Sebastian Bohren: La Folia

June 27, 2022, 9:00 am

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Sebastian Bohren’s new album La folia is an affectionate homage to Ida Haendel, one of his heroes; to fiddlers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries; and to the violin itself. The Swiss violinist says, “It is also like a hall of mirrors, as some tracks invoke the spirits of two or three violinists.” From an early age, Bohren was immersed in a lineage of violinists who favored Romantic transcriptions of Baroque repertoire, studying with a pupil of the great Ukrainian-born violinist Nathan Milstein. Later in life, he fell under the influence of violinist Ida Haendel on YouTube, watching her perform Corelli’s La folia variations. So arose the concept of a program reflecting the ethos of La folia, the ear-catching theme which has fascinated composers for centuries.