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Chamber Music, page 30

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J.Hoffmann, G.F. Giuliani - Music for violin and mandolin from the 18th century, Ensemble Baschenis

J.Hoffmann, G.F. Giuliani - Music for violin and mandolin from the 18th century, Ensemble Baschenis
ID: CNT2059
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Historical Instruments

Booklet: Italiano / English

* Performing instruments: violin, Lombard mandolin, cello, theorbo
** Performing instruments: violin, Neapolitan mandolin, cello, theorbo

The Violin and the Mandolin, accomplices and rivals: in the field of musical literature of XVIII and XIX centuries, many violinists and composers who knew the mandolin - such as Vivaldi, Van Hall, Beethoven, Calace, Giuliani, Hoffman and many others - transposed their knowledge from one instrument to the other: the bow's beats turned into strokes of the plectrum, while arpeggios, double string chords and virtuosities began to be used very frequently. Asort of expressive complicity or even a strong rivalry between the violin and the mandolin can be due to many factors: the simple possibility of passing from one instrument to another, the use of a similar virtuoso technique and the presence of an analogous instrumental idiom. Complicity comes from the rules of their common language, while rivalry is caused by the attempt to take the lead and to fascinate the listener.
Giovanni Francesco Giuliani was a violinist, a harpist, master of harpsichord and singing; what is clearly evident is that the composer had a particular skill and a rich inspiration in making the instruments talk together, thus obtaining the most of their timbre's variety and their technical and expressive possibilities. This recording proposes the even numbered Quartets no. 2, no.4 and no.6.
Very little is known about Giovanni Hoffmann, but it's sure that at the end of XVIII century he was one of the top virtuosi upon the mandolin. Herewith performed the Divertimenti number 3 and 4.
The Ensemble Baschenis took the manuscripts of the Quartets directly from Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna and edited them directly from the microfilm.
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IVANA GAVRIĆ - IN THE MISTS - Janáček - Schubert - Liszt - Rachmaninov

IVANA GAVRIĆ - IN THE MISTS - Janáček - Schubert - Liszt - Rachmaninov
ID: CHRCD009
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music

A stunning new solo release from young pianist, Ivana Gavric, taking its title from the featured Janáček work, In The Mists.

Mid-2010 marks a double debut for Sarajevo-born In The Mists pianist, Ivana Gavrić, who will play at the Wigmore Hall for her first solo recital there, and in association with Champs Hill Records, release her first CD, In The Mists.

Moving to London in 1992 at the start of the Bosnian War, Ivana, the daughter of a pianist and then aged 12, studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Cambridge University, and the Royal College of Music.

About her, Musical Opinion recently wrote: ‘Outstandingly successful in every regard… flawless performance... a young artist who is destined for the highest rank.’

This new CD, recorded recently in the Music Room at Champs Hill (from where the label takes its name), takes its title from the featured Janáček work.

About the programme, Ivana says: "The Schubert is a core around which I have constructed the programme - I have always felt comfortable playing works of Classical construction, and the A minor Sonata (D784) opens with a Slavic tint which, to me, foretells Mussorgsky. I find it important to create a journey for both the audience, and myself, that shows all the aspects of my musical personality; the introspective and haunting images in Janáček’s ‘In the Mists’ conveys this, while the Rachmaninov pieces add passion and lyricism.”

Also featured on this CD, are Liszt’s stunningly melodic Petrarch Sonnets, bringing the playing time to just over 73 minutes.
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Johannes Brahms - Chamber Music - The Schubert Ensemble - William Howard

Johannes Brahms - Chamber Music - The Schubert Ensemble - William Howard
ID: CHRCD011
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Piano

“As with so much in Brahms' life, the genesis of his Piano Quintet, op.34, was fraught with indecision and introspection...” Brahms first wrote this work scored for string quintet, and after taking to heart criticism from Joachim, he not only re-scored the work for two pianos, but destroyed the original string quintet manuscript. Published in 1874, this new du version was not without problems, and it was Clara Schumann who pointed these out, causing Brahms to set about re-arranging the music once more, this time for piano quintet.
This was no simple re-scoring, for the piano quintet medium has unique demands, but, at last, “Brahms had found the medium through which his material could speak most eloquently.” It is the quintet in this final guise that we know it best, and that the Schubert Ensemble deliver here on this recording in an assured and expressive performance, allowing the sophisticated detail of Brahms' writing to throw us into the depths of emotion he conjures up.
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PIERNÉ- LOEFFLER - DURUFLÉ- William Dazeley - London Conchord Ensemble

PIERNÉ- LOEFFLER - DURUFLÉ- William Dazeley - London Conchord Ensemble
ID: CHRCD010
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Chamber Ensemble

The London Conchord Ensemble are joined on this disc by the baritone William Dazeley, presenting a seductive collection of fascinating chamber works and songs written by three major 20th Century French chamber music composers.Sensual and intimate, these works epitomise these works epitomise the music of early 20th-century France, with their fluid lines and unusual textures, sensitively captured here by Conchord.

