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Kyung-Wha Chung plays Violin Sonatas by Schubert & Schumann

Kyung-Wha Chung plays Violin Sonatas by Schubert & Schumann


Bach, J S:

Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV1068: Air ('Air on a G String')

Schubert:

Sonata (Sonatina) for violin & piano in A minor, D385 (Op. posth. 137 No. 2)

Schumann:

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


Kyung-Wha Chung (violin) & Itamar Golan (piano)

The great Korean violinist Kyung Wha Chung, who recently returned to the stage after several years spent far from concert halls for health problems, is here captured at the apex of her career in a concert where she plays German Romantic masterpieces accompanied by Itamar Golan.

Live recording: Suntory Hall, Tokyo, 26 April 1998

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Hindemith & Schoenberg: String Trios

Hindemith & Schoenberg: String Trios


Hindemith:

String Trio No. 1, Op. 34

String Trio No. 2

Schoenberg:

String Trio, Op. 45


Following their acclaimed recordings of the works for string trio by Mozart and Beethoven, Trio Zimmermann make a great leap in time. Arnold Schoenberg and Paul Hindemith were both at the avant-garde epicentre of the 1910s and 1920s, but their future paths could hardly have been more different. Whereas Schoenberg would go on to have a decisive influence on twentieth-century modernism with his dodecaphonic music and the Second Viennese School, Paul Hindemith gradually renounced his rebellious early music, eventually becoming something of an anachronistic loner.

The relatively early String Trio No. 1 (1924) already betrays the composer's interest in the forms and textures of baroque music. It opens with a flittering Toccata, going on to offer a contrapuntal web in its slow movement and ends with a double fugue. The contrapuntal textures are present also in the Second String Trio, but the neotonal language and general atmosphere point forward to later, large-scale works such as Mathis der Mahler.

In 1933, the year Hindemith composed his second trio, the political developments in Germany caused Arnold Schoenberg to leave Europe for the U.S.A. (Hindemith would follow in 1940.) It took him considerable time before he found his feet in this new environment and continuing financial and professional worries probably contributed to a serious heart attack that struck him down in August 1946. The String Trio, Op. 45, begun shortly before the heart attack and completed a month after it, is the disturbing expression of this extreme near-death experience. It also presents one of the greatest challenges in the entire string repertoire – in fact Schoenberg considered easing the technical difficulties by expanding the trio into a quintet.

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Ives: Piano Sonata No. 2 & Violin Sonata No. 4

Ives: Piano Sonata No. 2 & Violin Sonata No. 4


Ives, C:

Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 19 'Concord, Mass., 1840-1860'

Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 4, 'Children's Day at the Camp Meeting'


Pekka Kuusisto (violin), Joonas Ahonen (piano), Sharon Bezaly (flute), Pekka Kuusisto (viola)

Charles Ives’s ‘Concord Sonata’ is often described as one of the greatest of American piano works. Published in 1920, at the composer’s own expense, it contains radical experiments in harmony and rhythm and would have to wait until 1939 for its first public performance. In the course of its four movements, Ives depicts some of the famous inhabitants of the small town of Concord in Massachusetts, a centre of the mid-19th century transcendentalism movement. Luminaries of the movement such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau are alluded to in various ways in music that includes references to Beethoven, religious and patriotic hymns and circus marches, as well as brief ‘guest appearances’ by a viola and a flute.

Lasting 47 minutes on the present recording, Ives’s second piano sonata is a massive work of a staggering complexity, and a true challenge for any performer – a challenge more than readily accepted by the young Finnish pianist Joonas Ahonen, who has previously recorded Ligeti’s piano concerto for BIS.

For the opening work on the disc, the much shorter Violin Sonata No. 4, Ahonen is joined by his compatriot, the celebrated violinist Pekka Kuusisto. Composed during the same period as the Concord Sonata, this piece also has an extra-musical background, namely the composer’s memories as a child of the so-called camp meetings held during the Christian revivalism of the late 19th century.

