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Korean violinist Jinjoo Cho, first prize winner in the 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, performs with the French chamber ensemble Appassionato and conductor Matheiu Herzog in a program of works all by Camille Saint-Saëns, including Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Havanaise, the finale of the Concerto No. 3, and the Romance Op. 48. "I love the contrast between these melodies, so full of light and movement, and the highly rhythmic figuration," Cho said. "The immense palette of sound contained in these two elements offers an incredible degree of artistic freedom." BELOW: Trailer for the album.
Violist Adrien La Marca and pianist Danae Dörken met during Daniel Hope's program on Arte, and they decided to form a duo for a new project. The result is this program combining classical, popular French and cinematographic music, but also songs. The album includes works by Hans Sitt, Dvorák, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Poulenc, Satie, Bridge, Boulanger, Glass, Hubert Giraud and, of course, "La Bohème" by Charles Aznavour. BELOW: Trailer for the album:
Seventy years after her debut, violinist Ida Haendel (1928-2020) was still enthralling audiences with her inimitable combination of impassioned virtuosity and discipline. The recordings of the concertos by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Khatchaturian, Dvorák and Bartók, which she played pre-1967 under the baton of Hans Müller-Kray, then chief conductor of the SWR (SDR at the time) are among the most valuable treasures in today’s Southwest German Radio archive. BELOW: Haendel plays the first movement of the Brahms Violin Concerto.
"Wild at Heart" is a collection of contemporary chaconnes which Harris envisions as reincarnations of Bach’s iconic Chaconne, by composers Annie Gosfield (Long Waves and Random Pulses, 2012), Elizabeth Hoffman (morsels, 2018), John King (C-H-A-C-O-N-N-E, 2013), and Yoon-Ji Lee (Shakonn, 2014). The album is the second in Harris’s Chaconne Project, following her 2019 release of Heroine. BELOW: "morsels" by Elizabeth Hoffman.
Violinist Chi Young Song presents complete works for solo violin by composers Earl Kim and Isang Yun, each of whom are of Korean heritage. Blurring the lines between Western musical heritage and traditional Korean music, each piece exhibits the crosscultural and borderless qualities of music. On Kim's 12 Caprices for Solo Violin, Chi Young tackles technical, intimate passages rooted in Western standards. The three works by Yun — written after his exile to Germany — make apt use of ornamental gestures, Korean folk music, and Taoist principles to harken back to the composer’s heritage. Below: Caprice No. 12 by Earl Kim:
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