Isabelle Faust & Alexander Melnikov | Mandel Hall, University of Chicago | Classical | Chicago Reader

Isabelle Faust & Alexander Melnikov All Ages Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Fri., Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m. 2016

German violinist Isabelle Faust and Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov have forged an extraordinary musical partnership, working together for more than a decade in numerous contexts and consistently providing empathic support to one another. They share a vigor and curiosity regarding their diverse repertoires that leads them to dig into the history of each work and research early versions of scores, a practice that imparts their performances with extra vitality and fidelity—witness Faust’s dazzling recording of Mozart’s violin concertos, due from Harmonia Mundi on November 25. In February 2015 Faust and Melnikov were forced to cancel their Chicago debut due to illness, and they’re finally making up that date this weekend, performing three of Beethoven’s violin and piano sonatas: Sonata no. 4 in A Minor, Sonata no. 5 in F Major, and Sonata no. 10 in G Major. The pair’s remarkable 2009 recording of the complete sonatas, which earned them a Grammy nomination, captures their rapport, and and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to finally hear their collaboration in person.

Peter Margasak

Price: $35, $5 students

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