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Beethoven sonatas marathon by the Isas-Kwiek duo at the Kirchner Cultural Centre

The Isas-Kwiek duet made its local debut in 2008 and two years later received first prize at the “Young Performers of the Bicentenary” competition, run by the National Fund for the Arts.

Sunday 19 November, 2017
Centro Cultural Kirchner.
Centro Cultural Kirchner. Foto:Cedoc.

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Violinist Cecilia Isas and pianist Alan Kwiek will be performing all of Beethoven’s sonatas for violin and piano in a singular marathon at the Kirchner Cultural Centre on November 26.

The concerts will begin at 2pm in the Hall of Honour of the CCK, with Sonatas No. 1, 2 y 3, Op. 12, and No. 4, Op. 23. The programme continues at 5pm, also in the Hall of Honour, with the Violin Sonata No. 5, also known as the “Spring Sonata,” followed by Sonatas No. 6, 7 and 8, Op. 30. The marathon is set to culminate at 8pm in the Argentina Hall, where Isas and Kwiek will be performing the monumental Violin Sonata No. 9, Op, 47, better known as the “Kreutzer Sonata,” and the Sonata No. 10, Op. 96.

The Isas-Kwiek duet made its local debut in 2008 and two years later received first prize at the “Young Performers of the Bicentenary” competition, run by the National Fund for the Arts. They have also performed in Europe, in the opening concert of the “Martha Argerich Project” festival in Lugano, Switzerland, in 2012, and in a series of praised recitals at the Palazzo Forti of Verona, in Barcelona and Breda.

Both Kwiek and Isas are featured in the Mariano Nante’s 2014 documentary film Pianists Street, about a small street in Brussels with a peculiar concentration of pianists, from Martha Argerich to the Sergio Tiempo – Karin Lechner homes, a family which boasts four generation of piano talents.

Said Argerich about listening to the Isas-Kwiek duo: “I’ve had the opportunity of hearing the the Isas-Kwiek duo for the first time as they played Brahm’s Sonata No. 3. I liked it a lot, so much passion. A beautiful duo. I’m sure they will be able to contribute enormously to the Argentine musical scene, both in terms of repertoire and performance quality.”


WHEN AND WHERE

Admission to the Beethoven marathon is free and tickets are available starting November 21, from 12pm to 7pm, at the CCK’s box office (Sarmiento 151) or by online reservation on www.cck.gob.ar.


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