Our series of monthly one hour lunchtime concerts presented by Live Music Now continue with Foyle Stsura Duo with the beautiful city of Vienna forming the backdrop to this concert.
Strauss was in his early twenties when he composed his passionate Violin Sonata. Inspired by his new love and future wife, soprano Pauline de Ahna, it hints at the glamorous, swirling scenes of Der Rosenkavalier that would follow. The 'Improvisation' at the heart of the work also sets the scene for some of the most iconic works by Fritz Kreisler. The master of the Viennese miniature, these include his farewell work Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta which closes the curtain on the Viennese ballroom of the 20th century.
Foyle Stsura are: Michael Foyle on violin and Maksim Stsura on piano
Praised for ‘playing of compelling conviction’ (The Daily Telegraph) and ‘astonishing mutual feeling, understanding and responsiveness’ (Seen and Heard International), Foyle-Štšura Duo won the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Duo Competition and the Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in 2015. Since then, they have performed recitals in Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Buckingham Palace, Bridgewater Hall, Usher Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, as well as for the New York Chamber Music Festival, Cervantino Festival in Mexico and Evgeny Mravinsky Festival in Tallinn and St. Petersburg. In 2018 they record their debut CDs – complete works of Penderecki and Lutosławski for Delphian Records and a World War One recital release for Challenge Records.