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Valentin Silvestrov: Moments of Memory II

Valentin Silvestrov: Moments of Memory II


Silvestrov:

Moments of Memory II

The Messenger

Farewell Serenade

Silent Music


Iryna Starodub (piano)

Kiev Virtuosi, Dmitry Yablonsky

Ukranian composer Valentin Silvestrov has said that ‘I do not write new music. My music is a response to and an echo of what already exists.’ This is particularly pertinent to works such as the Two Dialogues with Postscript that engage hauntingly with Schubert and Wagner, and the evocative Moments of Memory II which alludes to Chopin and yearns for an unreachable past. ‘Music is still song, even if one cannot literally sing it,’ says Silvestrov. Silvestrov was born on September 30, 1937 in Kiev. He began private music lessons at the age of 15. From 1955 to 1958 he studied music at evening school in Kiev while training to become a civil engineer. For the following six years he was enrolled at Kiev Conservatoire. Here he was a composition pupil of Boris Lyatoshinsky and also took harmony and counterpoint lessons with Levko Revutsky. His catalogue consists mainly of orchestral, chamber, vocal and piano pieces. These have been played internationally. Early works such as the Piano Quintet earned him a place among the leading avant-garde Ukrainian composers of his generation.

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László Lajtha: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9

László Lajtha: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9


Lajtha:

Symphony No. 8, Op. 66

Symphony No. 9, Op. 67


Pécs Symphony Orchestra, Nicolás Pasquet

Reflecting Hungary’s troubled times following the Soviet suppression of the 1956 Hungarian Uprising, Lajtha’s last two symphonies are deeply emotional and dramatic works ranging from tragic intensity to optimism. Whereas the Eighth Symphony was aptly described by the composer’s wife as ‘a tragedy without consolation,’ the emotional power and the melodic beauty of the Ninth Symphony evoke suffering, happiness and hope. A huge success at its 1963 Parisian premiere, the work was acclaimed by the critic Claude Rostand as ‘the one that convinced us that Laszlo Lajtha was truly one of the greatest symphonic composers of the 20th century.’ The city of Pecs, in the South East of Hungary, is an important cultural center, with a symphony orchestra that continues a tradition of some two and a half centuries. After its reorganization in 1984, the Pecs Symphony Orchestra undertook a series of important concert tours abroad with performances throughout Europe and worked with a number of distinguished conductors. Orchestral repertoire was broadened particularly under the English conductor Howard Williams from 1989, with an increased attention to contemporary music. In 1993 Nicolas Pasquet, winner of the 1987 Besancon competition, was appointed chief conductor. The orchestra now performs as the Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Ferdinand Ries: Sonatas for Violin and Piano, Vol. 2

Ferdinand Ries: Sonatas for Violin and Piano, Vol. 2


Ries, Ferdinand:

Violin Sonata in B flat major, Op. 16, No. 2

Violin Sonata in E minor, Op. 38 No. 1

Violin Sonata in A minor, Op. 38 No. 2


Eric Grossman (violin), Susan Kagan (piano)

The second volume of Ferdinand Ries’s violin sonatas furthers our exploration of music by a gifted composer who enjoyed a close and productive relationship with Beethoven as student, friend, and colleague. Filled with elegance and refinement, these three sonatas display the range of Ries’s creative gifts as a composer, skillfully synthesizing the clarity and discipline of Mozart’s Viennese Classical style with the inventiveness and freedom of the new Romanticism developing in the early 19th century. Volume 1 was regarded as ‘simply too good to miss’ by MusicWeb International. Eric Grossman is a versatile performer hailed for his flawless technique, superb musicianship, and commitment to a wide range of repertoire. A graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with Dorothy De Lay, Grossman enjoys an active performing career. He has performed across the US, Europe, Korea, Japan and Cuba in recital and as a soloist.

