Program Notes & Works
The Unanswered Question
Ives wrote his atmospheric The Unanswered Question originally for chamber ensemble in 1908; the version with full strings dates from the 1930s.
Violin Concerto No. 2, Scherben der Stille (Shards of Silence)
South Korea-born, Berlin-based composer Unsuk Chin had no intention of writing a second violin concerto but was moved to do so by the playing of the violinist Leonidas Kavakos.
On December 9, 1832, Hector Berlioz won the heart of his beloved Harriet Smithson, whom he had never met, with a concert including the Symphonie fantastique, for which she had unknowingly served as inspiration when the composer fell hopelessly in love with her some years before.
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