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“I always knew I would have to climb this mountain, and during the enforced solitude of the last 18 months it became clear that the time was right.” Violinist Jack Liebeck brings us Ysaÿe’s Six Sonatas for Solo Violin, as well as the lesser-known "Poème elégiaque in D minor for violin and piano," which Ysaÿe dedicated to the French composer Gabriel Fauré. Violin professor at London's Royal Academy of Music, Liebeck also has recorded the Brahms and Schoenberg Violin Concertos in 2020. Liebeck plays the 1785 "Ex-Wilhelmj" J.B. Guadagnini violin. BELOW: Trailer for the album.
Kurtag: Six Moments Musicaux/Dvorak: String Quintet Op. 97
Parker Quartet with Kim Kashkashian
Daniel Chong: violin
Ken Hamao: violin
Jessica Bodner: viola
Kee-Hyun Kim violoncello
Kim Kashkashian: viola
The Boston-based Parker Quartet, hailed by the Washington Post for “exceptional virtuosity and imaginative interpretation,” play music of György Kurtág and are joined by violist Kim Kashkashian, one of the quartet’s early mentors, to play Dvorák. In this powerful programme of contrasts, Dvorák’s outgoing String Quintet No. 3, composed in America in 1893, is framed by two of Kurtág’s concentrated, meticulously-shaped works – the Six Moments musicaux (2005) and the Officium breve in memoriam Andreae Szervánszky (1988/89). BELOW: Parker Quartet performs Dvorák's String Quintet, Op. 97 with violist Kim Kashkashian:
The Dudok Quartet Amsterdam is forging a reputation as one of the most creative and versatile quartets of its generation. The Guardian commented on their "lithe, lively sound and alert sense of structure and detail." The quartet play with unwound gut strings and a set of bespoke classical bows. This recording, their first for Rubicon, features the three Brahms String Quartets. They are joined by Finnish violist Lilli Maijala for the composer's String Quintet No.2. BELOW: Making of - quartet members talk about recording Brahms' quartets - on gut strings!:
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