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A Pleasing Melancholy: Works by Dowland & Others

A Pleasing Melancholy: Works by Dowland & Others


Danyel:

Eyes, look no more

Dowland:

Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares

George Whitehead's Almand

Paduana Lachrymae

Flow my teares (Lacrimæ)

Volta

If floods of tears

Mourne, mourne, day is with darknesse

Sorrow, come

Holborne:

My heavy sprite

Hume, T:

What greater griefe


James Akers (lute), Emma Kirkby (soprano)

Chelys Consort of Viols

‘A pleasing melancholy’ is how Robert Burton described the feeling that certain music can give rise to, in his The Anatomy of Melancholy from 1621. Some 20 years earlier John Dowland, melancholic par excellence, had expressed a similar idea in the dedication of his Lachrimae, or Seven Tears: ‘pleasant are the tears which music weeps’.

During this period in England, melancholia had become fashionable, especially in cultural and literary circles, and spawned countless poems, paintings and songs. When Dowland’s lute song Flow My Tears was published in 1600, the instrumental Lachrimae Pavan on which it was based had been in circulation for several years and was the composer’s ‘number one hit’ both in England and on the continent – and four years after the song, he returned to the music and varied it in the ‘seven tears’ for viol consort and lute.

Colleagues of Dowland such as Robert Jones and John Danyel explored similar moods and emotions in their own songs, sometimes – as in Danyel’s Eyes look no more – making clear allusions to Dowland’s famous pavan. The Chelys Consort of Viols released their first disc in 2015 to critical acclaim. For the present recording they are joined by lutenist James Akers, and Emma Kirkby, the English soprano who has long been a leading figure in the field of early music.

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Mozart: Serenata notturna, 3 Divertimenti & Eine kleine Nachtmusik

Mozart: Serenata notturna, 3 Divertimenti & Eine kleine Nachtmusik


Mozart:

Adagio & Fugue in C minor for Strings, K546

Serenade No. 13 in G major, K525 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'

Serenade No. 6 in D major, K239 'Serenata Notturna'

Divertimento in D major, K136

Divertimento in B flat major, K137

Divertimento in F major, K138


Up to and including Mozart, one important task for every composer not employed by the Church was to entertain. Much of Mozart’s best-loved music consists of occasional works intended for receptions and parties, balls and banquets, ceremonies and celebrations. These pieces are known to us under a number of different names: serenades, divertimenti, Nachtmusik and notturni are just some examples.

In so far as these are genres, the distinctions between them are often blurred and many of them seem to have been used more or less interchangeably. But when the music is so fresh and immediate, labelling it becomes less important. In 1778, Leopold Mozart – who never missed an opportunity to impart his wisdom – wrote to his son describing what characterizes a successful piece: ‘Short, easy and popular… written in a natural, flowing and easy style – and at the same time bearing the marks of sound composition.’

That this recipe was something Wolfgang had already mastered six years earlier becomes obvious when one listens to any of the three Divertimentos recorded here, and it’s equally clear that he hadn’t forgotten it when he composed Eine kleine Nachtmusik ten years later. What Leopold doesn’t mention is playfulness, another quality that Mozart had in spades, and which Terje Tønnesen and his Camerata Nordica explore in their performances, allowing a plaintive Swedish nyckelharpa (‘keyed fiddle’) to be heard in the trio section in Eine kleine Nachtmusik and giving the timpanist an opportunity to rock the party in the closing rondo of Serenata notturna.

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Mozart: Flute Quartets Nos. 1-4 (complete)

Mozart: Flute Quartets Nos. 1-4 (complete)


Ulf-Dieter Schaaff (flute), Philipp Beckert (violin), Andreas Willwohl (viola) & Georg Boge (violoncello)

Graceful, refined and irresistibly charming, the Flute Quartets occupy an exquisite place in Mozart's chamber music. This light, airy music with its vivid contrasts, delicious textures and irrepressible wit is brought to life by the soloists of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin.

The Flute Quartet in D K285 is a breezy affair written in concertante style which brims with attractive melodies. Its sublimely affecting slow movement was described by the biographer Alfred Einstein as "perhaps the most beautiful accompanied flute solo that has even been written". The simple, unhurried Flute Quartet in G K285A contains a delightful interplay of instruments, while the Flute Quartet in C K285B has a charming theme and variations with a spirited finale. The playful Flute Quartet in A K298 is a later work perhaps written for a group of friends; it contains borrowings from other composers artfully woven into the engaging and witty score. The result is, of course, utterly winning.

Ulf-Dieter Schaaff, principal flautist with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin is joined by his colleagues Philipp Beckert (violin), Andreas Willwohl (viola) and Georg Boge (violoncello). In their first recording for PENTATONE, they chose an unconventional seating arrangement (with violin and flute on the outer flanks) in order to create a novel spatial effect in the music.

