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VIOLIN RECITAL - Ittai Shapira, violin and Jeremy Denk, piano

VIOLIN RECITAL - Ittai Shapira, violin and Jeremy Denk, piano
ID: QTZ2021
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Violin

Three of the greatest late Romantic violin sonatas, including the comparatively little-performed Delius Sonata alongside two high-points of French romanticism and impressionism by Franck and Ravel. Performed here by one of the most acclaimed duos on the international concert stage
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VIOLIN RECITAL - Atsuko Sahara, violin and John Lenehan, piano

VIOLIN RECITAL - Atsuko Sahara, violin and John Lenehan, piano
ID: QTZ2016
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Violin

This is the sparkling debut CD from the accalaimed winner of the 2004 Uralsk International Violin Competition. This colourful and varied recital includes sensational virtuoso masterpieces by Wieniawski and Ysaye as well as the delicately beautiful To The Air of Time by contemporary Japanese composer Isao Matsushita. The recital opens with Dvorak's tender and intimate, folk-influenced Sonatina.

Atsuko Sahara appears here with the celebrated pianist, John Lenehan.

Violin Recital

The second Uralsk International Violin Competition was held between January 16th and 20th, 2004 and was made possible through the generous support of Mr. Krymbek Kusherbayev (Akim of West Kazakhstan Oblast) and Karachaganak Petroleum Operating bv, under the leadership of John Morrow. First Prize was awarded to Atsuko Sahara (Japan). This CD commemorates her fine achievement in a competition of the very highest standard featuring young soloists from Kazakhstan, Russia, Europe, East Asia and other countries. The celebrated Kazakh violinist and Chairman of the Jury, Marat Bisengaliev announced the award of the joint first prize after the Final on January 21st, 2004. It is with sincere and grateful thanks to the Akim, Mr. Kusherbayev and to Mr. John Morrow (from KPO), that the making of this CD and the staging of the competition were made possible.
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Jack Liebeck - Works for Violin & Piano

Jack Liebeck - Works for Violin & Piano
ID: QTZ2002
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Piano

The debut disc by one of the most talented and acclaimed young violinists to emerge in recent years. Liebeck has established an international reputation for mature, intense and virtuosic performances and this disc of early 20th Century works demonstrates these characteristics in abundance. Partnered here by the virtuoso, award-winning pianist, Katya Apekisheva, this is duo playing of the highest calibre.

Works for Violin & Piano
In 1943, Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) was evacuated, along with many other prominent artists, to Alma-Ata (Almaty) in modern-day Kazakhstan while the Soviet army fought against the Germans in the West. It was here that he wrote his Sonata for Flute and Piano Op 94 which, at the suggestion of David Oistrakh, he transcribed the following year for violin. The amount of revision needed was minimal and indeed the piano part is exactly the same in both versions.
The Sonata is in stark contrast to the huge upheaval that was taking place on the other side of the country and Prokofiev himself described the work as "perhaps inappropriate at the moment, but pleasant". The key of D Major is perhaps a conscious reference to the Classical Symphony and certainly the Sonata follows the classical model closely, even incorporating all elements of the standard first-movement sonata-form structure although the boisterous Russian finale has more in common with later models. Prokofiev was reputedly inspired to compose the Sonata after hearing the French flautist Georges Barrere, one of the great exponents of 19th Century French flute music as well as the dedicatee of Edgar Varese's experimental Density 21.5 and it is perhaps appropriate that he should have been the motivating force behind this work which harks back to earlier forms and yet is very much of its time.

The violinist Eugene Ysaye (1858-1931) was held in high esteem by his Parisian contemporaries as a powerful interpreter of their works. These famous figures included Saint-Saëens, Debussy, Franck and Chausson who all dedicated works to him (indee Chausson's Poeme was written for Ysaye).

As he was primarily a performer, Ysaye not compose a large catalogue of works and almost all of them were violin pieces. Ysaye's six solo violin sonatas were inspired by the young Joseph Szigeti's performance of a Bach solo sonata in 1923. Ysaye is said to have been so inspired that he immediately locked himself away for twenty four hours and emerged with all six in sketch form. Each sonata was dedicated and tailored to a violinist of his time; Szigeti, Thibaud, Enesco, Kreisler, Crickboom and Quiroga. The First and Second Sonatas follow a similar movement structure to Bach's solo Sonatas and Partitas. Ysaye even quoted the E major Partita in his 2nd sonata ("Obsession") symbolising and perhaps teasing Jacques Thibaud about his obsession with its opening.

By the Third Sonata (featured here), Ysaye ideas started to move more into his own unique and personal sound world with more chromaticism and free-flowing movement. The sonata is dominated by a fiery and distinctive main thematic idea that develops right until the very end of the piece. He managed to combine this idea with many different episodes of colour and figuration in a way that only a musician with intimate knowledge of the mechanics and capabilities of the violin could. Technically very demanding though the piece is, it is so well tailored to the nature of the violin that it is very playable and has become one of the staples of the violin repertoire. JL.

