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Augusta McKay Lodge, winner of the 2015 Juilliard Historical Performance Concerto Competition, explores rare unaccompanied violin music from the time of Bach on this debut album. "Although today we think of Bach as being a lone figure in composing for the unaccompanied violin, his work actually grew out of a long-standing tradition going as far back (and further!) as 17th century Biber’s iconic Passacaglia from the Mystery Sonatas," Lodge said. "Bach could well have heard many performances of such works, and indeed personally knew some of these composers such as Pisendel (featured on the album). These are hidden gems that deserve to hold a place in the current canon of works." The album features solo violin works by Biber, Locatelli and Pisendel, as well as lesser-known composers Nicola Matteis and Thomas Baltzar. BELOW: Augusta McKay Lodge performs Alia fantasia, by Nicola Matteis:
"For his debut solo album, Roman Simovic, Leader of the London Symphony Orchestra, showcases his virtuosity and innate musicality, navigating the technical and artistic challenges of Paganini's 24 Caprices for solo violin. While intended to improve and strengthen technique, they are more commonly used to separate the wheat from the chaff with demanding high-speed passages that push players to their limits. With its fast scales and arpeggios, double and triple stops, and left-hand pizzicato, the final caprice is widely considered one of the most technically challenging violin pieces ever written. It was Paganini's final published work for solo violin."BELOW: Not from the album, but here is a 2008 performance by Roman Simovic of Paganini Caprice No. 10:
Winners of the ARD international Competition in 2013, the French Trio Karénine performs trios by Fauré, Ravel and Tailleferre in this album. BELOW: Excerpts from the album:
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