The steiner duo basel plays works by Platti, Vasks, Rolla and Bach.
The opening piece is the Ricercata No. 1 by Giovanni Benedetto Platti. Unlike in the Baroque period, the cello does not take on the role of obbligato basso continuo here, but acts as a dialog partner to the violin. Like Bach, Platti thus took a new path that significantly influenced subsequent composers.
This direction reaches a virtuoso climax in the duo by Alessandro Rolla, who took concertante duo playing to the extreme. Competition is presented in its most perfect form with the double concerto by Johann Sebastian Bach. In the original for orchestra and two solo violins, an arrangement is performed which captures this fantastic music in the violin-cello line-up.
The stark contrast to these concertante works is the work Castillo Interior by Pēteris Vasks, composed around a decade ago. Here, the composer allows the two instruments to speak together in harmony rather than alternately in conversation.