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Beethoven: Complete String Quartets Volume 8

Beethoven: Complete String Quartets Volume 8


Beethoven:

String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 18 No. 3

String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major, Op. 74 'Harp'


The Quartetto di Cremona has spent over three years working on its gigantic recording series comprising all twenty string quartets as well as the two string quintets by Ludwig van Beethoven.

The success was so immediate that following the first volumes concert halls across Europe and the US invited the ensemble to perform.

Vol. VIII, the final volume of the edition opens with the third of the Op. 18 Quartets with which Beethoven introduced himself as a composer in 1800- six quartets which indeed all tell their own "story". From the tentative beginning, cautiously drawing the listener in, through to the

tempestuous concluding tarantella every bar of the Quartet in D major is replete and carefully considered. Beethoven's debut quartet is contrasted with the so-called "Harp" Quartet, which does not feature a harp but instead presents Beethoven on his way to modernism. Op. 74. A cunningly conceived first movement with prominent plucked "harp notes" is answered by the finale, where Beethoven reuses a (discarded) number from his incidental music to Goethe's freedom drama Egmont as a theme and variations - a clear indication of the fact that the composer in 1809 at the time of the Napoleonic Wars, lived through politically precarious times.

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Grandissima Gravita

Grandissima Gravita

Music by Pisenel, Tartini, Verachini & Vivaldi


Pisendel:

Sonata for Violin and harpsichord in C

Tartini:

Sonata for Violin and continuo in A minor, Op. 2 No. 5

Veracini:

Sonata for violin and continuo in G minor, Op. 2 No. 5

Sonata accademica in D minor, Op. 2 No. 12

Vivaldi:

Violin Sonata, Op. 2 No. 2 in A major, RV 31


This CD brings together the compositions by four violinist-composers.

United by a reverence for Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713), and in particular his Opus 5, these works explore the imagination of form that was the Sonata for violin and continuo.

Weaving together stylised dances and the preludic tradition, we are transported to a world of musical alchemy - the violinist creating ex nihilo textures and melodies that entrance and amaze.

Rachel Podger: “The four composers’ connections read like a popular comedy! Violin virtuosos Francesco Maria Verachini andJohann Georg Pisendel had an argument which resulted in Veracini flying into a rage and throwing himself from first floor a balcony, damaging his foot and limping forever after. Verachini amazed Giuseppe Tartini with his astonishingly smooth bowing technique, whereupon Tartini locked himself away to practice. Pisendel studied with Tartini and Antonio Vivaldi...”

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60


The latest release in the Remastered Classics series is Rafael Kubelik's sprited and acclaimed reading from the 1970s of Beethoven's first and fourth symphonies, performed with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

Delightful, infectious and witty, the opening Adagio which starts in the wrong key and the final movement which struggles to get started at all.

Beethoven's cheerful and optimistic fourth has been described as a "wolf in sheep's clothing" for its mix of engaging melodies, lurching rhythms, pungent dissonances and its vigorous orchestral writing.

Rafael Kubelik recorded his acclaimed cycle of Beethoven symphonies in the 1970s for Deutsche Grammophon, each with a different orchestra to dazzling effect. Using state of the art technology which avoids the need for re-mixing, PENTATONE's engineers have remastered the original studio tapes to bring the performances to life as originally intended: in compelling and pristine multi-channel sound.

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Russian Violin Concertos

Russian Violin Concertos


Glazunov:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82

Khachaturian:

Violin Concerto in D minor

Prokofiev:

Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19


Re-issue: This remarkable album marks the recording debut of German violinist Julia Fischer as well as the beginning of her extraordinary partnership with Russian-born conductor Yakov Kreizberg.

Result in numerous PENTATONE releases before the conductor’s untimely death in 2011.

Together they tackle three Russian violin concertos which have been tragically overlooked, shedding new light on these masterpieces.

The best-known work on the album is Serge Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1, a tour de force which features Prokofiev’s satirical tendencies and lyrical talents in equal parts. Rounding out the selection is Alexander Glazunov’s Violin Concerto in A minor, a triumph of Russian Romanticism which Fischer clearly relishes in this performance, declaring that the work was “absolutely delightful and rewarding for the instrument.”

A truly stunning debut album. The violin concertos of Khachaturian, Prokofiev and Glazunov are preserved in timeless beauty.

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