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Classical - Released July 21, 2017 | Ars Produktion

Booklet Distinctions 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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Classical - Released July 31, 2015 | Ars Produktion

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Classical - Released September 15, 2017 | Ars Produktion

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Cello Concertos - Released June 16, 2017 | Ars Produktion

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After an acclaimed first album dedicated to rarer Lalo and Milhaud concert works, French-Swiss cellist Nadège Rochat decided to cross the Channel and focus on three insular works, two from English composers – Walton and the unmissable Elgar, for whom there is no lack of musical competition! – and another from an Irish composer, Ina Boyle (1889-1967) whose music is slowly gaining in popularity. After facing anti-feminine ostracism her whole life as a woman who dared writing music despite support from Vaughan Williams, she is now honoured by a – female – high calibre soloist who is able to give her 1913 Elegy all its flavours, both romantic and contemplating, arguably close to the work of Rachmaninoff. As for Walton’s 1956 Concerto – a work of maturity – it is, much like each of the composer’s rare works, a unique masterpiece: powerful, seductive, original, uncompromising with regards to surrounding modernism, and yet so modern. Finally Elgar’s 1919 Concerto, a hit in the British repertoire, was more or less his last masterpiece: from the moment his wife passed away in 1920 until his own death in 1934, he indeed spent most of his time riding his bike, being driven around in his car by his chauffeur,  and travelling the world. He also recorded his own works, developing more and more effective sound engineering techniques. Nadège Rochat dives in with passion into this repertoire, which she has mastered to perfection! © SM/Qobuz 
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Classical - Released September 15, 2017 | Ars Produktion

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Classical - Released March 31, 2015 | Ars Produktion

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Classical - Released January 19, 2018 | Ars Produktion

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"Ysaÿe… aussi", as Fernandel might have had it, as Ysaÿe followed the example of several illustrious predecessors – Bach, Telemann, Tartini, Paganini, Hindemith – by writing several great works for solo violin. His six Sonatas Op. 27 from 1923 mark the period of his greatest maturity, at the age of 65. Each one is dedicated to a great virtuoso: Joseph Szigeti, Jacques Thibaud (whose first movement, "Obsession", is a meeting of subverted and re-purposed quotes from Bach and Paganini, a true delight), George Enescu, Fritz Kreisler, Mathieu Crickboom, and Manuel Quiroga. This is much more than just a collection of pleasant, well-written pieces. There are moments of truly startling modernity, to which the composer brought all the cutting-edge techniques of the day: atonalism, quarter tones, whole tone scales, as well as the most advanced bowing techniques developed by the great soloists of the time. Standing on the shoulders of his illustrious discographic forebears, the violinist Stefan Tarara (winner of the famous Bucharest Enescu Competition and the no-less famous Wieniawski Competition in Poland) throws himself into these six fascinating masterpieces, each of which casts Ysaÿe in a very different light to how he is normally perceived, i.e. as a virtuoso composer who wrote for his own glory. For one thing, he was also writing for the fame of these six young followers of his! © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released May 19, 2017 | Ars Produktion

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Classical - Released January 19, 2018 | Ars Produktion

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Classical - Released February 26, 2016 | Ars Produktion

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Classical - Released March 26, 2013 | Ars Produktion

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Classical - Released January 27, 2015 | Ars Produktion

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Classical - Released August 18, 2017 | Ars Produktion

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The title of this recording by violinist Fedor Rudin (grandson of Edison Denisov) and pianist Florian Noack, REFLETS, was chosen for two reasons, according to the two soloists: firstly, because all works of art are connected in one way or another, because they make reference to each other in various ways or because they share a common tradition. Ravel, for example, was Fauré’s composition pupil, who in turn was Lili Boulanger’s piano teacher; sure, Catoire was influenced by Wagner, but when listening to his violin sonata, the first thought that comes to mind is: “This is the Sonata that Rachmaninoff should have written!”, even though Rachmaninoff lived after Catoire. In that sense, art is a reflection of our past while pointing towards the future; the interpreter turns into the composer’s reflection during the performance. The second meaning is related to our personal histories, to the so-called origin-based traditions and the reflections on culture that result from them, something Fedor Rudin is most familiar with as someone who was born in Russia and brought up in France. These reflections had a considerable influence on this selection of Russian and French works on this recording: one sonata – Catoire and Ravel – and two miniatures each, which belong together – Rachmaninov and Boulanger –, as well as two separate pieces, one from Russia and one from France – Fauré and Tchaikovsky. The programmatic reciprocation between the two countries mirrors Rudin’s own personal circumstances. Catoire was of French heritage and grew up in Russia... Within the programme there are similar parallels, for example with the two Romances, one Russian and the other French: two cultures that were closely intertwined and influenced each other before the Russian revolution. Franco-Russian violinist Fedor Rudin, a prizewinner of renowned international violin competitions including the Henri Marteau, Rodolfo Lipizer and the Aram Khachaturian competitions, is quickly establishing himself as one of the most exciting and gifted soloists of today. His recent concert engagements include solo debuts at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Philharmonie de Paris, Vienna’s Musikverein or the Tonhalle Zurich among others. The Belgian pianist Florian Noack was named “Emerging Artist of the Year” in 2015 by ECHO Klassik and awarded the International Classical Music Award (ICMA) 2017 for his recording of his own piano transcriptions and paraphrases of orchestral works by Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Rachmaninoff. © SM/Qobuz
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Cello Concertos - Released October 2, 2012 | Ars Produktion

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Classical - Released March 16, 2018 | Ars Produktion

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Behind his impish baby-face, Aleksey Semenenko hides a warm personality and an accomplished musical technique. Born in Odessa in Ukraine in 1988, exactly eighty years after the birth of David Oistrakh in the same city, he worked with Zakhar Bron, the great "manufacturer" of virtuoso violinists, who has given his life to teaching, and has taught Vadim Repin, Maxim Vengerov and Daniel Hope. For his second album, Aleksey Semenenko has chosen a rather more varied programme, opening on Grieg's First Sonata and closing with the ineffable Fantaisie D. 934 written by Schubert in December 1827, just months before his death. It is a virtuoso, brilliant, work, and it demands great technical skill and endurance. As so often, Schubert uses a Lied (here, Sei mir gegrüsst), albeit heavily modified. The work met with a rather lukewarm reception when it was first performed on 20 January 1828. One critic wrote "here, the composer was quite lost". This Fantaisie strikes a joyful tone which is rare in Schubert's music; and it has been sadly neglected by chamber music, a gap now filled by this elegant interpretation by Aleksey Semenenko and his excellent partner Inna Firsova, whose piano part encounters the same difficulties. Joie-de-vivre seems to be the unifying theme that ties this programme together, from the work of the 20-year-old Grieg to the studiedly jaunty and carefree piece from Schubert, by way of Rossini as re-imagined by Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Paganini. This cloudless sky is scarcely darkened by Piotr Ilitch's Melancholy Serenade. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Classical - Released June 24, 2016 | Ars Produktion

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason
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Classical - Released November 17, 2017 | Ars Produktion

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Classical - Released March 25, 2016 | Ars Produktion

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Classical - Released April 5, 2019 | Ars Produktion

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Classical - Released April 19, 2019 | Ars Produktion

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