and a supple touch. His sense of rhythm is tastefully elastic, the pulse of his playing more akin to breathing than metronomic.” (Cleveland.com)
Highly lauded by The New York Times, BBC Music Magazine, and the San Francisco Classical Voice, American pianist Roman Rabinovich has earned critical praise for his explorations of the piano music of Haydn.
Together, Baráti and Rabinovich present a program of pieces built on musical friendships. Brahms composed his Thun sonata after a collaboration with contralto Hermine Spies, weaving themes from her songs into a luxurious piece for violin and piano. Bartok wrote Rhapsody No. 1 for his friend and virtuoso violinist Joseph Szigeti who gave the premiere performance with orchestra in 1929. And Beethoven wrote his Sonata No. 9 for friend and violinist George Bridgetower who sight-read the sonata for the premiere performance.
This program is noted for both its technical difficulty and broad emotional scope.
Brahms: Violin Sonata No.2 in A major, Op. 100 ‘Thun’
Bartok: Rhapsody No 1
Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano, No.9 in A major, Op.47 ‘Kreutzer’