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Serbian violinist and violist Nemanja Radulovic performs Tchaikovky's Violin Concerto, the piece he has played most often during his career. He also plays viola in the Rococo Variations, originally for cello but arranged for viola and string ensemble. BELOW: an excerpt from the beginning of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto:
Nordic folk music is the focus of this new album by the Danish String Quartet. For example, the piece "Fästan" takes off from an unusual Christmas hymn, "Now found is the fairest of roses," published in 1732 by Danish theologian and poet H.A. Brorson. The hymn is set to a mysterious, dark melody: Brorson had chosen an old Lutheran funeral choral to accompany his Christmas hymn, elegantly showing how life and death are always connected. "From here we embark on a travel through the rich fauna of Nordic folk melodies until returning to Brorson in the end," read the program notes. "It is a journey that could have been made in many different ways, but we believe that we returned with some nice souvenirs."
After traveling for 30 days all over his home country Australia, playing the Bach Suites for students, Parkinson’s sufferers, church-goers, shoppers and more, cellist Richard Narroway, 26, created this recording of all the suites. "Bachabout" became a term Narroway used to describe his journey, comparing it with the "walkabout," the Aboriginal rite of passage during which young indigenous Australians venture into the wilderness on a spiritual quest. BELOW: Scenes and sounds from that journey.
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