Orazbayeva and Thom
Event 8
Friday 14th October, 8.00pm 
Little Missenden Church

Exquisite Bach
Elo Masing
New Festival commission (premiere)
Luigi Nono
'Hay que caminar' soƱando
Johann Sebastian Bach
Violin Sonata no 1 in G minor BWV 1001, Violin Sonata no 2 in A minor BWV 1003, Violin Partita no 1 in B minor BWV 1002

This is an archived event from the 2016 Programme.

Aisha Orazbayeva, Eloisa-Fleur Thom violins

This recital by outstanding violinist Aisha Orazbayeva includes some of the finest music ever written. George Enescu called Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for unaccompanied violin “The Himalayas of violinists”.

“Music of unfathomable subtlety, astounding virtuosity and great expressive and architectural beauty” (Hyperion)

Bach has a rare gift for writing music which has great beauty, satisfies the mind and speaks to the soul.

Eloisa-Fleur Thom joins Aisha for the next two duos.

In Nono’s last piece ‘Hay que caminar’ soñando ('We must travel on' dreaming) he creates a dreamscape in which sounds of extraordinary beauty and delicacy emerge from silence and fade back into it. It was inspired by an inscription on the wall of a Toledo monastery “Caminantes, no hay caminos. Hay que caminar” (Travellers, there are no roads. We must travel). This astonishing piece “explores the boundaries between sound and silence with passion and mercurial spontaneity” (Calum MacDonald).

Elo Masing’s Bach-inspired violin duo was written specially for this concert and commissioned by the Festival. Elo crafts her work to “unpick the seams of commonplace musical habits, opening us up to sounds and their inner reverberations”.

Aisha Orazbayeva has performed several times at the Festival, impressing us with her profound musicianship and breathtaking technique. Her repertoire extends from Bach and Telemann to Lachenmann and Nono. Critics acclaimed her two solo albums, Outside (Nonclassical) and The Hand Gallery (PRAH).

“A great talent for playing emotionally and technically demanding music” (Daily Telegraph)

Eloisa-Fleur Thom is a prize-winning violinist who has played Bach’s double concerto with Maxim Vengerov. Aisha and Eloisa-Fleur have performed music by Nono, Prokofiev, Bartok and Alex Hills. Their project “44” is a series of videos based on Bartok’s 44 violin duets.

Commission supported by the Britten-Pears Foundation
and the Little Missenden Festival Friends