TARTINI : PICCOLA SONATA FOR SOLO VIOLIN – BACH : PARTITA FOR SOLO VIOLIN, BWV 1004 – BARTÓK : SONATA FOR SOLO VIOLIN SZ. 117 – ROBERTO SAWICKI
Giuseppe TARTINI : Piccola Sonata for Solo Violin in D Major, B.D4 – Johann Sebastian BACH : Partita for Solo Violin No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004 – Béla BARTÓK : Sonata for Solo Violin, Sz. 117.
Roberto Sawicki, Violin.
Regarding the Bartók Sonata and Bach Chaconne, Roberto Sawicki tells us:
‘Bartók’s last work, the Sonata for solo violin, consisting of four movements, seems to me like a life’s journey in which passages of great profundity – moving, wrenching, playful, or dancing – follow one another, ending up with a nostalgic little phrase just before concluding, like a distant reminiscence of a lost memory. Once the difficulty of a complex language has been overcome, one discovers fiercely expressive pages filled with touching humanity.
In the interpretation of Bach’s Chaconne, I chose to grant particular care to the basses, which expose the opening theme and of which the resonance is present throughout the variations.’
Born in Buenos Aires in 1942, Roberto Sawicki was educated in his birthplace. Winner of the Beethoven and Santa Fe competitions, he gave his first concerts with orchestra performing the Beethoven and Dvořák violin concertos.
In 1970 he was engaged as first violin with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Five years later, with musician colleagues, he founded the Orchestre de Lancy-Genève of which he is artistic and musical director. Their concerts followed one another in Switzerland – premiere of Henryk Górecki’s 3rd Symphony in Geneva, homage to Ernest Bloch at the Radio Suisse Romande – and abroad, at the Colón and Cervantes theatres in Buenos Aires, in France,
Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Russia, China, Egypt and Israel.
For twenty years, Roberto Sawicki and the Orchestra de Lancy-Genève have animated the Estivales Océan festival in Vendée and Loire Atlantique, France, and several of these concerts are preserved in recordings. Although Roberto Sawicki’s repertoire is essentially classical, his concerts show to advantage pieces from folk or popular music from various countries, including Argentina, Brazil, the United States, and Russia.
Amongst his recordings, we shall mention the CDs devoted to Ernest Bloch, music of Argentina (Ginastera, Piazzolla, Aguirre, Stalman), Le charme de la Vieille Europe, Les concerts en Vendée, and a first volume of works for solo violin (Prokofiev, Bloch, Ysaÿe, Stalman).
Translated by John Tyler Tuttle