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Schubert: Winterreise D911

Schubert: Winterreise D911


Dimitris Tiliakos (baritone), Vassilis Varvaresos (piano)

The Greek baritone and international opera soloist Dimitris Tiliakos recorded a wonderful version of the Winterreise cycle, together with pianist Vassilis Varvaresos. Dimitris is known from the international opera stage. He recently recorded the title role ‘Don Giovanni’ for Sony Classical under the baton of Teodor Currentzis. He has chosen Navis Classics to record the Lieder-repertoire, starting with Winterreise.

In the booklet you will find the interesting link between the ancient Greek history and this wonderful repertoire from the heart of Europe; Dimitris points out that the dynamic between Eros and Thanatos, Love and Death, is the main theme of ancient Greek drama.

“This is a bleak, stark existential journey, with Dimitris Tiliakos’s clean, slightly dry timbre complemented by the bare, sometimes aptly desiccated textures conjured up by his excellent pianist…the steadiness and control of Tiliakos’s soft singing are heard to particularly touching effect in ‘Wasserflut’…his diction is invariably clear; and throughout he avoids the slightest hint of sentimentality” Gramophone Magazine, September 2016

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JS Bach: Cello Suites Vol. 2

JS Bach: Cello Suites Vol. 2


Bach, J S:

Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV1008

Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV1011

Cello Suite No. 6 in D major, BWV1012


Joachim Eijlander (cello)

After having released suite no. 1, 3 and 4, Joachim now completes his Bach project with the second, fifth and sixth suite. The second suite works as a gateway between the first volume and the second one. The Fifth suite, where the player needs to tune the high A string to a G natural (scordatura), has a complete different colour than the other suites and leads to the mystical world of the sixth suite. This last suite was written for a five string instrument but performed on Joachim Eijlanders wonderful four string Gaetano Chiocchi cello (1870). This second release brings us a second layer of colour to the Bach Cello Suites, both for the player as well for the listener!

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The First and the Last Romantic

The First and the Last Romantic

Schumann and Strauss


Schumann:

Violin Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 121

Strauss, R:

Violin Sonata in E flat major, Op. 18


Noé Inui (violin), Vassilis Varvaresos (piano)

International top duo explores the edges of the romantic era, combining Robert Schumann's second violin sonata with Richard Strauss' sonata for violin and piano.

When violinist Noé Inui and pianist Vassilis Varvaresos met in 2012 for their first joint rehearsal it was instantly clear to them that their duo would become a long-term co-operation. It is as if they speak the same language, united as they are during their concerts; a quality which is visible and noticeable even in the back row of any concert hall. As a duo they have performed in prime venues in the USA, Japan, Germany, France, Greece, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Comparing and contrasting two monumental violin sonatas by great composers from entirely separate generations can be a fascinating exercise, but in this case only yields incidental relationships. Richard Strauss’s Sonata in E-flat major Op. 18 can be considered a youthful work but, given the extra impetus of inspiration gained from new-found love in his future wife the singer Pauline de Ahna, this is also an uncompromisingly demanding piece which saw the composer at the top of his game at this point in his development. Robert Schumann’s Second Violin Sonata emerged after frustration in his failure to establish himself as a conductor in Düsseldorf but during a period of ongoing compositional productivity before his final illness took hold. Written almost immediately after the First Violin Sonata it can be seen as the big brother to its predecessor; taking the genre further, the trained muscles now set for even more ambitious musical exploration.

Greek/Japanese violinist Noé Inui (1985) has been a prize winner at various international competitions, such as Young Concert Artists New York (1st prize) and the Sibelius Competition, Helsinki (Young Talents’ Award). In 2012 he was awarded the top prize (Prix Julius Baer, Prix d’Excellence) of the Verbier Festival Academy. As a soloist Noé performs frequently with orchestras in Germany, Spain, Greece and Japan. As a chamber musician he has played in many European countries as well as in the USA and Japan. He has shared the stage with artists including Martha Argerich and Leonidas Kavakos. Based in Germany, this multilingual violinist (he speaks five languages fluently) was involved in several international recording projects.

Greek pianist Vassilis Varvaresos (1983) was in 1998 the youngest ever winner

of Young Concert Artists New York. This achievement has been followed by various international prizes, his most recent being 3rd prize at the Enescu Competition in Bucharest in September 2014.