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Dvorak: Piano Trios, Vol. 2

Dvorak: Piano Trios, Vol. 2


Dvorak:

Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 21 (B51)

Piano Trio No. 2 in G minor, Op. 26 (B56)


The Tempest Trio

Dvorak’s four piano trios are some of the greatest examples of late 19th-century chamber music, and have remained repertoire favorites to this day. His Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat major incorporates melancholy, serenity and vivid excitement in equal measure, while the Piano Trio No. 2 in G minor though written at a time of personal tragedy for Dvorak, achieves a triumphant and emphatic conclusion. Fanfare said of the first volume of Trios, ‘I would urge you with special pleading to acquire this release for what may well be the best Dvorak ‘Dumky’ on disc ever.’ Combining technical mastery, expressive depth and performance experience, pianist Alon Goldstein, violinist Ilya Kaler and cellist Amit Peled have joined forces to form one of the most exciting trios on the international scene. Each virtuoso member of the ensemble has a successful solo career; together they bring vitality to the concert stage with their dynamic musical interplay and collaborative spirit. After only a few seasons as a trio the group has already been compared to the legendary ‘Million Dollar Trio’ of Arthur Rubinstein, Gregor Piatigorsky and Jascha Heifetz. The Tempest Trio has performed in cities throughout the US, Europe, Israel, and Asia, and in recent years the ensemble presented the complete Schumann, Brahms and Dvorak Trio cycles at the renowned Seattle Chamber Music Festival and the Four Arts Society in Palm Beach as well as New York’s Town Hall.

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Busoni - Piano Music Volume 9

Busoni - Piano Music Volume 9


Busoni:

Una festa di villaggio, Op. 9

Racconti fantastici, Op. 12

Danze antiche Op. 11

Suite campestre


Wolf Harden (piano)

All the works on this recording were composed when Busoni was between the ages of eleven and fifteen. Full of charm and wit, they reveal his precocious absorption of earlier models- principally Bach, Mozart, Weber and Schumann- as well as exceptional technical finesse. Una festa di villagigio charts the day’s events of a village festival whilst Suite campestre, one of his most distinctive early compositions, possesses moments of inwardness that presage the mature works to come. Wolf Harden, who was born in Hamburg in 1962, is one of the most versatile pianists of his generation. He has enjoyed great success in the Trio Fontenay, an ensemble that he founded in 1980 and with which he has toured to all the world’s major music centres. Harden devotes himself not only to chamber music but, with the same success, to the solo piano repertoire. His concert tours have taken him to South America and India as well as to countries throughout Europe, and his special affinity with unusual repertoire is attested by numerous recordings. He was the first to record a complete version of Hans Pfitzner’s Piano Concerto and has recorded piano music by Erno Dohnanyi, Franz Lehar and Ferruccio Busoni.

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Widor: Suite Florentine

Widor: Suite Florentine

Complete Works for Woodwind


Widor:

Suite florentine

arr. R de Reede

Introduction et Rondo (op. 72)

Serenade, Op. 10

Suite for flute and piano, Op. 34

Pieces (3)

arr. A Rey


Thies Roorda (flute), Alessandro Soccorsi (piano), Olivier Patey (clarinet), Alexei Ogrintchouk (oboe), Bert Mooiman (harmonium), Junko Naito (violin), Benedikt Enzler (cello)

Charles Widor’s musical life covered around 75 years of French cultural history. His organ symphonies helped to blow spectacular new life into an instrument that had become sorely neglected, and it was in salons such as that of the organ builder Cavaille-Coll that his chamber music was first welcomed with enthusiasm. Widor went on to work with leading players of his day, composing audition showpieces such as the Introduction et Rondo, the recently rediscovered and popular Serenade with its rich harmonium sonorities, and the Suite, Op. 34 that far transcends the salon genre in its character and range.

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Mayr: Stabat Mater in F minor, Eja mater & Ave maris stella

Mayr: Stabat Mater in F minor, Eja mater & Ave maris stella


Mayr:

Stabat Mater in F minor

Jaewon Yun (soprano), Theresa Holzhauser (contralto), Robert Sellier (tenor), Jens Hamann (bass)

Simon Mayr Chorus, Members of the Bavarian State Opera Chorus, Concerto de Bassus

Eja mater

Jaewon Yun (soprano), Theresa Holzhauser (contralto), Robert Sellier (tenor), Jens Hamann (bass)

Concerto de Bassus

Ave maris stella

Andrea Lauren Brown (soprano), Theresa Holzhauser (contralto), Markus Schäfer (tenor), Virgil Mischok (bass)

