In a faculty recital program titled, Impressions, Joanna Kurkowicz, Artist in Residence in Violin, and Doris Stevenson, Artist in Residence in Piano present works by Debussy, Chausson, Kurtag, Penderecki, Ysaye, Faure, and Kreisler. As the title implies, the music refracts a world of fantasy, imagination, and dreams.
The program opens with Debussy – Sonata for Violin and Piano, followed by Chausson – Poeme for Violin and Piano, which was inspired by Song of Triumphant Love by Ivan Turgenev. After the intermission the selections include lesser known works such as Kurtag’s Signs, Games and Messages for Solo Violin, a collection of personal miniatures. In celebration of the 85th birthday of Polish composer Kryzsztof Penderecki, Ms. Kurkowicz presents the striking Cadenza for Solo Violin. Next are two short, dream-like titles, Ysaye’s Reve D’enfant, op. 14, followed by Faure’s Apres Un Reve. The concert finishes with Fritz Kreisler’s evocative Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta for violin and piano.