Sunday 1 October 2017 7:30PM

Leila Josefowicz; John Novacek

Sibelius, Mahler, Kaija Saariaho and more

Additional notes

Change of Running Order
The running order for this concert has been changed from previously advertised and is now confirmed as below.


  • Leila Josefowicz violin
  • John Novacek piano

Reviewers have written of the alchemy that unites Leila Josefowicz’s duo partnership and John Novacek. The Arts Desk praised their last appearance at Wigmore Hall in 2015 for its ‘huge panache and professional energy’ and for their musicmaking’s daring spontaneity.

They return with a programme of works hallmarked by dark introspection and powerful emotions, including arrangements of profoundly meditative orchestral pieces by Sibelius and Mahler, Kaija Saariaho’s mystical Calices and two compelling 20th-century takes on the sonata.

  • Supported by CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust
  • Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
      • 2 Pieces from Kuolema Op. 44
        • I. Valse Triste (arr. Friedrich Hermann)
  • Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
        • Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor Op. 80
  • Interval
  • Kaija Saariaho (b. 1952)
        • Calices
  • Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
      • Symphony No. 5
        • IV. Adagietto (arr. Otto Wittenbecher)
  • Bernd Alois Zimmermann (1918-1970)
        • Sonata for violin and piano
  • Encore
  • Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977)
        • Smile (arr. Claus Ogerman)

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