Simon Mayr Chorus, Members of the Bavarian State Opera Chorus, I Virtuosi Italiani


Restored by Mayr expert Frans Hauk from two extant manuscript versions and heard here in its world premiere recording, Simon Mayr’s Stabat mater in F minor was singled out by a contemporary biographer “for its marvelous effect” and “heavenly beauty.” Mayr himself frequently returned to this work, recycling one of its movements in his great Requiem. The song-like Ave maris stella builds on a hymn that dates back to the 8th century. Born in Neuburg an der Donau in 1955, Franz Hauk studied church and school music, with piano and organ, at the Munich Musikhochschule and in Salzburg. In 1988 he took his doctorate with a thesis on church music in Munich and at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Since 1982 he has served as organist at Ingolstadt Minster, and since 1995 also as choirmaster. He has given concerts in Europe and the United States and made a number of recordings. Since October 2002 he has taught in the historical performance and church music department of the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater, Munich. He founded the Simon Mayr Chorus in 2003.

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British Music for Violin and Piano

British Music for Violin and Piano


Bridge:

Con moto

Country dance

Gondoliera

Meditation

Moto perpetuo

Romance from Miniatures, Set 2

Serenade

Une lamentation d'amour

Delius:

Serenade from Hassan

arr. Lionel Tertis

Lullaby for a Modern Baby

Romance for violin and piano

Elgar:

Mazurka, Op. 10 No. 1

Violin Sonata in E minor, Op. 82

Ireland:

Bagatelle

Cavatina

Scott, C:

Bumblebees

Sonnets (2)

The Gentle Maiden

Vesperale op.40 no.2 [W401] (1904)


Clare Howick (violin), John Paul Ekins (piano)

Framed by Edward Elgar’s deeply personal Violin Sonata and the bravura fireworks of his Mazurka, this programme is a fascinating look at British music for violin and piano at the turn of the last century. Popular pieces such as Delius’s haunting Serenade can be found alongside premiere recordings such as that of Frank Bridge’s attractive Con moto or Cyril Scott’s contemplative Vesperale. Clare Howick’s recital of British Women Composers can be heard on Naxos 8572291, ‘in very fine performances that evince total commitment’ (MusicWeb International).

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50th Anniversary: Pittaluga Guitar Competition

50th Anniversary: Pittaluga Guitar Competition

Laureates 2006-2015


Bach, J S:

Lute Suite No. 4 in E major, BWV1006a: excerpts

András Csáki (guitar)

Sonata for solo violin No. 2 in A minor, BWV1003: excerpt

Petrit Ceku (guitar)

Brouwer, L:

Guitar Sonata: excerpts

Eren Süalp (guitar)

Erdener:

Five Grotesques: excerpts

Eren Süalp (guitar)

Granados:

Valses Poeticos (7)

arr. for guitar

Anabel Montesinos (guitar)

Koshkin:

The Prince's Toys, Suite for Guitar: excerpts

Artyom Dervoed (guitar)

Palacios, A:

Sonata para guitarra: excerpt

Irina Kulikova (guitar)

Ponce, M:

Sonatina Meridional: excerpts

Irina Kulikova (guitar)

3 Canciones Populares Mexicanas

Cecilio Perera (guitar)

Rameau:

Le rappel des oiseaux

Lazhar Cherouana (guitar)

La Dauphine

Lazhar Cherouana (guitar)

Rodrigo:

Elogio da la Guitarra

Petrit Ceku (guitar)

Invocación y danza

Emanuele Buono (guitar)

Walton:

Five Bagatelles for solo guitar: excerpts

Rovshan Mamedkuliev (guitar)


The Michele Pittaluga International Guitar Competition was first held in 1968, and is still one of only a handful of guitar competitions that have achieved genuine international prestige. In 2017 it celebrates its 50th continuous year, and this celebratory compilation of recordings by past winners brings together performances at the highest level of some of the finest music written or arranged for guitar: from Rodrigos challenge to the player in Elogio de la guitarra, to Rameaus picturesque mimicry of birdsong and Waltons masterful Bagatelles.

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Naxos Laureate Series Guitar Collections - 8573850

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George Lewis: Assemblage

George Lewis: Assemblage


Ensemble Dal Niente, Michael Lewanski

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