Afternoon recital Chopin and Janáček

Laura van der Heijden, Quirine Viersen
Wed 6 Nov 14:00 - 15:00
Main Hall
Wed 6 Nov
14:00 - 15:00
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Chopin’s unique cello sonata and Janáček’s insistent violin sonata


Zoltán Kodály Sonatina
Leoš Janáček Violin Sonata
Frédéric Chopin Cello Sonata


Laura van der Heijden cello 
Quirine Viersen cello
Jâms Coleman piano
Thomas Beijer piano

It’s blatantly clear that Chopin’s second love was the cello. Apart from his numerous beautiful compositions for piano solo, he indulged in one sonata for another instrument. Anner Bijlsma calls the Largo from this cello sonata ‘a conversation between two dear friends’. During the livestreamed Corona edition in 2020, Quirine Viersen and Thomas Beijer gave a very special performance of the sonata in an empty hall.

That same year, Laura van der Heijden was unable to travel into the country. Now she can finally make her long awaited debut at the Biënnale. She made her own arrangement of Janáček’s insistent violin sonata, which she has very successfully brought out on CD.