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Schnittke & Kancheli: Light Over Darkness

Schnittke & Kancheli: Light Over Darkness


Kancheli:

Piano Quartet

Schnittke:

Piano Quintet, Op. 108

Piano Quartet


Erato Alakiozidou (piano)

Lutoslawski Quartet

Greek pianist Erato Alakiozidou and the Lutoslawski Quartet perform works by Alfred Schnittke and Giya Kancheli, which combine the contemporary expressive vocabulary of postmodernism, with the historical narrative of the last three centuries of Western Music. Moments of amazing tension are juxtaposed with passages of fragile introspection.

The music of Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998) and Giya Kancheli (b.1935) was shaped by the history of the Soviet Union and the politics of Moscow. Both grew up in Stalin's era, yet neither composer was Russian - Kancheli is Georgian and Schnittke had a German mother and German-speaking Jewish father. Both Kancheli and Schnittke have highly distinctive styles; apart from the deep personal feelings they express in various ways, they conserve silence as a key colour in their musical canvases.

Schnittke's Piano Quartet (1988) was composed out of Mahler's sketch for the unfinished second movement of his student Piano Quartet written in the mid 1870s. While Schnittke sometimes clearly departs from the Mahler original, much of the time it is quite clearly present, often with additional material accumulating round it - chromatic chords, dense canonic treatments - to give the effect of seeing an object through obscure glass or hearing music under water.

If Schnittke's music is often in uneasy dialogue with that of the Austro-German tradition, the work of Giya Kancheli seems set apart from that tradition, linked rather with Pärt and Górecki. Like Schnittke's Piano Quintet, Kancheli's In L'istesso Tempo has a mournful tone, but while Schnittke expresses a personal grief, Kancheli's is more universal. In a preface to the score Kancheli tells the listener to expect "threads of sorrow caused by the imperfections of the world".

Erato Alakiozidou has performed internationally in countries including Italy, Serbia, Turkey, Poland and the UK. She has pioneered a number of projects including international music festival Synthermia, contemporary music ensemble Idée Fixe, non-profit organisation Beartive, and the Tangos a cuatro Quartet.

Named after the great 20th-century Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski, and specialising in music of the 20th and 21st centuries, the Lutoslawski Quartet is one of Poland's leading quartets. Since its formation in 2007, the group has quickly established itself on the Polish and international classical music scene, appearing in numerous prestigious festivals and concert halls, as well as working with IRCAM at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

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Bach, J S: Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin, BWV1001-1006

Bach, J S: Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin, BWV1001-1006


Award-winning violinist Christian Tetzlaff continues his highly successful series of chamber music recordings on Ondine with a new recording of Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin (BWV1001–1006) by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas have an iconic status in the violin repertoire. Yet, little is known about the background of these fascinating works. Bach’s autograph manuscript is dated in Köthen in 1720, and it is commonly considered as the year when the cycle was completed. In his booklet notes Christian Tetzlaff offers fascinating perspectives of these masterpieces.

Christian Tetzlaff is considered one of the world’s leading international violinists and maintains an extensive performing schedule. Musical America named him ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ in 2005 and his recording of the violin concertos by Mendelssohn and Schumann, released on Ondine in 2011 (ODE11952), received the ‘Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik’. Gramophone selected the recording of the Schumann Violin Sonatas with Lars Vogt (ODE12052) as ‘Disc of the Month’ in January 2014. In addition, in 2015 ICMA nominated Christian Tetzlaff as ‘Artist of the Year’. His recordings on Ondine with Brahms’ Trios (ODE12712D) and Violin Concertos by Dvorák and Suk (1279-5) released in 2015 and 2016 earned GRAMMY nominations

“His sleeve note explaining his approach to the cycle is as thoughtful and personal as you would expect from him, and his realisation of it in performance does indeed hang together as a journey from solemnity towards acceptance and joy, with the lengthy Chaconne of the D minor Sonata perhaps representing a very personal bereavement.” The Guardian, 7th September 2017 ****

“Tetzlaff is one of the most compelling exponents of these classics to date: aware of period practice and technique, yet conscious of the “Romantic” performance tradition of the sonatas and partitas....[he] plays with a pristine freshness of dynamics and phrasing that takes the breath away, above all in the three fugues of the sonatas.” Sunday Times, 10th September 2017

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Garden Party

Garden Party


 

Ge Xie Mei Ling

Ancient Chinese/ Zhang Weiliang

Christiansen, A L:

Garden Party

Grieg:

Lyric Pieces Op. 47: No. 6 - Springtanz (Leaping Dance)

Lyric Pieces Op. 12: No. 4 - Dance of the Fairies

Cattle Call

Bådnlåt (No. 15 from Norwegian Folksongs (19), Op. 66)

Stumping Dance, Op. 17 No. 18

Hannibal:

Dreams

Sunset Dance

Lalo:

Fantaisie Norvégienne

Nielsen:

Humoresque-Bagatelles, Op. 11 (FS22)


Michala Petri (recorder), Lars Hannibal (guitar)

All good musical duos are conversations, and when Lars Hannibal and Michala Petri play together, they create an extraordinary, intimate space.

From their first concert in the Monastery La Cartuja de la Sierra in Andalusia, Spain in the summer 1992, they have toured through out Europe, North and Central America and Asia, giving more than 1.500 co ncerts from a repertoire spanning from the late renaissance and early baroqu e, the classical and romantic periods, to contemporary music written e specially for them.

