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Duo´s - Verschenen op 11 september 2020 | CAvi-music

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This recording took place in the Studio 2 of the Bayerischer Rundfunk in Munich, in February 2016. Dina Ugorskaja pursued the finishing process of the master with great impulse and unbelievable energy during a time when her health was abating. This project will stay simply as a singular milestone. Prokofiev and Shostakovich were ambivalent toward one another. Prokofiev accused Shostakovich of "devouring everything" (the fact that the younger composer dared to incorporate the street genres of entertainment music into his classical compositions) and affirmed that Shostakovich had no gift for melody. Shostakovich, for his part, occasionally found Prokofiev's music too crude, too clearly illustrative. Yet, in spite of the largely unfair criticism they directed toward one another, each one never let his counterpart entirely out of his sight, or, to be more exact, of his ears. Ever since the 1920s their music was featured on joint recital programmes. The young Shostakovich acknowledged Prokofiev's influence on certain of his own works. Prokofiev, when abroad, encouraged "chemical exchange between Russia and Europe" and promoted Shostakovich's works in particular, even expressing the wish that his younger colleague be allowed to perform abroad, too. Natalia Prishepenko and the late Dina Ugorskaja present stunningly personal and virtuosic performances of two of their violin sonatas. © CAvi-Music
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Duo´s - Verschenen op 24 juli 2020 | CAvi-music

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When choosing the title of this album, the two performers were immediately drawn to the title of the first piece in our recording, Dhipli Zyia by Xenakis, which simply translates as ‘a band of two folk musicians’. After delving more deeply, they discovered that Zyia derives from the ancient Greek word ‘balance’, which is such a vitally important element of chamber music, and indeed – in any relationship. Fittingly, Zyia is also another name for Hera, the Goddess of marriage from ancient Greek mythology, and this album symbolises an important part of a journey for us – not only as partners in chamber music – but also as a celebration of our friendship… The recording centres around pieces which celebrate the joy and vibrancy of folk music, opening with music by Xenakis from the Balkans in Greece, Jonian’s birthplace, then venturing north to Hungary for the Kodály, west to Switzerland/France for the Sonatina by Honegger and finally returning to Greece for a rarely performed Duo by Skalkottas. © CAvi-Music
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Duo´s - Verschenen op 3 juli 2020 | NoMadMusic

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Emmanuel Ceysson and Frédéric Chatoux have worked alongside the pit of the Paris Opera for ten years, thus they have created a magnificent musical bond. "After a dream" is their first duo project, bringing together a selection of original pieces and transcriptions, with French music and its dreamlike tones as a common thread. Alongside Fauré, Cras, Ibert and Saint-Saëns, Bach, Rossini and Gluck, the two musicians colored this program in the form of sweet reverie. © nomadmusic
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Duo´s - Verschenen op 15 mei 2020 | Paraty

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This first recording by the Duo Aurore is an eclectic selection of Brazilian and Argentinian repertoire from the 20th and 21st centuries. The title of the album, "Iguaçu", is a reference to the magnificent Iguazu Falls located on the border between the two countries and listed as a Unesco World Heritage site. Often inspired by popular music, the repertoire is rich in harmonic and rhythmic variations. Famous works such as Libertango by Astor Piazzolla or O trenzinho do caipira by Villa-Lobos are presented alongside more recent pieces such as Nação nº 2, by the eminent Brazilian composer and pianist Hércules Gomes. © Paraty
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Duo´s - Verschenen op 17 april 2020 | harmonia mundi

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Musical instruments made to sing! This album invites you to travel from Spain to South America in the company of the greatest composers the countries of the region have produced: next to Spanish folk songs reshaped by Falla, compositions by Casals, Granados, Montsalvatge, and the beloved Ária from the Bachiana brasileira by Villa-Lobos, an Argentine tango by Piazzolla is paired with its Spanish counterpart by Albéniz (though his is in the form of a habanera). A wide-ranging programme which brings together two virtuoso soloists... who are not about to part. © harmonia mundi
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Duo´s - Verschenen op 7 februari 2020 | Sony Classical

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Duo´s - Verschenen op 7 februari 2020 | NoMadMusic

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In "Post-scriptum", Marina Chiche and Aurélien Pontier pay homage to the golden age in which violinists arranged, transcribed and made pastiches of short pieces to fill out the ends of their recitals. This album evokes a lost time through the rediscovery of these miniature gems of which Heifetz and Kreisler were once the most admirable ambassadors. © nomadmusic
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Duo´s - Verschenen op 31 januari 2020 | Mirare

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Duo´s - Verschenen op 31 januari 2020 | Klarthe

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Duo´s - Verschenen op 17 januari 2020 | Zip Records

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Duo´s - Verschenen op 17 januari 2020 | Aliud Records

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Duo´s - Verschenen op 25 oktober 2019 | La Dolce Volta

