Musística: Hamelin plays Schumann & Janacek

via Musística: Hamelin plays Schumann & Janacek.

Release date: June 6th, 2014

Marc-André Hamelin

Marc-André Hamelin

“Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin presents a fascinating juxtaposition of two composers who are not obviously musically related, but who are proved on this album to be a felicitous combination. Schumann’s Kinderszenen is a masterpiece and a staple of the concert repertoire. Each piece is as deftly and exquisitely crafted as anything in his more outwardly sophisticated mode. Waldszenen is another collection of miniatures, and Schumann’s last major cycle for solo piano. This deeply Romantic work is no objective foray into the woods, but a very personal reaction to an imagined landscape. Over half a century separates Waldszenen from the first book of Janacek s On the overgrown path. Janacek’s subject matter is darker and the piano writing is more treacherous, but the result is one of the composer’s most profound and disturbing compositions.” *
* [Amazon Editorial]

Playlist
1 Hamelin plays Janáček – On an Overgrown Path (excerpts, Part 1) Audio + Sheet music
2 Schumann – Waldszenen, Op. 82 (Maria João Pires)
3 Schumann Kinderszenen Op 15 – Valentina Lisitsa
4 Marc-André Hamelin Plays Chopin‘s “Minute Waltz”
   

Schumann: Kinderszenen, Waldszenen; Janacek: On the Overgrown Path - Book I Title Schumann: Kinderszenen, Waldszenen; Janacek: On the Overgrown Path – Book I
Artists Marc-André Hamelin, Leoš Janáček, Robert Schumann, Marc-Andre Hamelin (piano)
Binding Audio CD
Label Hyperion
Release date 2014-06-10

Musística: Yundi Li plays Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5

via Musística: Yundi Li plays Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5.

Release date: May 6, 2014

Yundi Li

Yundi Li

“The Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, by Ludwig van Beethoven, popularly known as the Emperor Concerto, was his last piano concerto and was written between 1809 and 1811 in Vienna, and was dedicated to Archduke Rudolf, Beethoven’s patron and pupil. Its duration is approximately forty minutes.” *
* [Wikipedia]
“… the recording is fabulous. Yundi Li, the brilliant young Chinese pianist … has proved a technically astounding pianist who is by turns elegant and rambunctious, coolly expressive and white-hot.” *
* [Amazon review]

Playlist
1 Yundi LiBeethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor”
2 Yundi LiSchumann Fantasie Op.17 (1st movement)
3 Schumann – Fantasy op. 17 – 2nd. mov. – Nelson Freire – (Live at Sao Paulo Municipal Theatre, december 2011.
   

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 Title Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5
Artists Ludwig van Beethoven, Yundi Li, Daniel Harding, Berliner Philharmoniker
Binding Audio CD
Label Deutsche Grammophon
Release date 2014-05-13

Musística: Jeanne Lamon plays The Baroque Virtuoso

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Release date: May 27, 2014

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

Tafelmusik, Canada’s award-winning period instrument orchestra, was founded in 1979 and has long been renowned in North America and internationally for its distinct, exhilarating and soulful performances.
Under the outstanding leadership of Music Director Jeanne Lamon, C.M., it has excelled equally in music ranging from
the baroque and classical eras and beyond.
This Special Edition CD was selected by Jeanne Lamon, and features her in virtuoso concertos from 1991 to 2011 for Sony Classical and Analekta – to be released in this special commemorative edition on the Tafelmusik Media label.
This will be Jeanne Lamon’s final year as full-time Music Director of Tafelmusik, and this CD is in celebration of her exceptional 3-decade leadership.*
* [www.tafelmusik.org/]

Playlist
1 Tafelmusik: The Galileo Project; Vivaldi Concerto for 2 Violins, allegro and largo – Released on DVD in 2012 – This segment features Jeanne Lamon, Julia Wedman, and Geneviève Gilardeau.
2 Bach – Concerto for Two Violins, Strings, and Basso continuo in D Minor BWV1043 – Mov 3/3 – Allegro – Performed by Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, and Linda Melsted, violin; Conducted by Jeanne Lamon
3 Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber – Partia V – TafelmusikJeanne Lamon.
4 Interview with Tafelmusik’s Jeanne Lamon & Bruno Weil: Beethoven Symphonies 7 & 8
   


