Blue Griffin is proud to present a new CD “Tempo Trapezio” (“Time Trapeze”) from cellist Misha Quint and pianist Svetlana Gorokhovich. Referring to the trapezes and high wires of acrobats as they fly through the air, avoiding sudden death with their athletic and artistic displays on a daily basis, Quint presents a wide range of virtuosic repertoire on this recording: from the heart-melting and popular Schubert Impromptu, transcribed for cello and piano, to Richard Strauss’s early yet potently wise Cello Sonata in F Major, Op. 6. The contemporary realm of music is represented by Krysztof Penderecki’s Per Slava for solo cello, dedicated to Rostropovich, and a new work by Swiss composer and former rock musician Thomas Fortmann called Sonata for Quintcello. The CD provides a contrast in mood, form, genre, and essentially: time. Also represented are rare transcriptions of Stravinsky’s little-known works, such as the Pas de deux , movement from Divertimento for Violin and Piano from the ballet Le baiser de la fée (The Fairy’s Kiss), and Chanson Russe, also a transcription from violin and piano from the opera Marva.
In this new recording, pianist Iskander Zakirov juxtaposes Beethoven’s late Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111 with works by composers of the Second Viennese School – Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern, tracing the natural continuation of music’s development, from classical roots to advanced chromaticism and twelve-tone technique (dodecaphony).
After receiving excellent reviews in Gramophone, International Record Review and American Record Guide for his CDs “Chopin: Ballades and Fantasies,” and “A Schubert Recital” on the Blue Griffin label, acclaimed pianist Peter Miyamoto continues his traversal of piano masterworks. This CD presents diverse program that includes Bach’s Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, Sonatas by Beethoven and Berg, Jeux d’eau by Ravel, and Chopin’s Scherzo No. 3.
Following up their critically acclaimed premiere recording of Lowell Liebermann’s complete cello works, cellist Dmitri Atapine and pianist Hyeyeon Park present their new CD of Cello Sonatas by Bridge, Barber, and Rachmaninoff. “Here are three composers, three cultures, and three distinct circumstances surrounding the composition of each of the works presented on this recording. Sergei Rachmaninoff’s unchecked Russian expressivity infused with personal struggle. Frank Bridge’s solemn English lyricism,which remains affected by the airs of World War I. Samuel Barber’s adventurous pride and grandeur, which still contain shadows of America’s Great Depression. Yet the three works share a certain semblance. They all are products of what we can call the “Romantic undercurrent” – a world unswayed by the shudders of innovation zipping through the hearts and minds of many a composer of the time – and yet imbued with a sense of immediate need for communication, opening the composers’ hearts to the listener.”
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