This well-known local father and son duo brought the successful Summer Festival to a brilliant conclusion.
They opened with a duet by 18th century French composer Jean Marie Leclair. The duet for two violins in A major is in three movements and after a lively opening there is a quiet sarabande before the sprightly finale. Both players showed complete confidence and this was continued in Shostakovitch’s duet, this time with the piano, competently played by John Davenport. The piece, though modern, was in the same style as the previous work and was a performance to savour.
Emil then played the andante from one of Bach’s many sonatas and brought out all the pathos of the music in a sublime rendition. The players also successfully dealt with the intricate scoring of Polish composer Henri Wieniawski’s etude no 4. The duo chose seven of Bartok 44 duos for violins, devising a satisfactory sequence with variety of pace and technical difficulty.
An arrangement of Monti’s Czardas allowed both players to show off their considerable skills.