cellist Kian Soltani; Christian Tetzlaff; Ensemble Diderot and more.
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Cellist Kian Soltani.
Cellist Kian Soltani’s latest album is a journey through film music, with his personal take on film themes such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Lord of the Rings, The Bourne Identity and The Da Vinci Code – all reimagined for an oversized cello ensemble – played by Soltani on the 1694 “ex-London, Boccherini” Strad cello. “Everything on this album is done exclusively with the cello,” Soltani said. Soltani recorded each piece, by ear, from melodies to percussion sounds, including orchestral chords and counter melodies. It was the pandemic that gave him the time to pursue “a dream that I have had for many, many years, to create an album composed exclusively from my own arrangements of music from epic films”. BELOW: “One Day” from Pirates of the Caribbean:
Christian Tetzlaff and Lars Vogt perform the three Violin Sonatas op. 30. Written in 1801 and 1802, these are relatively old works which nevertheless indicate the direction of Beethoven’s revolutionary Symphony No. 3, âHÃ©roqueâ, completed in 1803. BELOW: extracts from the album:
Baroque violinist Johannes Pramsohler and his award-winning ensemble Diderot present a world premiere of two recordings by Jean-Marie Leclair and AndrÃ©-Joseph Exaudet,
as part of a new album dedicated to the beginnings of the violin concerto in France. The album also includes music by Corrette, Aubert and Quentin. In the first half of the 18th century, the Italian soloist concerto was widely regarded as antithetical to the nature of French music, as it represented the most extreme, innovative and dramatic expression of the new musical rhetoric to come from Italy. In France, the suite was the national art form of instrumental music – intimate, simple, and always with a concern for elegant expression. However, over time the violin concerto came to the fore and this album follows the journey of France’s contribution to the solo concerto genre with pieces that show how composers have managed to combine Italian robustness and l French elegance. BELOW: Concerto in E minor, op. 26 n Â° 4: IV. Carillon, by Jacques Aubert:
Violinist Lisa McNiven, who in the past created study aid recordings for Mazas Op. 36 Special Studies, has now created study tracks for three of the most studied violin concertos, with violin, piano and click track, together and separately, at slow, medium and full tempos. BELOW: Vivaldi Concerto in A minor, I:
With Resonance Lines, Collins has created a tribute to the people with whom she has had inspiring interpersonal relationships, celebrating the rich collaborative worlds that lead to these works that are performed on their own. The album features music by composers from the Baroque to the 21st century: Giuseppe Colombi, Kaija Saariaho, Caroline Shaw, Benjamin Britten, and a world premiere recording by Thomas Kotcheff. âThe fact that this album’s repertoire also highlights the voices of female, LGBTQ + and multiracial songwriters reflects an intersection of identities that resonates with my own experience as a musician, artist and person,â said Collins. BELOW: Britten Suite for Solo Cello:
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