Carl Vine on Anthony Marwood & Aleksandar Madžar
Actually, the true story is a little more prosaic. English violinist Anthony Marwood and Serbian pianist Aleksandar Madžar played good music together and got on quite well back in the 1990s, but weren’t conscious of any more compelling connection. It wasn’t until they met much later, as mature professionals booked for a series of duet concerts at Wigmore Hall in London, that they discovered an intense and exhilarating musical commonality that demanded more consistent attention.
Musical partnerships are strange creatures, demanding more subtle adhesive than common workplace relationships, no doubt due to the little understood, seemingly mystical, thought processes involved. When such successful bonds are discovered, however, their power is immediately evident to the performers and their audiences alike, and the world naturally conspires to nurture the union.
We celebrate the synergy of the two A.M.s with a thoughtful program for violin and piano presented around Australia in November. It starts with music by Musica Viva’s Featured Composer for 2012, Gordon Kerry, celebrating the recent and astonishing discovery that on Mars, of all places, it snows. This delicate, sinuous work is joined by three blockbusters of the repertoire, by Beethoven, Debussy and Schubert.