Since her high-profile victory at the 2005 Rostropovich Competition (she is the only winner ever to have taken both the First Prize and two special jury prizes), Marie-Elisabeth Hecker has belonged among the cellists who really count in the world. For her very first sonata recording, she is reunited with her partner both on the concert platform and in private life, the stylish pianist Martin Helmchen, in a programme of Brahms. The combination of the cellist whose playing was described by Die Zeit as â€˜moving and instinctively beautifulâ€™ and the pianist whom Diapason calls a â€˜master of sound, tempo and articulationâ€™ promises to be a moment of true chamber music, lyrical and brimming with complicity.
GIOVANNI LEGRENZI SONATE & BALLETTI
After Carlo Farina and the Vitalis, Clematis continues its exploration of the Italian Baroque instrumental repertoire with Giovanni Legrenzi. The Sonatas taken from the collections he published in Venice between 1655 and 1673 feature highly diverse forms ranging from the trio sonata up to larger forms for 4, 5, or 6 parts and even double choir. His final collection of instrumental music, Balletti e Correnti, published in 1691, offers us a very different view of instrumental music in which certain French influences cannot be denied. Here, Clematis gives us the first complete anthology of his instrumental works. The variety of forms and forces ensures this disc with a fine diversity of styles from sonatas still close in spirit to those of Biagio Marini up to those for four violins foreshadowing the generation of Vivaldi. Recorded in two different locations, this anthology lets us discover these compositions in the sonority either of the church with its choir organ or , more intimate, the chamber.
ALESSANDRO STRADELLA SANTA EDITTA: VERGINE E MONACA,
Ensemble Mare Nostrum, Andrea De Carlo
With this third installment of the Stradella Project, Andrea De Carlo and Ensemble Mare Nostrum continue the exploration of the oratorio output, following the recent rediscovery of San Giovanni Crisostomo.
The Argentine soprano VerÃ³nica Cangemi offers us an emotional portrayal of the title role, surrounded by a distinguished cast, including Francesca Aspromonte as Nobility, Gabriella Martellacci as Greatness, Fernando Guimaraes as Beauty, Sergio Foresti as Sensuality, and Claudia Di Carlo as Humility.
As in previous installments, recording was made within the framework of the Alessandro Stradella International Festival in Nepi, the composerâ€™s birthplace.
PETER EÃ–TVÃ–S DOREMI, CELLO CONCERTO GROSSO
& SPEAKING DRUMS
Peter EÃ¶tvÃ¶s, Martin Grubinger, Midori, Jean-Guihen Queyras,
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
In November 2014, Radio France inaugurated its new auditorium with a programme giving carte blanche to one of the most eminent composers of our time, Peter EÃ¶tvÃ¶s, who was then celebrating his seventieth birthday. On this occasion, three of his concertos were given their world premiere recordings under his direction with three soloists of the front rank. The violin concerto DoReMi, played here by its dedicatee Midori, is followed by Cello Concerto Grosso, a triangular dialogue between the solo cello, the cello section, and the full orchestra. The spectacular Speaking Drums concludes the programme on a highpoint: the orchestra (around forty musicians) prolongs the performance â€“ theatrical as much as musical â€“ of the percussionist, who declaims texts by the poets SÃ¡ndor WeÃ¶res (in Hungarian) and Jayadeva (in Sanskrit) and moves from point to point on the platform, thus creating links with various instruments of the orchestra. The stunning Martin Grubinger lends his voice and his percussion playing to this piece, which ends in highly virtuosic polyrhythm.
RICHARD BARRETT MUSIC FOR CELLO AND ELECTRONICS
Arne Deforce, Yutaka Oya
The works presented here belong among the most inventive repertoire for cello and electronics of our time. They invite us to become wondering listeners, to discover new realms of exceptional musical originality, connecting and intertwining the triangle of mind, body and soul; heart, intellect and pleasure; respiration, sensuality and thought.
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