Though born in Berlin, Charles Loeffler claimed to hail from Alsace, so strongly did he identify with the French aesthetic. His Five Songs set poetry by French poets Baudelaire and Verlaine, and his musical style recalls Franck, Chausson and Debussy. Add to this a Russian sense of instrumental colour, and the result is a fascinating concoction of expressive and of expressive and evocative musical elements. Pierné's Sonata Da Camera is reminiscent of Debussy's seminal Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp in its poignant colours and intricatetextures, while Duruflé's Prélude Recitatif et Variations reveals a different style from that of his Variations reveals a different style from that of his famous Requiem in writing that recalls Ravel.
Throughout this disc, Conchord plays with an effortless grace and flair, a finesse that perfectly, a finesse that perfectly communicates this exquisite selection of music.
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Favoured Fantasies - David W.Bowerman

Favoured Fantasies - David W.Bowerman
ID: CHRCD015
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Piano and Cello

Champs Hill Records is delighted to release this disc of some of the best works by David Bowerman; chamber music recorded in the intimate & refreshing atmosphere of the Music Room at Champs Hill.

Collated from compositions written over the last five years, this CD features a number of well-known and up-and-coming artists. The flautist Daniel Pailthorpe is well known as a key part of the London Conchord Ensemble as well as the Principal Flute of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Ittai Shapira is a well-respected violinist and regular concerto soloist in the USA and the UK, and Diana Galvydyte is fast establishing a secure reputation as an exceptional young violinist.

David Bowerman (b. 1936) is one of the most recent cause célébres in British music. He gave up early dreams of being involved in music in order to run the family farm, returning to his first love after his retirement. Coming late to the world of composition, he nonetheless demonstrates most original and inventive thoughts, written in a tonal style akin to a range across Dvorak, Elgar and Delius; English composers forming much of his inspiration.
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Mikhail Voskresensky, piano - W. A. Mozart, Vol. 10

Mikhail Voskresensky, piano - W. A. Mozart, Vol. 10
ID: CR143
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Piano

Recorded live at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire on April 19, 2010

1 - 6 Mikhail Voskresensky, piano
1 - 6 Stanislav Igolinsky, piano
4 - 6 Anastasia Gamaley, piano
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Mikhail Voskresensky, piano - W. A. Mozart Vol. 8

Mikhail Voskresensky, piano - W. A. Mozart Vol. 8
ID: CR141
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Piano

Mikhail Voskresensky is one of Russia's leading pianists. He is the winner of four international piano competitions (Schumann in Berlin, in Rio de Janeiro, George Enescu in Bucharest, and Van Cliburn in Fort Worth, Texas). In 1966 he was honoured with the Merited Artist of Russia award and in 1989, the People's Artist of Russia. Mikhail Voskresensky has extensive concert experience. His performances has been recorded and issued on more than 50 CDs. His performing art is well known and favored by the audiences worldwide. He is the only pianist in Russia to perform all of Chopin's piano compositions during one concert season (in 1982-83, in nine recitals in the Maly Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire). Mikhail Voskresensky graduated from the Moscow Conservatoire where he studied under Ilia Klyachko, Boris Zemliansky, Yakob Milstein, Lev Oborin (piano) and Leonid Roizman (organ). As student of the famous Lev Oborin, the winner of the First Chopin's Competition in 1927, Voskresensky adopted his teacher's refined romanticism, and perfect taste in harmony with the piano's splendid sound. The images evoked by his playing suggest contrasting musical colours, never out of harmony, with a charming legato inducing the instrument to sing. "His playing fascinates audiences with its artistry, cordiality and ingeniousness. Mikhail Voskresensky is a very talented and intelligent musician", Oborin wrote about his pupil. Voskresensky's repertoire includes Beethoven's 32 sonatas, all works of Chopin, and 64 piano concertos. He has performed with orchestras under the direction of more than 150 conductors, among them - Charles Dutoit, John Pritchard, Franz Konwitschny, Kurt Masur, Eugeny Svetlanov, Kirill Kondrashin etc. Since 2007, he is involved in a project of recording all Mozart piano concerti with Pavel Slobodkin Centre Symphony orchestra in cooperation with the conductor Leonid Nikolaev. After Mr. Nikolaev's death, the project was taken up by the conductor Konstantin Masliuk. On this CD, the eigth in this cycle, Concerti no. 3, 6, and 25 are represented (recorded live from a concert in Maly Hall of the Moscow Conservatory). Mikhail Voskresensky began his pedagogical activities at the Moscow Conservatoire in 1959. For 8 years, he was an assistant to Professor Lev Oborin; since 1963 he has his own class. At present, Professor Voskresensky is the Head of piano chair at the Moscow Conservatoire. His pupils have won 112 prizes in international competitions, among them 49 gold medals. He has participated as juror for many major international competitions. He continues to be Chairman of the Jury for the Scriabin International Competition in Moscow. Mikhail Voskresensky is the President of the Scriabin International Society, and Guest Professor in the Toho Gakuen School in Tokyo. Professor Voskresensky gives numerous master classes in Russia and abroad.
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O. Respighi - Quartetto della Scala - Claudio Voghera, piano - Violin Sonata in B minor - Six piaces for violin and piano

