Concertmaster Andrew Haveron and Principal Viola Tobias Breider perform Halvorsen’s virtuosic Passacaglia.
Johan Halvorsen was a Norwegian composer, conductor and violinist from the late Romantic era, and this Passacaglia for violin and viola is one of his best-known works. Halvorsen borrowed some musical material from a harpsichord suite by the famous German Baroque composer Handel as the basis for his Passacaglia – a musical form which involves a repeated bassline with variations composed around it.
While credit is due to Handel for the striking opening chords, Halvorsen masterfully weaves his original variations around the capabilities of the violin and viola, requiring virtuoso performances from both players. The astonishing talents of Concertmaster Andrew Haveron and Principal Viola Tobias Breider are on full display in this brilliant performance in the Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House.
HALVORSEN Passacaglia (after Handel)
ANDREW HAVERON violin
TOBIAS BREIDER viola