From Cage to Bach
Guido De Neve
Flemish musician Guido de Neve takes us on an ambitious journey across three-and-a-half centuries of music for solo violin. On the programme are Heinrich von Biber’s heady Passacaglia, one of the earliest surviving works in the repertoire; Eugène Ysaÿe’s demanding second sonata; and John Cage’s enigmatic Eight Whiskus, whose title was coined by merging Whistlin ‘is did, a poem by Australian artist Chris Mann, with the word ‘haiku’. But the cornerstone of the recital and the link between all these various pieces is the famous Chaconne from Bach’s Partita in d minor, which, aside from being breathtakingly beautiful, is almost impossible to play – most violinists worship it as some unattainable Himalayas. This is a tour de force of a recital, but de Neve, a former child prodigy with unusually broad interests (he started out as a champion of the avant-garde before turning his attention to Baroque music) is just the man to pull it off. He will be playing three different violins, including a 1650 Mathys Hofmans from Antwerp.