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"The music of this album is linked together by the themes of memory, culture, and identity," writes violinist Patrick Yim. The album includes solo violin works by composers Chen Yi, Kai-Young Chan, Yao Chen, Austin Yip, and Michael-Thomas Foumai. "This album represents a milestone in my lifelong journey as a musician in which the championing of new works by contemporary composers through commissions and performances has been a focal point. I commissioned and premiered four works on this album (Chan, Yip, Yao, and Foumai) and my inspiring work with living composers continues." BELOW: Patrick Yim performs Chen Yi's "Memory" for solo violin, written as a tribute to the passing of her teacher, Professor Lin Yaoji:
This debut album of the Noga Quartet includes Reynaldo Hahn's String Quartet No. 2 in F major as well as Claude Debussy's String Quartet in G minor, arranged for soprano and string quartet, with soprano Siobhan Stagg. Avishai Chameides dreamed of playing viola in a string quartet ever since he was a child, but only after his musical career had taken him from conservatory in Bivatayim and Tel Aviv to Milan and Berlin did he finally meet the three French musicians Simon Roturier, Lauriane Vernhes, and Joan Bachs, with whom he founded the ensemble ten years ago. The Noga Quartet has won an impressive number of prizes: Premio Borciani in 2014, the Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2010 and 2013, the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in 2011, and First Prize at the renowned Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition in 2015. BELOW: The Noga Quartet performs Movement 1 from Claude Debussy's String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10:
This album is a fusion of the Lakatos Gypsy style with a Yiddish and Klezmer repertoire. With support from Yiddish singer Myriam Fuks, Italian accordionist Aldo Granato and the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, this album has arrangements containing elements of Tango, Funk, Jazz and Waltz. BELOW: Roby Lakatos performs "Romania" from the album Klezmer Karma:
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