Ernest Chausson (1855-1899) came to music relatively late in life and was often considered something of an outsider, partly by virtue of his relatively well-off background which meant that he was financially independent throughout his life but also for purely musical reasons.

His music bears the hallmarks of many of the great influences of his day, including Franck, Massenet and Wagner but also exhibits the outcome of his own personal interests and explorations. Towards the end of his life, Chausson became increasingly interested in Russian literature and the work of the Metaphysical poets and the Poeme is based on a short story by Turgenev. Originally titled "Le chant de l'amour triomphant: Poeme symphonique pour violon et orchestre" it was subsequently reduced to "Poeme pour violon et orchestre" and finally simply "Poeme".

The Poeme was written for and dedicated to the man who gave its premiere, Eugene Ysaye Although the Poeme was written for one of the greatest virtuosos of his day, it is essentially lyrical in style and focuses on emotional intensity rather than technical pyrotechnics, an approach that reflected Ysaye view that virtuosity should never be an end in itself but, rather, a valuable tool in the violinist's overall technique. It is seamlessly constructed in one movement and demonstrates Chausson's ability to combine complete command of form and structure while allowing the music to sound freely rhapsodic and lyrical.

Of Chausson, one contemporary wrote "all his works exhale a dreamy sensitiveness which is peculiar to him. His music is constantly saying the word 'cher"

In common with his younger contemporary Fauré chamber music runs across Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) sizeable (and now neglected) output - from the often bravura ensemble works of the 1860s and '70s to the autumnal sonatas and character pieces of his last years. In 1885, his First Violin Sonata was written for and dedicated to Martin Marsick - teacher of, among others, Thibaud, Enescu and Flesch. The influence of Liszt is evident in the thematic transformation which operates throughout the piece, as also in the linking of the movements into two complementary pairs - a procedure which Saint-Saëns repeated only in his 'Organ Symphony', written in memory of Liszt the following year.

The darkly sensuous idea which opens the first movement has a fluid, rhythmic profile - in marked contrast with the wistful second theme, which retains its formal outline throughout. There is no development as such, but a modified reprise of the two themes, followed by a sombre coda which tapers away in a poetic transition to the Adagio. The main melody, a beautifully-judged dialogue, treads a fine line between sentimentality and pathos typical of Saint-Saëns. It twice alternates with a more impulsive (though related) idea, and closes in a mood of tranquil tenderness.

The Mendelssohnian scherzo evolves almost entirely from the tripping five-bar phrase with which it begins. Note how, in the brief trio section, the piano continues the underlying rhythm while the violin derives from it a more songful melody. A curtailed reprise, then a passage of pensive anticipation - leading into the finale. The main theme is a brilliant moto perpetuo, culminating in a high-flown melodic gesture. As in the opening movement, these ideas are modified rather than developed as such - working up to a coda which effectively integrates the two and rounds off the whole work in a stream of exhilarating passagework.

Copyright: Richard Whitehouse, 2003
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SHOSTAKOVICH VIOLIN CONCERTO & SONATA (CD & DVD) - Ruth Palmer, violin

SHOSTAKOVICH VIOLIN CONCERTO & SONATA (CD & DVD) - Ruth Palmer, violin
ID: QTZ2045
CDs: 2
Type:
Subcollection: Violin

This unique CD and DVD set features recordings by one of the UK's outstanding young violinists, Ruth Palmer, of two major works for the violin by Dmitri Shostakovich. It also includes a documentary film by Tim Meara, A People's Music, in which Ruth travels to Russia to find out more about the origins of the music and to discover what led Shostakovich to write these two works.

Also included is a documentary film on DVD by Tim Meara, A People's Music, in which Ruth travels to Russia to find out more about the origins of the music and to discover what led Shostakovich to write these two works.


CD:
Shostakovich - Violin Concerto No 1 in A minor Op 77 (Op 99)
Shostakovich - Sonata for Violin & Piano Op 134

Ruth Palmer - Violin
Philharmonia Orchestra
Benjamin Wallfisch - Conductor
Alexei Grynyuk - piano

DVD:
A People's Music
A film by Tim Meara
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FIERCE TEARS - Contemporary Oboe Music- James Turnbull, oboe

FIERCE TEARS - Contemporary Oboe Music- James Turnbull, oboe
ID: QTZ2081
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Oboe

A disc of ground-breaking new works for oboe by the exciting, young oboist James Turnbull

The repertoire on this release has been chosen in a deliberate attempt to assemble works from the past 30 years by British composers that demonstrate the great contrasts possible with the oboe. There are pieces that emphasize stillness and meditation while others focus on the raw emotions of anger and grief.
Contemporary Oboe Music

