In this late-night concert, celebrated Dutch violinist Liza Ferschtman performs Bach’s profound Partita for Violin No. 2, in the stunning setting of Temple Church. The vulnerability and intimacy of the solo violin sonority contrasts with the architectural nature of the music: like this beautiful building, the partita taps into something higher.
The summit of the work is its final movement, the epic Chaconne, which features 64 variations on a short ground bass. It is widely held to be one of the greatest pieces of music ever written.
This candlelit performance lasts approximately 30 minutes.
"Not just one of the greatest pieces of music ever written, but one of the greatest achievements of any man in history. It’s a spiritually powerful piece, emotionally powerful, structurally perfect."Joshua Bell on the chaconne
"Those who believe the theory that the chaconne is a memorial to Bach’s first wife, who died while he was away from home, could find plenty of evidence here in the powerful way that Ferschtman turned elation into desolation."The Times