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Duo´s - Verschenen op 30 augustus 2019 | Paraty

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Duo´s - Verschenen op 26 april 2019 | Mirare

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Duo´s - Verschenen op 19 april 2019 | Channel Classics Records

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Duo´s - Verschenen op 5 april 2019 | Pan Classics

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Enrico Onofri discovered Bartók’s pedagogical piece 44 Duets for two cellos while he was studying in Italy under Hungarian master violinist Sándor Végh. Onofri took his time to prepare his project and looked for the ideal partner. When he met Lina Tur Bonet, then, he knew he had found her. Both violinists come from a baroque background and they both love Bartók.  Bartók composed the piece in 1931 following the suggestion of a German professor who needed a cycle for two violins without accompaniment. The initial agreement called for the rearrangement of his “For Children” played on the piano. But Bartók’s inspiration led him to a more ambitious project. With his friend Zoltán Kodály at his side, he traveled to remote regions of Eastern Europe, where he collected music and popular songs.  Bartók created a network of modes that gives students the opportunity to have fun learning while focusing on progressive and irregular rhythmic parts, double strings, syncopation and percussive effects. The piece is a catalogue of changing atmospheres that seduces musicians far beyond their initial pedagogical aspect.Enrico Onofri and Lina Tur Bonet thought of the duos as a unique 45-minute cycle and exploration of Bartók’s world. They use highly reverberant acoustics and show their “historically informed” abilities to play precise articulations as well as each note’s dynamics. On this recording, they used strings from the early 1900’s mixing bare gut (A and B), metal-wound gut (G), and steel (E), a mixture which creates a pure and precise sound. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Duo´s - Verschenen op 27 maart 2019 | Erato

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On this record, Renaud Capuçon and David Fray decided to turn their back on the musicology-inspired understanding of baroque music. Enough of “the dictatorship of the historically informed.” They chose instead to play this music from the heart, just as the masters did in the previous century. Their choice is sincere in a field of numerous conflicts between schools of thoughts. Six sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord was composed by Bach when he was at the court of Coethen. It was especially admired by Carl Philipp Emanuel, the Cantor’s second son. As often happens, however, the autographed manuscript has disappeared and it is through series of copies that we know it today.  It was published for the first time in 1804, fifty years after Bach’s death. The six sonatas are written according to Corelli’s rules. They imagine a new type of dialogue in the chamber orchestra where keys are not in the background. The writing is precise, expressive, and rhythmical. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Duo´s - Verschenen op 8 maart 2019 | Oehms Classics

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Duo´s - Verschenen op 1 maart 2019 | Audax Records

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"The clean, lyrical virtuosity from Johannes Pramsohler is of the kind that begs you to simply sit back and soak it all up." – Gramophone "Pramsohler’s assured technique and musicianship are impressive". - The Strad For over ten years, Ensemble Diderot has been known for captivating interpretations of largely unknown repertoire. For five years, the creative group around Johannes Pramsohler has had its own label, Audax Records, and consequently an artistic platform for the development of projects that are not subservient to commercial criteria. The two violinists of Ensemble Diderot present here a striking programme of works for two violins without bass, some of which are premiere recordings. Get a fascinating insight into the champions league of violinists in mid 18th century France and discover works of rare beauty outside of the two famous Leclair collections: Italian virtuosity combined with French elegance! © Audax Records
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Duo´s - Verschenen op 8 februari 2019 | harmonia mundi

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Despite (or because of) composing some twenty-seven symphonies, Nikolai Myaskovsky (1881-1950) has practically been forgotten about. He was a student of Liadov and Rimsky-Korsakov and a friend of Prokofiev, but he never ventured far from his romantic style of writing even when it was fading in popularity. Despite this, he was a fantastic composer of instrumental music, as demonstrated by this First Sonata composed in 1911 which has since been revised several times. Its lyricism is perfectly suited to the cello’s rich sound that is so close to the human voice.As a finalist of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium, special prize winner at the Tchaikovsy Competition in Moscow and ADAMI Classical Musical Talent in Paris, Bruno Philippe has amassed a whole host of prizes and awards, but it is a desire to play music that motivates him rather than a desire for recognition. After an initial project dedicated to Brahms’ two Sonatas, he signed with Harmonia Mundi and released an album dedicated to Beethoven and Schubert. Here, he explores the work of Myaskovsky with pianist and composer Jérôme Ducros, however most of this new recording is dedicated to Rachmaninov and includes two of his early pieces, Prelude and Oriental Dance and the famous Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor. As an added bonus Prelude in C sharp minor is also included, a piece which Jérôme Ducros clearly enjoys playing and which we certainly enjoy listening to. This piece was one of the main reasons for the composer’s worldwide fame even though it was unexpected and he would have been grateful just for some public recognition for his symphonies. © François Hudry/Qobuz