Bojidara Kouzmanova-Vladar (violin) & Julia Purgina (viola)


Violin: Bojidara Kouzmanova-Vladar

Viola: Julia Purgina




Julia Purgina: Preludio for violin and viola: Grave – Presto – Grave

Johann Sebastian Bach: Presto in g-minor from the 1st sonata for violin solo, BWV 1001

(arr. Julia Purgina)

Michael Amann: Swing Bridge for violin and viola

Johann Sebastian Bach: Andante in C-major from the 2nd sonata for violin solo, BWV 1003

(arr. Julia Purgina)

Jorge Sánchez-Chiong: Sputnik Planum for violin and viola

Johann Sebastian Bach: Sarabanda in d-minor from the 2nd partita for violin solo, BWV 1004

(arr. Julia Purgina)

Roland Freisitzer: Chaconne for violin and viola



enSuite means „then“... but it can also be understood as a „continuation“ of something already existing – baroque suites for instance, who served as a formal receptacle for all different kinds of (dance) pieces.

This is the main idea of the programme of enSuite, which was developed by the violinist Bojidara Kouzmanova-Vladar and the violist Julia Purgina. The two string players selected three of their favourite pieces out of Johann Sebastian Bach´s music for solo violin and placed these face to face with new pieces by four contemporary composers. The task for the composers was to engage with the music of Bach in a way which would allow the new compositions to be combined with the baroque works to give way to a timeless suite of musical pieces.

The four Austrian-based composers found completely different solutions, nevertheless all of them did make use of subtle hints and allusions, which enrich the contemporary sound world with the  slightest taste of a baroque note, sometimes clearer, sometimes almost inaudible and blurred.

Julia Purgina, who also takes responsibility for the arrangements of the Bach-pieces, sets off enSuite with a well-known opening form – a Preludio. Despite the formal tribute to the past, her musical language remains in the presence, only decorated with some elements of baroque articulations. Michael Amann's  Swing Bridge illuminates the relations between old and new – the title can be taken literally for a connection between two musical epoches, the music itself is oscillating between the different styles. Jorge Sánchez-Chiong chooses a special scordatura for the string instruments, an often-used technique in baroque music, which allows the composer a larger variety of harmonic chords. Sputnik Planum, this is the title of his piece, is notated in a special manner which finds its roots in the tablatures of renaissance and baroque music. The grand finale of enSuite is Roland Freisitzer´s Chaconne – a formally strictly built musical work, seeking out the harmonical principles and the idea of variation of the original genre. It develops a kind of tonality, leaving behind the possibilities of major and minor, while using rhythmical elements of contemporary music.

The four contemporary pieces are interwoven to one big suite with the Presto from the 1st Sonata for violin solo (BWV 1001), the Andante from the 2nd Sonata for violin solo (BWV 1003) and the Sarabanda from the 2nd Partita for violin solo (BWV 1004). These three masterpieces by Johann Sebastian Bach are perfect examples of the composer´s way of constructing polyphonic and rhythmical counterpoint in various musical lines while using only one solo instrument. Splitting up those lines on two instruments allows displaying the counterpunctual and harmonic lines in their entity, while the sonoric spectrum of the violin is enriched by a soundwise closely related instrument, the viola, without sacrificing any of the intentions or the power of the original.

Upcoming performances of EnSuite -

11.10.2016 world premiere of the programme and presentation of the CD at Alte Schmiede Wien.

05.12.2016 EnSuite at Altes Rathaus, Bank Austria Salon, Wipplingerstrasse 6-8, 1010 Wien