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CALIDORE STRING QUARTET’S RESILIENCE

Funded by its 2016 BBT Fellowship Award, the Calidore String Quartet makes its Signum Classics debut with a musical contemplation for our times. In the light of recent political upheaval and division across the world, the Quartet’s players – Jeffrey, Ryan, Jeremy and Estelle – looked to music to find an answer to such contemporary dissonance. Their search for resilience and respite settled on four composers and four works that found either consolation or a cathartic path towards optimism through music. Resilience is released on Signum Classics (SIG CD551) on 12 October 2018 and features quartets by Prokofiev, Janáček, Golijov and Mendelssohn. BBT was on hand at the recording sessions to make this accompanying film.

HOME – GLORIA CAMPANER’S SCHUMANN

“This album tells in a way a story of my life, my dreams, my childhood scenes set in the place where I was born and where I grew up.”

For Venetian pianist Gloria Campaner, Schumann has been a lifelong passion. Kinderszenen was the first piano cycle she learned as a child and the Piano Concerto was a performance she heard many times at the Gran Teatro la Fenice with her parents. To perform and record these masterworks at the same theatre, with the Filarmonica della Fenice Venezia conducted by her friend John Axelrod, is not only a poignant rediscovery of childhood, but also an evocation of all that is home for her.

With this CD Gloria will also be raising funds for a children’s charity in Italy (one of the many she actively supports).

Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor Op 54
Schumann: Kinderszenen Op 15

Gloria Campaner piano
Orchestra Filarmonica della Fenice Venezia
John Axelrod conductor

Warner Classics Italy 5054197032578
Release date: 23 November 2018

ALEXANDRA CONUNOVA’S PROKOFIEV

Alexandra Conunova makes her debut recording on the Aparte label, together with pianist Michael Lifits.  The repertoire is close to Alexandra’s heart: the contrasting Violin Sonatas by Prokofiev – one of deep anguish, the other of simplicity and lyricism – providing a synthesis of Prokofiev’s style.  In tandem with the recording, supported by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust, John Blanch made this film that explores the artists’ relationship with the composer.

ALESSIO PIANELLI – SULLA QUARTA

Sicilian cellist & composer Alessio Pianelli, winner of a 2018 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, imaginatively visualises one of his own tracks from his most recent disc, Sulla Quarta, in collaboration with Antonio Cusimano/3112htm. Sulla Quarta is the second album in Pianelli’s exploration of the six solo cello Suites by JS Bach, which doubles as a voyage both of discovery and self-discovery, including lesser-known 20th-century works as well as Pianelli’s own works, reflecting on the emotional and intellectual challenges which Bach’s writing poses to musicians and listeners alike.  Listen to Sulla Quarta now (full album streaming, CD, download) on Bandcamp: https://almendramusic.bandcamp.com/album/sulla-quarta

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