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"Mozart was a keen observer of mankind, and boundlessly empathetic, but what he expressed in his music is us, not himself," said scholar Cliff Eisen, who is quoted in the the liner notes for this new recording by violinist Tomás Cotik and pianist Tao Lin of the complete Sonatas for Violin and Piano by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Cotik, a soloist who also teaches violin at Portland State University, also has recorded a number of other albums with Lin, including Astor Piazzolla: Legacy as well as several Schubert sonata albums, for which shared many of his insights on his Violinist.com blog. BELOW: Tomás Cotik and Tao Lin play Mozart's Sonata in A major, Op. I, KV 305 (293d), I. Allegro di molto.
Violinist Judith Ingolfsson and pianist Vladimir Stoupel present a program of works by Poulenc, Ferroud, and Ravel. As a duo, they specialize in performances and recordings of repertoire ranging from the traditional to the unjustly forgotten or neglected, with a special focus on music of the 20th Century. BELOW: A short film about the Duo Ingolfsson-Stoupel, produced in Berlin at the Institut Français by ShimSham films.
Following his 2001 album of works by Arne Nordheim, Norwegian violinist Peter Herresthal and BIS have collaborated on the project, "A String of Releases" – recordings of contemporary violin concertos, in several cases written especially for Herresthal. Featured composers so far have been Olav Anton Thommessen, Henrik Hellstenius and Ørjan Matre – all from Norway – as well as Thomas Adès and Per Nørgård. Utterly fearless in his approach to these complex works, Herresthal has received recognition for his recordings, earning a Spellemannprisen (the ‘Norwegian Grammy’) as well as being shortlisted for a Gramophone Award. The present, amply-filled addition to Nerresthal’s "string" features the composers Rolf Wallin (b. 1957) and Eivind Buene (b. 1973). Wallin – one of Scandinavia’s leading composers – has for Herresthal made a version of Under City Skin, his 2009 concerto for viola and ensemble. The work is a poetic and sonic journey through an imaginary cityscape, with the solo violin and the string orchestra playing off and with a pre-recorded soundtrack. Buene’s Violin Concerto was also conceived with Herresthal in mind. With suggestive individual titles – Falling Angels, Sound Asleep and Among Voices – its three movements are each scored for a different combination of chamber orchestral forces. They can be played separately, but together they form a haunting triptych of melancholy and memory. BELOW: A track from the album, Violin Concerto by Eivind Buene: I. Falling Angels
"Intuition" was conceived by cellist Gautier Capuçon to "reflect the story of my life and follow the various stages in my emotional development," bringing together works by Saint-Saens, Faure, Massenet, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Elgar, with newer music by Astor Piazzolla, the Italian cellist Giovanni Sollima, and the pianist, Jerome Ducros, who also appears on the album. '‘Since childhood, intuition has guided me on my journey through the cello landscape. Before horsehair vibrates across strings, before technique and training kick in; music begins with intuition," Capuçon said. BELOW: "'Salut d'amour' is like smiling with my cello,' says Gautier Capuçon.BELOW: Gautier Capuçon plays "Salut d'amour," which "is like smiling with my cello," he said.
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