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Cliburn Gold 2017 - Gold Medal Winner Yekwon Sunwoo

Cliburn Gold 2017 - Gold Medal Winner Yekwon Sunwoo


Grainger:

Ramble on Love (from Der Rosenkavalier)

Hamelin:

Toccata on “L'homme armé”

Haydn:

Piano Sonata No. 58 in C major, Hob.XVI:48

Liszt:

Litanei - Andante Religioso (No. 1 from Vier Geistliche Lieder, S562, after Schubert)

Rachmaninov:

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36

Ravel:

La Valse


Yekwon Sunwoo (piano)

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Strauss: Enoch Arden & Schumann: Gesänge der Frühe

Strauss: Enoch Arden & Schumann: Gesänge der Frühe


Schumann:

Gesänge der Frühe (5), Op. 133

Strauss, R:

Enoch Arden, Op. 38

John Bell (narrator)


Two of Australia’s finest storytellers, actor John Bell and pianist Simon Tedeschi, break new ground with this new recording of the great melodrama Enoch Arden – a deeply moving tale of love, loss, redemption and shipwreck, told through spoken word and solo piano.

Enoch Arden depicts, in Tedeschi’s own words, "extremities of emotional pathos in which an everyman is thrust into a maelstrom of betrayal, longing, regret and often, madness.” It is the story of three childhood friends, Enoch Arden, Philip Ray and Annie Lee. Enoch and Annie marry and start a family, but after Enoch is shipwrecked on an island for ten years, Annie agrees to marry Philip – believing Enoch to be dead. When Enoch returns, he learns of Annie and Philip’s relationship, and of their child together, and chooses to live in seclusion, heartbroken for his own fate but blissful in their happiness.

The poem Enoch Arden was published in 1864 while Alfred, Lord Tennyson was Queen Victoria’s Poet Laureate; Strauss wrote a piano score to accompany its recitation in 1897. Its most famous recording was a limited-edition release by Glenn Gould with Claude Rains in 1962. This new recording presents a rare insight into the pathos of Enoch Arden’s story, an exploration of humanity just as relevant in 2017 as when it was first written.

This album and subsequent national tour marks Tedeschi and Bell’s first collaboration. “I wanted to do Enoch,” says John Bell, “because I love working with musicians; I love being up close and watching their technique and feeling the visceral presence of the instruments. I’ve admired Simon for a long time; he’s a bit of an entertainer and showman as well as being a great pianist.”

On this album, Enoch Arden is paired with the stunningly evocative Songs of Dawn (Gesänge der Frühe) for solo piano by Robert Schumann. Written in 1853, towards the end of the composer’s tragic life, the five songs are, Tedeschi notes, “devotional one minute, white-hot the next, and then heartbreakingly lyrical, ending with a hymn-like movement that, to me, is as palpable a winding-down of the human spirit as Beethoven’s last Piano Sonata.”

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Au grand orgue Pierre-béique

Au grand orgue Pierre-béique


Alain:

Fantasmagorie

Bach, J S:

Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV565

Dupré:

Cortège et Litanie, Op. 19 No. 2

Goulet:

Citius, altius, fortius!

Saint-Saëns:

Le carnaval des animaux

Vierne, L:

Pièces de fantaisie, 3rd suite, Op. 54: No. 6, Carillon de Westminster

Widor:

Andante sostenuto (2nd movement from Symphonie Gothique, Op 70)

Toccata from Organ Symphony No. 5 in F minor, Op. 42 No. 1


Jean-Willy Kunz (Organ of Montreal Symphony Hall)

In selecting the program for his first solo recording, Jean-Willy Kunz was naturally drawn to music by composers from his native France including Jehan Alain, Charles-Marie Widor, Marcel Dupre, and Louis Vierne, while a work by Quebecois Maxime Goulet provides a contemporary flavor. These are paired with the great Toccata and Fugue in D minor by J.S. Bach. A highlight of this recording is Kunz's transcription of Camille Saint-Saens' Le Carnaval de animaux, which he first performed in 2014 for the inauguration of the Pierre-Beique organ. Kunz's transcription demonstrates the organ's ability to render a wide range of orchestral colors and textures. The organ at Maison symphonique de Montreal was designed and built for teh OSM by the renowned organ builder Casavant in collaboration with architects Diamond Schmitt and Aedifca. The large scale opus 3,900 organ boasts 109 registers, 83 stops, 116 ranks and 6,489 pipes, and holds its own in orchestral works.