Musística: Iván Erőd: Works for Violin

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Release date: May 27, 2014

Thomas Albertus Irnberger

Thomas Albertus Irnberger

Born in 1936 in Budapest, Iván Eröd began his musical education in 1951 at the Academy of Music in Budapest, where among other things, he attended the lecture “Hungarian Folk Music” by Zoltan Kodaly. In 1956 he emigrated to Vienna, where in 1960 he received the Austrian citizenship, and in 1961 he studied piano and composition at the Vienna Music Academy. In the 1960s he performed as a pianist in Europe and the Middle East, worked as a coach at the Vienna State Opera, and in 1975 he lectured and was a professor of composition and music theory at the Musikhochschule in Graz. From 1988 Eröd was a visiting professor of music theory at the Vienna Academy of Music.
He has received numerous promotion and appreciation awards and was honored in December 2001 with the Great Silver Cross of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria.
Eröd Ivan has been among the most frequently performed contemporary composers in Austria.
By his mid-twenties, Thomas Albertus Irnberger was already recognized as one of Austria’s foremost violinists. While he has expressed a passion for the violin works of J.S. Bach and has often programmed them in concert, he is best known on recordings for his interpretations of the sonatas and concertos of Mozart, and for various works by Schubert, Schumann, and Brahms.

Playlist
1 Iván Erőd: 2nd Sonata for violin and piano op. 74 (2000) – Sigrid Praesent, violin; Edda Koenig, piano
2 Iván Erőd Viola Concerto movement 1 played by Toby Appel with the MusicaNova Orchestra – Ivan Eröd's Viola Concerto was written in 1980 and is one of the most appealing of concertos for the instrument. Performed here on March 15 2009.
3 Iván Erőd: Das Karussell (Milchzahnlieder) – Barbara Zamek-Gliszczyńska, soprano; Lech Napierała, pianist
4 Béla Bartók Romanian Folk Dances – Thomas Albertus Irnberger Violin, Jörg Demus Piano – Vienna 2013
   

Iván Eröd: Works for Violin Title Iván Eröd: Works for Violin
Artists Thomas Albertus Irnberger, Iván Erőd, Martin Sieghart, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Michael Korstick
Binding Audio CD
Label Gramola
Release date 2014-05-27

Musística: Ross Harris: Symphony No. 4 and Cello Concerto

via Musística: Ross Harris: Symphony No. 4 and Cello Concerto.

Release date: May 27, 2014

Li-Wei Qin

Li-Wei Qin

“Commissioned by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Ross Harris’s Fourth Symphony is a tribute to and a portrait of poet and songwriter Mahinrangi Tocker. Her movingly evocative words and songs serve as references for each movement, while a solo viola increasingly takes on her character and personality. The Cello Concerto was inspired by the brilliant playing of cellist Li-Wei Qin, its single continuous movement a dramatic dark-to-light journey filled with rich singing lines and extravagant virtuosity.” *
* [Amazon.uk Review]

Playlist
1 A landscape with too few lovers by Ross Harris – Commissioned by the Wallace foundation, this work is part of Stephen de Pledge’s Landscape’s Prelude project. All 12 works in this series were performed for the first time at the New Zealand International Arts Festival on 27 February 2008.
2 NZTrio performs Ross Harris Senryu – Recorded September 2007
3 Rachmaninov Cello Sonata in G minor 1st movement by Li-Wei Qin
4 Mission Impossible – The 4cellists – Young Song, Claes Gunnarsson, Li-Wei Qin, Joel Marosi
   

Ross Harris: Symphony No. 4 & Cello Concerto Title Ross Harris: Symphony No. 4 & Cello Concerto
Artists Li-Wei Qin, Ross Harris, Brett Dean, Garry Walker, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Robert Ashworth
Binding Audio CD
Label Naxos
Release date 2014-05-27