He has performed in many major venues in the USA such as the Morgan Library, the Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center in Washington. In March 2012 after his first solo recital in Carnegie Hall he was invited by President Obama to perform at the White House.

This ‘Most Promising Young Greek Artist’ also plays as soloist with orchestras as well as in chamber-music recitals and recording projects.

“[Inui's] opening is elegant, controlled and softer of attack. Notable from the off is a sense of real partnership with pianist Vassilis Varvaresos.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

“In short, this is a very engaging disc.” The Strad, January 2016

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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 10, 17 & 32

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 10, 17 & 32


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111

Piano Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 14 No. 2

Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2 'Tempest'


Naum Grubert (piano)

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Chopin Recital

Chopin Recital


Chopin:

Étude Op. 25 No. 7 in C sharp minor

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 'Marche funèbre'

Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47

Nocturne No. 13 in C minor, Op. 48 No. 1

Nocturne No. 7 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 1

Nocturne No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 27 No. 2

Mazurka No. 49 in F minor, Op. 68 No. 4

Mazurka No. 27 in E minor, Op. 41 No. 2

Mazurka No. 45 in A minor, Op. 67 No. 4

Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

Waltz No. 10 in B minor, Op. 69 No. 2


Naum Grubert (piano)

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Into the Woods

Into the Woods


Arnold:

Sea Shanties for Wind Quintet, Op. 4

Barber:

Summer Music, Op. 31

Bernstein:

Candide - Overture

Gershwin:

Porgy and Bess (highlights)

arr. Bill Holcombe

Muczynski:

Quintet for Winds


Ensemble Houthandel

Exciting cross-overs! Classics by Samuel Barber, Robert Muczynski en Malcolm Arnold, as well as beautiful transcriptions for woodwind quintet of symphonic masterpieces by Leonard Bernstein andGeorge Gershwin.

Ensemble Houthandel formed as a wind quintet at the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp in 2005. At that time it was called ‘Ensemble Houthandel Antwerpen’ and was initially active for exam performances, also becoming an emblem for the conservatoire and for itself in a variety of self-organised concerts. The group studied and rehearsed the standard wind quintet repertoire intensively

in those early years.

In February 2009 Houthandel was declared winner of the 4th edition of Gouden Vleugels and awarded the Jeugd & Muziek Chamber Music prize organised by Jeugd & Muziek Vlaanderen, Radio Klara, newspaper De Standaard and the KBC Bank. This award really put the wind in the ensemble’s sails, and in the 2009-2010 season there were no fewer than 35 performances of ‘De Grote Houthandel Antwerpen Show’ and a number of highly acclaimed concerts in the Netherlands.

Part of the Gouden Vleugels prize gave Houthandel the opportunity to record their debut CD ‘Kicking Sawdust’ in Studio Toots, a well-known location for Flemish Radio and Television. This was followed in April 2010 by a concert tour to the Spanish Balearic Islands.

In the 2010-2011 season the oboe and horn chairs were vacated and Houthandel welcomed two new musicians. As a result the ensemble became even closer-knit, and the dynamics for rehearsal and creativity grew in intensity.

“In an entertaining booklet-note, the ensemble state that their aim is ‘to amuse, surprise and fascinate’. On that basis alone, this disc is a considerable success.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2015

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JS Bach: Cello Suites Vol. 1

JS Bach: Cello Suites Vol. 1


Bach, J S:

Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV1007

Cello Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV1009

Cello Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV1010


Joachim Eijlander (cello)

“For me, this was a project which emerged from my deepest wish to record the Bach cello suites, and when the chance arose I grabbed it with both hands. A few days later I thought, ‘what on earth have I started’, but in the end this is the reason why I started playing the cello. I have played this music since I was ten years old and it has always been a dream to perform and record it.

The music is very strong in itself, and the individual voices form a very solid unity. You find yourself in this world and you are absorbed by it. That’s the power of this music.

Particularly in recent years I see more and more dimensions in Bach’s music that touch my soul, and for that reason I can still say that this really is the best music ever written for my instrument.”

“The lightness of the Dutch cellist’s détaché bowing owes something to period performance, but it is a stylistic reference of articulation rather than something didactic. In essence, his approach reflects a detailed but informed, instinctive response that allows for spontaneity.” The Strad, January 2016

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