Performance Tuesday, January 22, 2013 | 7:30 PM

Cancelled: Julia Fischer

Zankel Hall
Julia Fischer has had to cancel her appearance for family reasons. This concert will not be rescheduled.

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Julia Fischer
is a musical force of nature you have to witness. “Fischer is astounding,” raves Anastasia Tsioulcas of NPR Music. That’s been the consensus since the young violinist burst onto the classical-music scene and was named Best Newcomer of the Year in 2006 by BBC Music Magazine. On this solo recital, she performs works by Hindemith, Ysaÿe, and Bach.


  • Julia Fischer, Violin


  • BACH Solo Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006
  • YSAŸE Solo Violin Sonata in A Minor, Op. 27, No. 2
  • BACH Solo Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001
  • HINDEMITH Solo Violin Sonata in G Minor, Op. 11, No. 6


Bach's Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006, III. Gavotte en rondeau
Julia Fischer

At a Glance

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH  Solo Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006; Solo Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001

A magisterial compendium of compositional styles and instrumental techniques, Bach's six sonatas and partitas for unaccompanied violin have delighted listeners-and tested the ability of performers-ever since their rediscovery in the Bach revival of the mid-1800s. The autograph score of the violin solos is dated 1720, when Bach was Kapellmeister in Cöthen, but some of the music was probably composed during his previous appointment as court organist in Weimar. Although Bach himself, according to his son Carl Philipp Emanuel, played the violin "clearly and penetratingly," it is questionable whether his technique was equal to all the music's formidable challenges. However, we can easily imagine him trying out passages on his fine violin by Jacob Stainer, the leading violin maker of Baroque period.

EUGÈNE YSAŸE  Solo Violin Sonata in A Minor, Op. 27, No. 2

Belgian violinist Eugène Ysaÿe was renowned for his purity of tone, liquid phrasing, and seemingly effortless virtuosity, which he displayed in a series of sonatas inspired by Bach's solo violin works. The A-Minor Sonata of 1924, with its "obsessive" repetition of a seven-note motif drawn from the famous Dies irae chant, exploits the instrument's technical and expressive resources to the full.

PAUL HINDEMITH  Solo Violin Sonata in G Minor, Op. 11, No. 6

Long before his avant-garde compositions made him a household name in Weimar, Paul Hindemith had a promising career as a violinist. Both his virtuosity and his intimate knowledge of the violin shine through in this brilliant work, composed at the end of World War I. It was the first of many solo sonatas he would write for a wide variety of instruments.

This performance is part of Chamber Sessions III.