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Songbird

Songbird


Argento:

Spring (from Six Elizabethan Songs)

Barber:

St. Ita's Vision (No. 3 from Hermit Songs)

Bizet:

Chanson d'Avril

Brahms:

Regenlied, WoO23

Unbewegte laue Luft (No. 8 from Acht Lieder und Gesänge, Op. 57)

Mädchenlied, Op. 107 No. 5

Britten:

On This Island, Op. 11: No. 3, Seascape

Chausson:

Dans la forêt du charme et de l’enchantement, Op. 36 No. 2

Les Papillons, Op. 2 No. 3 (Gautier)

Debussy:

L'ame evaporee

Il pleure dans mon cœur (No. 2 from Ariettes Oubliées)

Fauré:

Le secret Op. 23 No. 3

Gounod:

Viens! Les gazons sont verts

Sérénade

Liszt:

Der Fischerknabe, S.292 No. 1

Purcell:

Music for a while, Z583

Quilter:

Now sleeps the crimson petal, Op. 3 No. 2 (Tennyson)

Strauss, R:

Efeu, Op. 22 No. 3

Wolf, H:

O wär dein Haus durchsichtig wie ein Glas

Ich hab in Penna einen Liebsten (No. 46 from Italienisches Liederbuch)


Layla Claire (soprano), Marie-Eve Scarfone (piano)

Praised for her colorful, flexible voice and graceful stage presence, Canadian soprano Layla Claire is proud to present Songbird, her first solo recital recording. Songbird features English songs by Britten and Barber, French melodies by Debussy, Bizet, Chausson, and German Lieder by Brahms, Wolf and Strauss. She is accompanied by pianist Marie-Eve Scarfone. An expressive and experienced concert singer, Ms. Claire has worked with Bernard Haitink, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, James Levine, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Kent Nagano. Her extensive international recital presence has included programs of art song at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, CBC Glenn Gould Studio, and a multi-city tour of Canada as the winner of the Eckhardt-Gramatte National Music Competition. While still a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Layla Claire made her Metropolitan Opera debut in Don Carlo, led by Yannick Nezet-Segun. She has since returned to the stage for several guest appearances including the creation of the role of Helena in the Baroque pastiche The Enchanged Island under William Christie's baton, and as Anne Truelove in The Rake's Progress conducted by James Levine.

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Ustvolskaya: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-6

Ustvolskaya: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-6


Ustvolskaya:

Piano Sonata No. 1

Piano Sonata No. 2

Piano Sonata No. 3

Piano Sonata No. 4

Piano Sonata No. 5

Piano Sonata No. 6


Antonii Baryshevskyi (piano)

„ ‚What we are about to hear is not a performance by conceptual artists who have decided to set a discarded Bechstein or Blüthner on fire – no, we are going to hear piano pieces by Galina Ivanovna Ustvolskaya.’ The words of the renowned Dutch music critic quoted above offer a precise, vivid description of the musical output of one of the most enigmatic composers of our time.

It is hard to apply the usual musicological jargon to Ustvolskaya‘s music. She was not the apocalypse of the 20th century; she was its echo. Thanks to providence, she was never sent to one of Stalin’s concentration camps: destiny allowed her to live in seclusion as an artist never blinded by hopes of success. In choosing solitude, she was by no means a Romantic “hero” fleeing from reality, overtly proud of fulfilling a mission or playing an exclusive role. Her seclusion, instead, was the bitter loneliness of a noble soul trembling in view of the world’s utter imperfection. She mourns for it. She prays for us. Ustvolskaya chose to live the life of a hermit. Contact with other human beings was something she often found difficult – even with musicians who really liked her. As she put it herself: “My sincerest wish would be to crawl into a barrel like Diogenes and just live secluded therein. That would be the best option for my life.................“. (Excerpts from the liner notes by Iosif Raiskin)

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Armida Quartett: Fuga Magna

Armida Quartett: Fuga Magna


Bach, J S:

The Art of Fugue, BWV1080: Contrapunctus I

The Art of Fugue, BWV1080: Contrapunctus IV

The Art of Fugue, BWV1080: Contrapunctus XI

Beethoven:

Grosse Fuge in B flat major, Op. 133

Goldberg:

Sonata in C Minor, DürG 14

Haussmann, V:

Fuga prima

Fuga seconda

Mozart:

Adagio & Fugue in C minor for Strings, K546

Scarlatti, A:

Sonata a quattro in D minor


Armida Quartett

The act of thinking and composing in counterpoint – in fugues – has reigned as the supreme musical discipline ever since Western music emerged around the year 1200 from the shadows of purely oral transmission to be codified in writing, initially in mensural notation.

Our seven-league-boot journey across the realm of fugue begins with the two earliest published German works in the genre for instrumental ensemble from the year 1602. The first of them has ethereal motifs which it rather cautiously explores, whereas the second is based on the folk song O Nachbar

Roland, mein Herz ist voller Pein (which Samuel Scheidt arranged as a magnificent canzone for strings in 1621). Haussmann’s Fugae are written “for all kinds of instruments”: idiomatic passagework for violin is thus entirely absent here, and only emerged as a stylistic trait in the course of the 17th century.

Alessandro Scarlatti is the composer of four sonatas that are to be performed senza cembalo, as he specifies, and which are often referred to as the first string quartets. The animated movements are complex counterpoint constructions; the middle movements are tortuous harmonic meanders brimming with ligature et durezze; the final movements are all short, ironic minuets with the two violin parts in unison.

