​Thursday 14 October 2021, 20:15
The Hague: Paleiskerk

around shostakovich


past concert

Tickets:  € 10 – € 27,50

Pieter van Loenen violin
Tobias Borsboom piano

Igor Stravinsky

​Divertimento: Le Baiser de la fée

Arvo Pärt


Dmitri Shostakovich

Violin sonata in G-major, opus 134

Klezmer and Bach

​With their debut CD The Silence Between, violinist Pieter van Loenen and pianist Tobias Borsboom have successfully put themselves on the map. The CD received glowing reviews in the press. The two musicians from The Hague play the violin sonata Shostakovich wrote for David Oistrakh in 1968. This richly layered piece resounds with Jewish klezmer, but also pays homage to Bach: the final movement is an impressive chaconne. 

​​Shostakovich composed his violin sonata in a period of of cultural thawing which enabled Igor Stravinsky to return to his homeland in 1962 after many decades away. Stravinsky brought back childhood memories of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, where his father was a singer, in Le Baiser de la fée. He summarised this ballet from 1928, with its idiosyncratic Tchaikovsky arrangements, in a sparkling divertimento for violin and piano. In 1977, Arvo Pärt wrote Fratres, one of his best works. 

Press Quotes

​“Van Loenen is sovereign, confident on stage and with his deeply musical playing he draws everyone into his story.” 
Jury Dutch Classical Talent

​“Van Loenen and Borsboom have an unprecedentedly strong synergy.”
De Volkskrant

​“What flexible, sound- and language-sensitive performers these are ... Be silent and listen.”
Bas van Putten in the Groene Amsterdammer