Peter Serkin, Piano & Pamela Frank, Violin

Peter Serkin and Pamela Frank, internationally acclaimed artists of passion and integrity who seem never to let a phrase pass without uncovering for it some emotional purpose, bring to Baldwin Auditorium an intense and intimate all-Bach recital. Both scions of prestigious musical families, they studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and have enjoyed celebrated dual careers as performers and pedagogues.

The program of Bach’s Six Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard will reveal why Gramophone called one of their recordings “the best we have.” Avoiding the practice of his contemporaries, Bach allotted each instrument an equal standing; as an early manuscript states, they are “sonatas for harpsichord concerted with solo violin.” The writing is at once dense and lively, offering these two extraordinary artists numberless opportunities to engage with their audience.

Program

J.S. Bach:

Sonata in B Minor, BWV 1014

Sonata in A Major, BWV 1015

Sonata in E Major, BWV 1016

Sonata in C Minor, BWV 1017

Sonata in F Minor, BWV 1018

Sonata in G Major, BWV 1019