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The third release in the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas from James Ehnes and Andrew Armstrong was eagerly awaited by their fans. The earlier albums received outstanding reviews. Gramophone said: ‘ With some discs, you can just tell that everything’s going to go like a dream’. On the new album we get to listen to the popular ‘Spring’ sonata #5. It is framed by the interesting 4th sonata and the good-natured 8th. An early Beethoven Rondo and a set of German Dances complete the generous program. Here is the wonderful Spring Sonata from this album:
Brahms’ second Intermezzo in B-flat minor, Andante non troppo e con molto espressione, possesses a kind of sorrow, and it displays a more reflective mood. One may associate this piece with the diffuse glow of moonlight through the clouds at night. The music symbolizes a person’s sigh and the lingering melody at the end conveys a sense of death. This Music was composed in the late 1800’s and Brahms in fact died in Vienna on April 3, 1897. I have so many favorite compositions for solo piano and this is surely one of them as played by the incomparable Grigory
I have been a long-time admirer of violinist Nicola Benedetti. Her playing is direct, always supremely confident, and totally musical. The Elgar concerto is historic in that it was a young Yehudi Menuhin who travelled to England to present its premier performance, In reviewing this recording, The Guardian wrote: ”Benedetti’s vibrant, beefy full-throttle tone is made for the concerto, and she’s an assertive soloist, never disappearing into the glowing textures the London Philharmonic weaves around her. Vladimir Jurowski conducts with a clear eye on the work’s huge dimensions, and Benedetti, too, shapes the violin’s restless music into long, sinewy paragraphs.“
Helene Grimaud was born in 1969 in Aix-en-Provence, France, and She began her piano studies at the local conservatory with Jacqueline Courtin before going on to work with Pierre Barbizet in Marseille. She was accepted into the Paris Conservatoire at just 13 and won first prize in piano performance just three years later. She continued to study with György Sándor and Leon Fleisher until, in 1987, she gave her well-received debut recital in Tokyo. That same year, renowned conductor Daniel Barenboim invited her to perform with the Orchestre de Paris: this marked the launch of Grimaud’s musical career, characterised ever since
Mozart loved the clarinet and was one of the first composers to include it in the standard orchestral configuration of his symphonic works. The expressive warmth of its middle and low registers, its wide range, ability to make quick and powerful crescendos and decrescendos – much more so than other woodwind instruments – rendered the clarinet ideal in Mozart’s eyes for chamber music with strings. It was clarinetist Anton Stadler, who inspired Mozart to think of the clarinet as more than merely a voice in the texture of orchestral sound. Mozart originally wrote his Clarinet Quintet, in late 1789. One
Every portrait of Beethoven seems to drive home the impression that he was a composer whose music was emotional, often sad, brooding, and passionate. And while that was certainly the case, the masterful Emperor Concerto is proof of the tenderness and beauty that runs like a thread through this great man’s music. At the time of writing this concerto, Beethoven was very much straddling the divide between the Classical and Romantic periods. The work itself seems to be breaking out of conventional boundaries – almost as if a new kind of music is being born. The sheer length of the
There are times when a recording from many years ago needs to be re-visited. Today we have for you violist Pinchas Zukerman playing the Arpeggione Sonata by Franz Schubert. Mr. Zukerman was born in Tel Aviv in 1948, and he came to America in 1962 where he studied at The Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian. He has been awarded the Medal of Arts, the Isaac Stern Award for Artistic Excellence and was appointed as the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative’s first instrumentalist mentor in the music discipline. Pinchas Zukerman’s extensive discography contains over 100 titles, and has earned him 2
Today, for the first time, I listened to pianist Jan Lisiecki. I was amazed at the range of emotion and passion that this pianist was capable of eliciting from the instrument. Jan Lisiecki was born on March 23, 1995, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. His parents are of Polish descent, a heritage that he’s embraced with many trips back to his mother country to visit family and perform. Jan developed a high level of emotional maturity at a young age. Even as a child, he rebuffed excessive praise, projecting an air of modesty unmatched in those who are much older than
Fazıl Say was born in 1970. He was a child prodigy, who was able to do basic arithmetic with 4-digit numbers at the age of two. At the age of three, Say started his piano lessons under the tutelage of pianist Mithat Fenmen. Say wrote his first piece – a piano sonata – in 1984, at the age of fourteen, when he was a student at the Conservatory of his home town of Ankara, Turkey. It was followed, in this early phase of his development, by several chamber works for violin and piano and a guitar concerto. He subsequently designated as
By the time Yuja Wang graduated from the Curtis Institute in 2008, she had already gained momentum following the spectacular success of her debut three years earlier with the National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa. Ms. Wang attracted widespread international attention in March 2007 when she replaced Martha Argerich on short notice in performances of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and within the span of just a few seasons she was working with conductors of the highest caliber. Here is Yuja Wang to play for your something unusual: