The most virtuosic work on the program is Polish composer Karol Szymanowski's three Myths. A group of astoundingly difficult pieces from 1915, Myths uses nearly every advanced technique available to the violinist — double and triple stops, quarter-tone trills, glissandi, harmonics — to heighten the expressivity of the soaring, passionate melodies and lush, impressionistic harmonies. As a kicker, Andrew will be playing his transcription of Alban Berg's Four Pieces for Clarinet and Piano. "I fell in love with the piece, and this is just really an experiment," he says. "I'm not sure if it will work, but the music is so wonderful that I doubt I can do too much damage."
Nor, one suspects, will even the Stockhausen — haunting, simple Stockhausen — do the audience any damage.
[Originally published in February, 2003.]