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Caroline Goulding and Danae Dörken

The GRAMMY-nominated violinist and rising star pianist join forces on a new album released on ARS - distributed in the US by Naxos - July 29
New York City recital September 9 at Steinway Hall
Recently released in Europe, the album just secured a nomination for the prestigious Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik 
New York, NY – July 14, 2016 – For nearly a decade, the virtuoso violinist Caroline Goulding has performed with the world’s premier orchestras, in recital and on record, blossoming from the “precociously gifted” (Gramophone) child who made her solo debut with the Cleveland Orchestra at age 13 to “a skilled violinist well on her way to an important career” (Washington Post). Now, on July 29th, 2016 the German label ARS will release Caroline’s first new recording since her GRAMMY-nominated and chart-topping 2009 debut, released when the violinist was just 16. Joining Caroline on this album featuring Schumann’s Sonata, no. 2, Enescu’s Suite in D major, op. 28, Impressions d’enfance, and Dvořák’s Romantic Pieces is pianist Danae Dörken, recently named BBC Music Magazine’s Rising Star for July 2016 and described by German newspaper Die Welt as "a poet on the piano". Caroline and Danae celebrate the release of the new album with a recital at New York’s Steinway Hall on September 9, 2016.
In programming the new album, Caroline and Danae considered works that juxtapose dark and light, and reflect the cyclical nature of one’s inner and outer lives. Robert Schumann’s second Sonata for violin and piano in d minor, op. 121, was written immediately after his first – in 1851. The sonata is perceived as dark, passionate and obscure and has been linked to his severe illness, along with his other late works for violin. “Schumann’s Sonata no. 2 is particularly dramatic, dynamic, and resolute in spirit” Caroline says of the final work on the album. “The beauty of this work and of Schumann’s works in general is his ability to create the most contrastingly insular, intimate and touching themes of any composer I have ever come across. His ability to creep into one’s soul and touch its most dark and shadowy corners, and then turn the corner to allow light through those cracks of darkness is his genius.
Antonin Dvořák’s (1841–1904) Romantické kusy, romantic pieces for violin and piano, op. 75, are miniatures that blend memory and freshness together. “The opening movement presents the uniting or reuniting of lovers,” Caroline writes, “while the second movement utilizes a playful Hungarian spirit that draws upon vitality, sensuality and mystique. The third movement reminds one of a rebirth of purity while the final movement grows in the feeling of drama and nostalgia, as if one has experienced a recent tragedy and is reminiscing something lost but with emotional turbulence that is still somewhat present.”
George Enescu’s third sonata for violin, his Suite in D major, op. 28, Impressions d’enfance, composed in 1940 is an abstract musical evocation of childhood. Enescu reflects the world seen through the eyes of a child in audio pictures and exhibits the cyclical nature of life. The child begins his journey viewing the intrinsic and paradoxical relationship between suffering, limitation, imprisonment and creativity, birth, essence and purity, but the final movement – “Sunrise” – is the glorified exultation of the intertwining of birth and death becoming one. Through the purity of the child’s world, Enescu shows the listener the cyclical nature of life.”
In her articulate liner notes for the album, Caroline explains the connections between the works on the album. “What binds Schumann’s Sonata no. 2 and Enescu’s Impressions together is their definitive reflection of the introverted aspects of human life and how those aspects reflect one’s outward reality. Through the emotional world that Schumann brings to life and the conceptual world that Enescu’s young narrator evokes, one can start to understand the nature and complexities of the human psyche, collectively and individually and how the two intercede one another. One sees the conceptual simplicity and brilliance of the child’s first instinctive and visceral impressions of his outer world while Schumann brings to the forefront the emotional complexities of the human soul that the toils and storms of life bring with it. To mediate between these two works, Dvořák’s Romantic Pieces beautifully interpret the moderation between the conceptual and emotional world. Not to say that either is ever separate from the other, or that Enescu is merely expressing concepts and Schumann is expressing emotion. Perhaps one is more of service to the other which reflects the growing complexity of the human psyche as it matures from child to adult.”
About Caroline Goulding
Since her 2006 Cleveland Orchestra debut, Caroline Goulding has appeared as soloist with the Symphony Orchestras of Toronto, Detroit, Dallas, Houston, Nashville, Milwaukee, Pasadena, Alabama, the National Symphony, Florida Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in North America. She has also appeared extensively in Europe and Asia with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Netherlands Philharmonic, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie and the Hong Kong Philharmonic.  She has appeared in recital at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall, the Tonhalle-Zurich, the Louvre Museum, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; and has performed as a chamber musician as part of the Marlboro Music Festival.
