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The period-instrument Eybler Quartet continues its efforts to highlight lesser-known composers of the Classical era with this recording of the music of Viennese composer Franz Asplmayr (1728-1786). It is the first-known recording of all of his Six Quartets, Op. 2. "One of the missions of the Eybler quartet is to find music that has been neglected and lost over the years, collecting dust in libraries, and to bring it back to life," said violinist Julia Wedman, who plays alongside violinist Aisslinn Nosky, violist Patrick Jordan and cellist Margaret Gay. BELOW: An introduction to Franz Asplmayr with members of the Eybler Quartet.
Recognizing that during challenging times music has the power to bring people together, cellist Hee-Young Lim intentionally chose works born out of tumultuous times for her latest recording, which features two Russian contemporaries: Sergei Rachmaninov and Sergei Prokofiev. She remembers being profoundly influenced after hearing works by the great Russian masters as a child, noting "their overwhelming ability to so intimately display the very soul of humanity in their writing, to express, through music, thoughts and feelings in almost every measure and phase is very inspiring." This recording follows Lim’s 2018 debut recording of French Cello Concertos, recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra. BELOW: Hee Young Lim and pianist Hélène Rusquet perform Rachmaninoff's Cello Sonata Op. 19, Mvt. 1:
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