Stradivarius violins… The two words have become an idiomatic expression. It is used in poetry and in prose, it’s very sound reminds of something beautiful. What is the secret of this crafter of string instruments? Maybe it is simply his name that matters, indeed excellent violins were made at the same time by equally legendary families, Amati and Guarneri. However Antonio Stradivari was better skilled in making a violin sound like a human voice. And no one could surpass those remarkable luthiers, Stradivari, Amati and Guarneri of the Baroque Period, neither before nor after them. And gentlefolks were never as generous in sponsoring arts as in that golden age, the time of Johann Sebastian Bach and Georg Friedrich Handel. Such generosity had a simple reason: at that time flourishing arts were considered an indispensable attribute of power and wealth. We may lament as loud as we wish that now the situation is different, but the golden age did happen, and its fruit are awaiting us in concert halls and cathedrals. The program includes violin masterpieces, for the sake of which Stradivari himself worked!
Sonata for violin and organ (BWV 1016)
Georg Friedrich Handel
Sonata for violin and organ No.6 HWV 373
Chaconne in G minor with Organ
Preludium und Allegro for violin and organ
Tags: Musical journey, Organ and violin, Through the stars, Virtuoso performance