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Vilde Frang and pianist Michail Lifits perform works by these two violinist-composers: "Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840) was the living legend, a celebrity who revolutionized the violin. Franz Schubert (1797-1828) was a modest genius, achieving little recognition in his lifetime and yet is now acknowledged, amongst many other things, as the greatest song composer of all time, who dramatized hundreds of poems into most compelling musical storytelling," Frang wrote in her notes about the album. Both found inspiration for their violin works in the human voice. BELOW: Frang performs Grand Caprice, Op. 26, after Schubert's "Der Erlkönig."
In celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth, the Miró Quartet is releasing all 16 of Beethoven's quartets in an 8-disc box set. "Over the last two decades, we have been lucky enough to perform this complete cycle in many different venues around the world, and it is undeniable that the experience of sharing this great musical journey with a live audience has been one of the most impactful experiences of our lives, one that has changed us as artists and as people," said violinist Daniel Ching. "This project has enabled us to explore the mystery and beauty of these works down to the tiniest detail. But the nature of this great music is that there is always more in it to discover, there is always a new way to hear it, feel it, play it, know it." In concert, the Miró is currently completing a year-long Beethoven string quartet cycle as part of an artist residency at Chamber Music Northwest. BELOW: Miró Quartet performs Op. 95 ("Serioso") in 2015, as part of complete Beethoven string quartet cycle at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall:
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