M. Berkeley:
Fierce Tears I
Second Still Life for Oboe & Harp, world premiere
Fierce Tears II, world premiere

Davies, Maxwell:
First Grace of Light for solo oboe

T. Davies:
Forgotten Game, world premiere
Arabesco, world premiere

J. MacMillan:
In Angustiis II for Solo Oboe, world premiere

C. Matthews:
Night-Spell,world premiere

J. Woolrich:
The Kingdom of Dreams, world premiere
The Turkish Mouse, world premiere
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GRIEG - PIANO MUSIC - Katya Apekisheva, piano

GRIEG - PIANO MUSIC - Katya Apekisheva, piano
ID: QTZ2061
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection:
Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano

This recording is the solo debut disc from Katya Apekisheva for Quartz. Katya has recorded previously for Quartz with Jack Liebeck. Katya has also performed throughout Russia, Italy, Germany, Holland, Israel, Turkey, USA, South Korea, Phillipinnes and in the UK with the following orchestras, London Philharmonic, CBSO, Philharmonia, Halle, Moscow, Philharmonic, and with the following conductors, Alexander Lazarev, David Shallon, Alexander Rudin, and Sir Simon Rattle. Katya will also be playing recitals with Natalie Klein this summer.


HOLBERG SUITE op.40

POETIC TONE-PICTURES op.3

from LYRIC PIECES
Gade, op.57
To spring, op.43
The brook, op.62
At your feet, op.68
Lonely wanderer, op.43
Halling, op.47
Album leaf, op.47
March of the Trolls, op.54
Scherzo, op.54
Homesickness, op.57
Wedding day at Troldhaugen, op.65
Vanished days, op.57
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PIANO CONCERTOS BY BACH, SCHNITTKE & SHOSTAKOVICH - Ksenia Bashmet, piano - Yuri Bashmet, conductor - Moscow Soloists

PIANO CONCERTOS BY BACH, SCHNITTKE & SHOSTAKOVICH - 
Ksenia Bashmet, piano - Yuri Bashmet, conductor - Moscow Soloists
ID: QTZ2060
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Piano

The debut disc of Russian pianist Ksenia Bashmet, rising star and daughter of the legendary viola player and conductor Yuri Bashmet makes her solo debut on Quartz, performing two major 20th century Russian concertos - Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No 1 and Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto for piano & strings - as well as J S Bach's Concerto in D minor, BWV1052 with the acclaimed Moscow Soloists under her father’s baton.

J.S. BACH
Concerto No 1 in D minor for piano and orchestra, BWV 1052

ALFRED SCHNITTKE
Concerto for piano and strings (1979)

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH
Concerto No 1 for piano, trumpet and orchestra, op. 35 (1933)
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Chopin -Etudes Op.10, Op.25 - Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)

Chopin -Etudes Op.10, Op.25 - Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)
ID: MELCD1002108
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection:
Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano

Recorded in 1959 and 1960.

Frédéric Chopin’s etudes are a unique combination of virtuoso technique and artistic supertasks. It is not without reason that no compulsory programme of any international competition can do without them. Each of the etudes is an ‘exercise’ in one of the types of piano technique, while sounding like a bright and image-bearing piece.

The twelve etudes of Op.10 were composed during 1828-1832 and dedicated to Franz Liszt. The twelve etudes of Op.25 were published in 1836. Nearly all pianists of the world have Chopin’s etudes in their repertoire, but only a few of them have the courage to play both of the opuses in their entirety.

Firma Melodiya presents twenty-four etudes by Chopin performed by Vladimir Ashkenazy, one of the greatest pianists of modern times. What makes these recordings especially interesting is that they were made in 1959 by the then 22-year-old pianist. With his world triumphs still ahead (although Ashkenazy had received a second prize at the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw and won the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels), Ashkenazy’s pianism already appears in full possession of virtuosic and artistic mastery.

“The young pianist is not just an owner of phenomenally deft, strong and superbly trained fingers, he also proficiently wields a diverse and beautiful palette of piano sounds”, wrote one of the reviewers in those days.


Chopin:
Etudes (12), Op. 10
Etudes (12), Op. 25

Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)
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Samuel FEINBERG, piano - Robert Schumann

Samuel FEINBERG, piano - Robert Schumann
ID: CR169
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection:
Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano

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LEOPOLD GODOSKY - PHONORAMAS - SAINT-SAËNS - MACABRE - Carl Petersson, piano

LEOPOLD GODOSKY - PHONORAMAS - SAINT-SAËNS - MACABRE - Carl Petersson, piano
ID: CDA1671-2
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection:
Instrumental
Subcollection: Piano

For the genesis of Java Suite we have to go back to 1920. Godowsky was 50, at the height of his fame as a pianiast and a composer, and about to enter the most hectic decade of his life. He had recently made New York his base, he was married with four children and his hands were insured for one million dollars. The Nerw York Times has dubbed him 'a pianist for pianists' as Shelly is 'a poet for poets'. After a two year tour to exotic places such as Mexico, Japan, Hong Hong, Shanghai, Singapore and Java he started composing the first of his Phonoramas and naming them Java Suite.
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