This was also a chance to see one of the young artists that we've interviewed: 23-year old violinist Hans Christian Aavik was performing music with pianist Karolina Žukova to launch their debut album, entitled Aeternus. From the start, the programme certainly didn't lack ambition. The Chaconne from Bach's Violin Partita no. 2 in D minor is one of the behemoths of the solo violin repertoire, requiring virtuosity both at a technical level and at an architectural level. His timbre was good, as was his sense of building a phrase, and he was particularly impressive at the points where the music turns into a long series of clusters of four semiquavers which cross the strings, playing with dexterity and evenness, without slowing the pulse of the music even by a fraction.
Schubert's Violin Sonata in A minor, D.385 is music that washes over one in successive waves, each one subtly modifying the wave that has come before it. Žukova proved herself to be an adept chamber pianist with an excellent touch. Her legato was as smooth as you could ask for, she could lend shape to a phrase and her weightings of each note or chord were always well chosen. The interplay between the two musicians came across as confident and intuitive. The Minuet was another impressive performance from both musicians.