Caroline Goulding’s 2016-17 season includes orchestral engagements with the Indianapolis Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Boise Philharmonic and Stamford Symphony in the US. This November, Caroline and Danae will perform repertoire from the new album in recital throughout Germany.
Widely recognized by the classical music world’s most distinguished artists and institutions for her “vibrant and intensely musical” playing (Cleveland Plain Dealer), Caroline was a recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2011 and in 2009, she won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and was the recipient of the Helen Armstrong Violin Fellowship. She has also garnered significant attention from music and mainstream press, appearing on NBC’s Today, MARTHA and Germany’s Stars von Morgen hosted by Rolando Villazón. Caroline has also been heard on NPR’s Performance Today, From the Top, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. 
Caroline Goulding was born and raised in the small boating town of Port Huron in eastern Michigan, the child of two special education teachers.  She began studying the violin when she was three years old, under the tutelage of Julia Kurtyka, and continued her studies with renowned pedagogue Paul Kantor at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Caroline has since studied with Joel Smirnoff, Christian Tetzlaff and Donald Weilerstein.
A past member of the Stradivari Society, Caroline currently plays the General Kyd Stradivarius (c 1720), courtesy of Jonathan Moulds.
About Danae Dörken
Described as “a poet on the piano” by German newspaper Die Welt, Danae Dörken regularly impresses audiences at major festivals and concert halls worldwide with her breathtaking technique, profound musicality, and color-rich sound.
Recent season highlights include debut performances with the Münchner Symphoniker, Dortmund Philharmonic, Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, as well as at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival. A dedicated chamber musician, Danae Dörken is looking forward to upcoming collaborations with cellists Danjulo Ishizaka and Benedikt Klöckner, and her sister Kiveli Dörken, also a pianist. Last season saw Danae Dörken on a US tour as a soloist with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, performing with the Bielefeld Symphony Orchestra, giving her debut at the KKL Lucerne as well as further performances in Hamburg, Hannover, Bülach, Stuttgart, and on the MS Europa. In 2015 Danae and Kiveli Dörken founded the Molyvos International Music Festival, presenting highest level chamber music concerts with Sebastian Manz, Danjulo Ishizaka, and Hyeyoon Park.
This album marks Dörken’s third with ARS Produktion. Her 2014 CD – including fantasies by Schumann, Schubert, and C.P.E. Bach – was nominated for an ICMA Award. Her debut album, released in 2012, includes works by Janáček and received high critical acclaim.
Despite being only 24-years-old, Danae Dörken has already played in major concert halls such as the Cologne Philharmonie, Essen Philharmonie, Gasteig Munich, Konzerthaus Berlin, the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Frankfurt’s Alte Oper, and Beethoven Haus Bonn. She is a regular guest at festivals such as the Kissinger Sommer, the Schwetzingen Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and the Chamber Music Festival “Spannungen” in Heimbach. Furthermore she has recorded live broadcasts for WDR3, SWR2, and NDR Kultur radios, and has appeared on television channels Arte, 3sat, and BR. Dörken has also performed with artists such as Lars Vogt, Gustav Rivinius, Sharon Kam, Artur Pizarro, Christiane Oelze, Carolin Widmann, and Katia and Marielle Labèque.
Born in Wuppertal, Danae Dörken grew up in a German-Greek family. She received her first piano lessons at the age of five with Marina Kheifets and won her first competition just six months later. She has since received numerous awards in national and international competitions. Due to her outstanding performance as the youngest participant in the “International Competition for Young Musicians” in Enschede, Netherlands, the “Prix Unique” prize was specifically created for Danae Dörken and has been awarded annually ever since.
In March 1999 she met violinist and conductor Yehudi Menuhin, attended an orchestra rehearsal with him and was invited to play for him. Menuhin was so impressed by the young pianist that he offered to support her personally. Unfortunately, he passed away shortly after this meeting. At the end of 2002 Danae Dörken attended a master class of the renowned piano teacher Karl-Heinz Kammerling, who immediately invited her to join his class and continued teaching her until his death in 2012. Subsequently, Dörken continued her studies with Lars Vogt in Hannover.

Caroline Goulding & Danae Dörken Voilin Sonatas Track List: 

GEORGE ENESCU (1881–1955)
Impressions d’enfance, op. 28 (1940)
Ménétrier – Der Fiedler
Vieux Mendiant – Der alte Bettler
Ruisselet au fond du jardin – Das Bächlein am Ende des Gartens
L’oiseau en cage et le coucou au mur –
Der Vogel im Käfig und der Kuckuck an der Mauer
Chanson pour bercer – Wiegenlied
Grillon – Die Grille
Lune travers les vitres – Mondschein durch die Fensterscheiben
Vent dans la cheminée – Wind im Kamin
Tempête au dehors, dans la nuit – Sturm draußen in der Nacht
Lever de soleil – Sonnenaufgang

ANTONÍN DVORÁK (1841–1904)
Romantische Stücke (Romantické kusy), op. 75 (1887)

I.   Allegro moderato
II.  Allegro maestoso
III. Allegro appassionato
IV.  Larghetto

Violinsonate Nr. 2 d-Moll, op. 121 (1851)
I.   Ziemlich langsam – Lebhaft
II.  Sehr lebhaft
III. Leise, einfach
IV.  Bewegt
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