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Chamber Music - Released October 6, 2017 | BIS

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Classical - Released October 6, 2017 | BIS

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Classical - Released September 15, 2017 | BIS

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Chamber Music - Released September 1, 2017 | BIS

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There is a world of difference between Hindemith’s First Trio, composed in 1924 “on a train” as the composer stated in his own catalogue, and his 1933 Second Trio. While the first features some of these relentless, almost Prokofievian, rhythmic and thematic elements, the second rolls out its extremely sophisticated contrapuntal language along a soft lyrical canvas (with a touch of humour here and there) specific to later Hindemith. There is also a world of difference between Hindemith’s Trios and Schoenberg’s, written in 1946, soon after the composer almost died from a heart attack. Granted, the thematic structure is based on a dodecaphonic series, but after a brief adjustment period, it becomes impossible not to notice countless tiny tonal, harmonic waves skilfully hidden below the overall texture. The composer was quoted saying this particular work was “a description of his illness”, most probably with a fair share of dark humour. Thomas Mann claimed that Schoenberg told him he had secretly represented his medical treatment, the nurse and everything else in his music. Hanns Eisler, for his part, thought he had discovered which chords represented the injections… Ouch! Typically Schoenberg. Trio Zimmermann is made up of three great international soloists: violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann, violist Antoine Tamestit and cellist Christian Poltéra. And all three play on Stradivariuses, no less! © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released September 1, 2017 | BIS

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Chamber Music - Released September 1, 2017 | BIS

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While the title Lachrymæ or Seaven Teares might suggest works filled with sorrow, all of its tears aren’t equal. As Dowland correctly pointed out in his preface to the 1604 original edition that there are tears of joy, happiness and relief, in addition to those shed because of grief and despair. Furthermore the title doesn’t tell the whole story, as the collection also holds numerous other works in addition to the seven lacrimal pillars: pavanes, galliards, allemandes. The instrumentation of purely instrumental pieces as well as the accompaniment of vocal parts is given to the lute, the viols or sometimes both, depending on availability… Here of course, the Chelys Consort of Viols, lutenist James Akers and soprano Emma Kirkby have everything at their disposal to bring these masterpieces back to life in ideal conditions. In addition to Dowland’s pieces – the Seaven Teares as well as several tracks chosen from Lachrymaæ – the small troupe gives us a few moments borrowed from some of Dowland’s contemporaries, such as Jones, Hume, Simpson, Holborne and Danyel, for matters of comparison with what was made at the time, but along different lines. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released September 1, 2017 | BIS

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Ives “assembled” his fourth and final sonata for violin and piano around 1916 based on diverse movements written between 1901 and 1910; that was his “modus operandi”, that would later be confirmed by the Concord Sonata, which follows the same rule in the creative process of this genius who knew how to masterfully construct a coherent work using the elements that were disparate in theory, conceived throughout a gestation period that could be as long as several decades. As with the preceding sonatas, Ives places each of his movements under the guise of a religious hymn, initially presented in a fragmented way, unstitched and ambiguous, before finally unveiling the theme in its entirety. Shortly after its official creation in 1940, the Quatrième Sonate would attract the attention of Szigeti who, not long after, performed it at the Carnegie Hall, leading to a recording for the radio and even a publication. This sonata is now one of Ives’s most played works. As for the Concord Sonata: in the “authors preface” of his Essai avant une Sonate, Ives described his objective: an attempt at presenting his impressions of the transcendental spirit, which, for more than half a century now, many people have associated with Concord, Massachusetts. To this end, each of the four movements make references to the great literary figures that lived in this small town between 1840 and 1860: Thoreau, Emerson, Hawthorne, as well as a local family – the Alcotts. Amongst these musical references, we find Beethoven, some religious hymns, patriotic hymns, circus marches, as well as brief appearances from two “guest stars”: the viola and the flute (the flute being Thoreau’s instrument). Of course, the Concord Sonata will never dethrone the Hammerklavier or the Sonate by Liszt (in the essential repertoire of any self-respecting pianist) but the Concord always attracts the greatest soloists who make themselves champions of the work. Among these soloists we find the Finnish pianist Joonas Ahonen, who achieved great success not long ago with his recording of Concerto by Ligeti, as well as his interpretations of Beethoven on pianos of that era. Since 2011, Ahonen has also been a member of the prestigious ensemble Klangforum Wien. As for the violinist Pekka Kuusisto, he has already performed as a soloist for orchestras in Seattle, Cincinnati, for the BBC, on the Finnish Radio and the Philharmonic orchestras of Los Angeles and Oslo - to cite but a few. © SM/Qobuz
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Chamber Music - Released August 4, 2017 | BIS

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Classical - Released August 4, 2017 | BIS

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Classical - Released August 4, 2017 | BIS

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Chamber Music - Released August 4, 2017 | BIS

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Symphonies - Released July 7, 2017 | BIS

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