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Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, Symphony No.5, Hebrides Overture
Isabelle Faust, violin
Freiburger Barockorchester; Pablo Heras-Casado, conducting
Violinist Isabelle Faust set about finding the original intentions of the composer in this new recording of Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, going back to the writings of the early violinists who played it, including dedicatee Ferdinand David as well as Joseph Joachim, who played the piece at age 14 under Mendelssohn's baton. Below: excerpts from her performance as well as thoughts from Isabelle Faust:
This is the fourth in a series of recordings of Mozart Violin Sonatas series by violinist Alina Ibragimova and pianist Cédric Tiberghien. This volume includes eight sonatas and a set of variations, works written by Mozart between ages 7 and 26, among them an unfinished present composed for his new wife Constanze. Below: excerpts from K303, 377, 378 & 403:
This recording features Haydn's two cello concertos; C.P.E Bach's Cello Concerto in A major; Mozart's Geme la tortorella from La finta giardiniera and the Adagio from Boccherini's Cello Concerto in G major G480. Below, an excerpt from the first movement of Haydn's famous Cello Concerto in C major, among other excerpts:
Matt Haimovitz performs the world premiere of new cello music of Philip Glass, his Partita No.2 for Solo Cello. The recording also includes Glass's Partita No. 1 for Solo Cello "Songs & Poems." Glass, in speaking about the creation of these Partitas for cello, has cited his intense study of Bach with his mentor Nadia Boulanger; and how that "re-wired" his brain. Below: excerpt from Partita No. 2 for Solo Cello, played by cellist Matt Haimovitz and the composer.
The Ebony Quartet consists of musicians from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. For many years they have formed the string nucleus of the Ebony Band, while also performing regularly as a quartet. They have devoted themselves to the rediscovery and rehabilitation of music from the Interwar period that was unknown, forgotten or considered lost.
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