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Attacca
Aris Quartett

Attacca

Gerald Resch String Quartet No 3 ‘attacca’
Beethoven String Quartet in F Op 59 No 1 ‘Razumovsky

Aris Quartett

GENUIN GEN 21736 | genuin.de

Attaca, the new string quartet after which this album is named, was written for the Aris Quartett by Austrian composer Gerald Resch specifically as a companion piece to Beethoven’s Quartet in F Major, Op. 59 No.1 ‘Razumovsky. The planned world premiere in 2020, ‘Beethoven Year’, would have also been the quartet’s debut at Vienna’s Musikverein which commissioned the work, but it was cancelled due to the pandemic. Despite this disappointment the quartet forged ahead with a recording, its fourth album on the GENUIN label, as a tribute to this special programme.  Resch’s central ideas for his third string quartet, is the attacca principle, the seamless connection between individual sections and movements as a way of telling a consistent story throughout the whole piece, harking back to Beethoven: one of the first to write works that are not just a series of movements, but whose parts combine together to form a larger whole.

BBT Podcast
with Timothy Ridout:
Tertis – Legend of the Viola

BBT’s first podcast features British violist Timothy Ridout discussing his musical hero, Lionel Tertis.

An internationally acclaimed viola virtuoso, Tertis was a performer, teacher, composer, arranger, writer and musical pioneer who proclaimed the eminence of this deeply rich, warm-toned instrument and had an insatiable appetite for commissioning new works and arranging everything he could lay his hands on for viola. His enthusiasm never waned throughout his long life (1876-1975) and he arguably did more than anybody to focus a spotlight on the viola.

Ridout, himself a winner of the Lionel Tertis Competition in 2016, is on a mission to revive and reassert the importance of this great champion of the viola.

A Sicilian Traveller
Alessio Pianelli

Avos Chamber Ensemble
Alessio Pianelli cello/director

Sulkhan Tsintsadze Seven Georgian Miniatures
Komitas Vardapet Five Armenian Folk Songs and Dances
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Two pieces from 24 Negro Melodies Op 59
Béla Bartók Romanian Folk Dances Sz.68
Nikos Skalkottas Three Dances from 36 Greek Dances AK11
Alessio Pianelli Variations on a Sicilian Folk Theme

Rubicon Classics RCD1051 | rubiconclassics.com

For his Rubicon Classics debut, cellist and composer Alessio Pianelli conceived the idea that if a land’s lineage can be traced through its history or language, it can also be tracked through its folk music. He mirrors the richness of his own Sicilian roots by comparing the culture and folk music of his homeland with those of Africa, Georgia, Greece, Armenia, and Romania in repertoire from late 19th and 20th century composers whose own musical identities have been enriched by travel but who are also deeply connected to the origins of their cultural heritage. Pianelli directs the young string players of the Avos Chamber Orchestra, which he co-founded in Rome where the album was recorded in November 2019.

 

 

Il delirio della passione
Anna Lucia Richter

Anna Lucia Richter soprano
Ensemble Claudiana
Luca Pianca musical direction

Claudio Monteverdi
Prologue Dal mio Permesso amato (from L’Orfeo)
Zefiro torna (from Scherzi musicali)
La mia turca (Quarto scherzo delle ariose vaghezze)
Lamento d’Arianna (fragment from L’Arianna):
Lasciatemi morire
O Teseo, o Teseo mio
Dove, dov’è la fede
Ahi, che non pur rispondi
Pur ti miro (from L’incoronazione di Poppea)
Et è pur dunque vero (from Scherzi musicali)
Confitebor tibi Domine
Lamento della Ninfa (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi VIII)
Si dolce è il tormento &
Ohimè ch’io cado (Quarto scherzo delle ariose vaghezze)

Pentatone PTC 5186 845 | pentatonemusic.com

In her second CD for Pentatone, German singer Anna Lucia Richter bids farewell to soprano roles (having made the decision to continue her career as a mezzo-soprano) with this album devoted to Monteverdi: Il delirio della passione. This album is full of Monteverdi trea­sures, ranging from heart-wrenching opera scenes, including all that’s extant from L’Arianna, and religious music to bucolic songs. Richter works together with Ensemble Claudiana and Luca Pianca, one of the most eminent Monteverdi interpreters of our age.

Listen to Anna Lucia’s Gramophone podcast about Il delirio della passone here

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