In celebration of their 25th Anniversary, Michala and Hannibal have selected a very special program of some of the pieces they hav e have played live so many times – to share that intimate “fleeting moment” they have perfected in the live performances. Featuring musical sketche s and character pieces by Carl Nielsen, Edvard Grieg, Edouard Lalo, Asger L und-Christiansen, Lars Hannibal and a new arrangement of an ancient Chine se melody, “Garden Party” perfectly captures the spirit of “Conversation, Com panionship and Communication” that has defined their quarter-century long musical partnership.

“Adaptations and original pieces for this superb recorder-guitar duo-the disc’s jazzy title suite, evoking the calls of three birds, is especially charming.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2017 ****

“pure musical joy; light and breezily melodic. It’s the sort of music you want to listen to over and over again. And I did.” Daily Mail, 19th August 2017 *****

“The gusto, the treble dexterity and versatility of her playing on this disc — in signally satisfying sonic combination with guitar — expels thoughts of the trivial.” Sunday Times, 13th August 2017

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William Byrd: Virginal & Consorts

William Byrd: Virginal & Consorts


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Steve Rouse: Morphic Resonance

Steve Rouse: Morphic Resonance


Benjamin Sung (violin), Jihye Chang (piano), Michael Tunnell (corno da caccia), Meme Tunnell (piano), Matthew Nelson (clarinet), Greg Byrne (percussion), Evelyn Loehrlein (flute), Sidney King (double bass)

Indiana University New Music Ensemble, David Dzubay

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Cyberistan: The Electro-Acoustic Music of Ken Walicki

Cyberistan: The Electro-Acoustic Music of Ken Walicki


Tom Peters (double bass), Ken Walicki (electronics), Virginia Figueiredo (clarinet), Fureya Unal (piano), Rachel Mellis (flute)

Eclipse Quartet

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Between the Seasons

Between the Seasons


Kraggerud:

Equinox - 24 Postludes in all keys for Violin and Chamber Orchestra: Postludium

the last leaf - Magnus in Memoriam

Victimae Paschali

Vivaldi:

The Four Seasons


The extreme - wind, snow, cold, rainfall, thaw and heat - are vividly experienced in Kraggerud's interpretation of The Four Seasons. Henning Kraggerud manages to capture the climatic range experienced on top of the world in his music-making.

Inspired by Kremer and Desyatnikov's combination of Vivaldi and Piazzolla, Kraggerud has included four of his own works in-between the seasons. The pieces chosen evokes different connotations and new angles through which we can experience the world's most popular classical work. Kraggerud's pieces both comment and contrast Vivaldi's moods - positioned as it were between the seasons, forming an eight spoke wheel.

The album is accompanied by poetic liner notes from author Erik Fosnes Hansen, chronicling Vivaldi's life story and relating it both to the music and also the sonnets that were printed along with the original work: 'These admired and loved musical illustrations are like tapestries from a vanished era. They tell of simple, ordinary things that happen in the seasons, with all the drama that can lie in such simple and ordinary events. But just as a year has its seasons, so too does a life. So, let us look more closely at the life of this composer.'

Erik Fosnes Hansen is a Norwegian award-winning author, his work is translated into more than 30 languages.

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Violin Concertos - Sigrun Eovaldsdottir

Violin Concertos - Sigrun Eovaldsdottir


Berg:

Violin Concerto 'To the Memory of an Angel' (1935)

Rumon Gamba

Brahms:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Petri Sakari

Dvorak:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Uriel Segal

Sibelius:

Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47

Bernhardur Wilkinson


Sigrun Eovaldsdottir (violin)

Iceland Symphony Orchestra

This release contains four of the best known violin concertos of the 19th and 20th centuries. The pieces and their composers have things in common. Each of the works was the composer’s only concerto for violin. All of them make stringent demands of the soloist as regards technique, interpretation and phrasing, while giving the orchestra an important role in the compostion. Sigrún Edvaldsdóttir has received many accolades for her recordings on both the Chandos and Naxos labels.

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Icelandic Works for The Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra

Icelandic Works for The Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra

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Björnsson, S:

Quasi Concerto

Eiríksdóttir:

Brot

Gudmundsson:

HEX

Haraldsson:

Luce di Transizione

Jónsdóttir:

Crus

Kristinsson:

Arma Virumque Cano

Nordal:

Grima

Pálsson, P R:

Kristallar 2(000)

Tómasson:

MMOSO


Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra, Bernardur Wilkinson

Since the Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra was founded more than 40 years ago, it has performed well over 200 works by around Icelandic composers. The recordings on this release provide a cross section of works that the orchestra has made in recent years, and the choice of composers bears witness to the rich talent that radiates out of Iceland. Berhardur Wilkinson began his musical studies at an early age as a chorister at Westminster Abbey and entered the Royal Northern College of Music in 1969. He was appointed to the Iceland Symphony Orchestra in 1975 and since performed frequently as solist/conductor with various ensembles. He has been very active with the Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra both as a flautist and as conductor, recording a number of CDs and toured several countries under his direction.

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Serenata Italiana

Serenata Italiana


Busoni:

Serenata, Op. 34 (Kind.196)

Capuis:

Animato con Passione

Casella:

Notturno e tarantella, Op. 54

Castelnuovo-Tedesco:

Figaro Variations from Rossini’s ‘The Barber of Seville’

Martucci:

Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 52

Sinigaglia:

Pieces (2), Op. 16


Raphaela Gromes (cello), Julian Riem (piano)

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