O. Respighi - Quartetto della Scala - Claudio Voghera, piano - Violin Sonata in B minor - Six piaces for violin and piano
ID: CNT2060
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Quartet

This is the first CD our label Concerto dedicates to this great Italian composer, Ottorino Respighi, of international fame.
The String Quartet (Quartetto Dorico) was begun and finished in 1924; in that same year the composer was nominated Director of the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia.
In a single tempo, the work is built around a single theme, which the string quartet introduces in unison. Within the movement, the traditional, four sections of a quartet can be discerned - Introduction, Scherzo, Adagio, Finale - in each, the theme is developed taking full advantage of the resources offered by counterpoint: from the choral of the Introduction, to the concluding fugato in the Scherzo up to the passacaglia in the Finale. Respighi's perfect quartet scripture certainly owes a lot to his experience as violist.
Even if the date in which the Sonata was begun is uncertain, it is known when it was completed: August 1917; in fact the composer wrote to his wife, his former pupil Elsa Olivieri Sangiacomo: «I have finished the Sonata for violin and piano and I am very pleased with it ».
The piece is articulated in three tempos: 1. Moderato; 2. Andante espressivo; 3. Passacaglia: Allegro moderato ma energico. Following the first movement in classic sonata form with two themes, the first in the tonic, and the second in the relative major, a slow tripartite tempo opens with two extreme sections which unwind in a singing style and with delicacy, in contrast to the agitated central section. But it is the concluding Passacaglia that stands out, shining the preceding sections thanks to a rythmic andamento, which "echoes" the Russian maestros of the end of the 19th century to whom Respighi was often attracted.
The CD is completed by the Six Pieces for Violin and Piano composed between 1901 and 1905, and being for the most part ‘adaptations' of works originally intended for other instruments, these pieces show their experimental nature in their genesis. For example the Aria, the first to appear, was composed in Saint Petersburg, where Respighi kept company with Rimskij Korsakov - and was originally a page written for strings and organ, while the Leggenda and the Berceuse were originally pieces for violin and orchestra and for string ensemble, respectively, and dated to 1902, when the composer was studying with Reger in Berlin. Melodia, also from 1902, is the only piece which right from the beginning was intended for violin and piano. As far as the Valse caressante and the Serenata (1904-1905) are concerned, the first refers to a work for piano and the second to a number from the opera Re Enzo.
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UNITED STATES: LIFE MUSIC 2 - The Ying Quartet

UNITED STATES: LIFE MUSIC 2 - The Ying Quartet
ID: QTZ2055
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Quartet

This CD features newly commissioned works by some of America's leading composers with the aim of producing "a collection of string quartets that connects the music we make with the American experience and issues of our time".

The second volume of the Ying Quartet's accalaimed LifeMusic series.

The Ying Quartet

Ned Rorem
United States - Seven Viewpoints for String Quartet

August Read Thomas
Eagle at Sunrise

Chen Yi
At the Kansas City Chinese New Year Concert

Jennifer Higdon
Southern Harmony

William Bolcolm
Three Rags
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Roman Mints plays Langer, Mozetich and Schnittke- Mikel Toms, conductor

Roman Mints plays Langer, Mozetich and Schnittke- Mikel Toms, conductor
ID: QTZ2052
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: String instruments

Affairs of the Heart
Concerto for violin and string orchestra
Marjan Mozetich
Platch
for violin and string orchestra
Elena Langer
Concerto for Three
for violin, viola, cello and chamber orchestra
Alfred Schnittke
BONUS TRACK (Hard copy CD only - not download)
Sometimes It Rains
for violin and electronics
Ed Bennett

Roman Mints, violin
Maxim Rysanov, viola
Kristine Blaumane, cello
New Prague Sinfonia
West Kazakhstan Philharmonic Orchestra
Mikel Toms, conductor
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