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"Why compose violin and orchestra rhapsodies after Tchaikovsky’s opera and ballet music?" said violinist Guy Braunstein. "It all started because of jealousy... A few years ago, I was conducting Eugene Onegin. While rehearsing the Letter Scene, I found myself envying Tatjana so much. I just couldn’t help it. I ran to my hotel afterwards, took out the violin and started playing Tatjana’s part. Then again. The next day I modified it and started making it suitable for virtuoso violin. I remember that the great Leopold Auer did that with Tchaikovsky’s music. After all, he was the dedicatee of all Tchaikovsky wrote for the violin. " BELOW: Guy Braunstein plays Valse-scherzo, Op. 34.
The Calder Quartet invites you on a journey from early to late Beethoven, passing through a contemporary piece by Swedish composer Anders Hillborg along the way. Beethoven’s Op. 131 string quartet, that concludes this album, is already a great adventure in its own right, with its seven movements full of fugal writing, harmonic explorations, variations and passages filled with operatic drama. Hearing this late masterpiece together with the much more classical, but equally lively, Op. 18 no. 3 quartet opens our ears to the exceptional richness of Beethoven’s musical universe. Hillborg’s Kongsgaard Variations reveals unexpected sonic relationships to Beethoven’s variation technique, underlining the modernity of the older composer.BELOW: The Calder Quartet performs Beethoven's String Quartet in D Major, Op. 18 No. 3: I. Allegro
Cellist Hee-Young Lim's debut album includes the Milhaud Cello Concerto No. 1, Saint-Saëns and Lalo cello concertos and other pieces such as a cello version of Meditation from Thais. BELOW: Hee-Young Lim talks about her debut album:
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