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Enescu, Ravel & Skalkottas: Violin Sonatas

Enescu, Ravel & Skalkottas: Violin Sonatas


Enescu:

Violin Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 25 'dans le caractère populaire roumain'

Ravel:

Violin Sonata in G major

Tzigane

Skalkottas:

Petite Suites Nos. 1 & 2 for Violin and Piano


Jonian-Ilias Kadesha (violin) & Nicholas Rimmer (piano)

It would be wrong to classify Nikos Skalkottas as a National Romantic composer. However, only certain works such as the Greek Dances for orchestra or the Two Little Suites for violin and piano have kept his name from falling into oblivion. The Two Little Suites reflect a shift in his last creative years: while maintaining typically strict structural control, Skalkottas was nevertheless evolving toward a less complex style......

George Enescu was Romania’s true musical ambassador. He belonged to the first generation of composers born in the relatively young Kingdom of Romania, but left his native land as a seven-year-old child prodigy to study in Vienna, then in Paris: from then on, he led a cosmopolitan life. He would soon become a world-famed celebrity: first as a violinist, soon also as a composer, pianist and conductor. Yehudi Menuhin, his most renowned pupil, referred to Enescu as the most extraordinary human being he ever encountered. Several recordings of Enescu playing the violin have been preserved, including his own Third Violin Sonata with Dinu Lipatti, his godchild, as a sensitive accompanist on the piano......

Begun before the Tzigane but only completed thereafter, the Violin Sonata in G Major was dedicated by Ravel to the above-mentioned Hélène Jourdan-Morhange, a violinist who was both his friend and advisor. In the meantime she had contracted rheumatism in her fingers and could no longer play the sonata in public. None other than George Enescu stepped in to ensure the work’s resounding success in its world première with Ravel at the piano. (Excerpts from the line notes by Johannes Jansen)

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Mendelssohn & Penderecki: Sextets

Mendelssohn & Penderecki: Sextets


Mendelssohn:

Piano Sextet Op. 110

Penderecki:

Sextet for Clarinet, Horn, Violin, Viola, Cello & Piano


Soloists of the Spannungen Festival

The work’s high opus number should not mislead us: Mendelssohn composed his Sextet for piano and five strings when he was only fifteen years old. Here one will not yet find innovative writing of the caliber of what Mendelssohn would soon produce in the Octet or in the Overture to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Louis Spohr and Hummel still hold sway as conventional musical models, but at least the agile Menuetto exudes Mendelssohnian flair, rushing on by with the grace of a fairy. The work was not printed until 1868, twenty-one years after Mendelssohn’s death, and has not circulated widely since then. Mendelssohn biographer Eric Werner described this work as a “miniature chamber concerto for the piano, contrasting the latter with the five other instruments. Along with Witold Lutosławski, Krzysztof Penderecki is regarded as the most outstanding Polish composer of the 20th century.

Starting in the 1980s, Penderecki abandoned all avant-garde tendencies and has been increasingly using the music of the 19th and early 20th centuries as his models. With a generous playing time of 35 minutes, the work presents itself as a reminiscence of great Slavic composers of the 20th century. Here one can easily detect Penderecki’s penchant for Stravinsky, even more so for Bartók and, above all, for Shostakovich. As Penderecki once put it himself: “I am, of course, a Slavic composer who is mainly interested in communicating his emotions through musical expression.”

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Nielsen & Prokofiev: Wind Quintets

Nielsen & Prokofiev: Wind Quintets


Nielsen:

Wind Quintet, Op. 43 (FS 100)

Prokofiev:

Quintet in G minor, Op. 39 for Oboe, Clarinet, Violin, Viola and Double-bass


Soloists of the Spannungen Festival

„Nielsen’s music sets itself apart from the prevailing bathos of Late Romanticism thanks to its linear melodies and overall transparency. In his compositional style he displayed skillful mastery of counterpoint and modern rhythm while incorporating elements of Gregorian chant and of folk music.

Accused at times of detached coolness, the composer once justified his approach with the following words: “Why do we have to go on proving ad nauseam that a beautifully sounding third is to be regarded as a gift of God, a fourth as a true experience, and a fifth as the utmost joy?”

Written in 1921/22, Nielsen’s Wind Quintet Op. 43 helps us partake in that very experience. Thinned down to the pure essentials, the scoring highlights the five instruments’ individual timbres. “At times they speak of one accord, then they irrupt into apparent disorder, then each one speaks for itself”, Nielsen explained. Certain instrumental combinations already sound almost exotic in the first movement.”

We likewise enter the circus ring with Sergey Prokofiev’s Quintet Op. 39 for the unusual combination of oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, and double bass. Prokofiev wrote this work in 1924 under the title “Trapeze” as a ballet for choreographer Boris Romanov and his itinerant dance troupe: music depicting “scenes from the circus life”. With its scoring reduced to the bare essentials, the work was designed to be readily performable in all sorts of circumstances and locations. Prokofiev, nevertheless, ended up composing a technically ambitious work, sporting a quirky character and “several rhythmic difficulties”, as he readily admitted himself.”( Excerpt from the liner notes by Matthias Corvin)

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De Meglio 1826

De Meglio 1826


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 22 in F major, Op. 54

Clementi:

Piano Sonata in B minor, Op. 40, No. 2

Ferrari, G, G:

Piano Sonata No. 3 in G Major, Op. 10

Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 15 in F major, K533/494


Antonio Piricone (fortepiano)

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