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Musical sisters perform at Way PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Arts & Entertainment Editor   
Friday, 08 November 2013 10:00
Dr. Maria Bessmeltseva, who received her master's in violin performance from Bowling Green State University returns to the area Sunday when she performs a recital with her sister pianist Ekaterina Bessmeltseva, also a BGSU graduate, at 2 p.m. in Way Public Library.
The Bessmeltseva sisters grew up in Russia, and started their studies there. Maria Bessmeltseva came to study at Oberlin and her sister followed to study at BGSU.
The Way Library concert will feature a number of works by composers from their native land including pieces by Igor Stravinsky, Anatol Lyadov and Nikolai Medtner as well as music by Vittorio Monti, Fritz Kreisler, Pablo de Sarasate and Astor Piazzolla.
The piece by nuevo tango composer Piazzolla is for unaccompanied violin and comes from Maria Bessmeltseva's new recording "Soliloquy: Music for Unaccompanied Violin."
The CD's program ranges from a suite of Piazzolla's invigorating tangos to stately works by G.P. Telemann.
Bessmeltseva flexes her technique on showpieces by Kreisler and Nicolai Paganini.
The centerpiece of the recording is Serge Prokofiev's "Sonata for Solo Violin in D." It opens with a playful march that includes section that belie the fact that thee really is only one violin being heard. The second movement contrasts slower, lyrical melodies with more sprightly passages. The third movement explores the darker aspects of the key signature with lighter shades breaking through before ending with a burst of energy.  
The recording is available online at her website: mariabessmeltseva.com/

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