Itamar Zorman violin
Ieva Jokubaviciute piano
Kwan Yi piano
First Hand Records FHR119
Pejačević’s Sonata for Violin and Piano No 2 is a ferociously powerful and spectacularly demanding work written in 1917. In this Sonata Zorman’s virtuosity dazzles as he flies through furiously fast passages, never once losing his commitment to the work’s emotional intensity.After an impassioned series of high energy recordings, the album closes with Summerland by William Grant Still. This work contrasts the majority of the album by showcasing a much gentler side to Zorman’s sound. Summerland is reflective and calm, transporting the listener to a world with much more peace and clarity. You can not help but wonder if this closing piece is in fact a reflection of Zorman’s hope for the future during what was an incredibly uncertain and turbulent time.
Rosie Olver, The Cusp, 28 April 2022
Wim Henderickx Sutra
Concerto for Basset Clarinet, Electronics & Orchestra
Mozart Basset Clarinet Concerto in A K 622
Annalien Van Wauwe clarinet
Andrew Manze conductor
Pentatone PTC 5186-973
The purity of her tone is sustained, even when she switches from lyrical, ornamented features to more subdued moments… “The similarity between yoga and music is making a connection” – the musician succeeds wonderfully in this. During the recordings she literally stood among the orchestral players, so that her playing with and against the orchestra remains wonderfully natural. The power of that interplay flourishes especially in Wim Henderickx’s concerto. The warm tenor sound of the woodwind plays the leading role in a mysterious, Buddhist, symphonic sound world.
JC, De Standaard, 6 April 2022
The starting point for the effective composition are yoga sutras by Patanjali: Breath of Life, Meditation, Mind Concentration and Intense Spiritual Union. This results in an esoteric-mystical sound world, which is effectively presented by the performers.
Remy Franck, Pizzicato, 4 April 2022
Sutra Concerto for Basset Clarinet, Electronics & Orchestra
Annalien Van Wauwe clarinet
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins conductor
World première Glasgow 31 March 2022
Even if yoga’s not your thing, there was no mistaking the mystical, meditative quality of Sutra, its four interlinked movements encased in a sound world that is inwardly seductive and outwardly ethereal …Van Wauwe’s performance was thoughtful and quietly ravishing, the use of the mellower basset horn possibly instrumental in subduing her solo presence at times, yet in the third movement, a sidestepping frenzied scherzo, the awakening from the hypnotic inertia of the surrounding movements revealed a vital, energised side to the former BBC New Generation Artist. Conductor Martyn Brabbins found endless potential in Henderickx’s score, from its subliminal live textures to their magical integration with its spectral electronic backdrop.
Ken Walton, The Scotsman, 1 April 2022
There are a lot of different ingredients in the score, with many of the ideas coming from the soloist and dedicatee … she combines her musical practice with yoga tuition, and the disciplines of meditation and concentration are themes of the central two movements. Only in the third one did the work become at all virtuosic, with a step up in tempo, a speedy Ballkan melody line and a big band sound from the orchestra … He [Henderickx] also gave Van Wauwe plenty of opportunity to demonstrate the lower register of the basset clarinet, although the most attractive and exciting passages she had to play seemed to fall within the range of the regular instrument.
Keith Bruce, Vox Carnyx, 1 April 2022
It’s an atmospheric/suggestive score, of slow formations, otherworldly, involving evocative chanting from the soloist and some orchestra members, and hypnotic in effect, a variety of colours and details sustaining the thirty-minute-plus whole… and, to regulate the trance-like inducements, there is fast and fortissimo music, too, requiring virtuosity from all concerned – duly received – Van Wauwe’s basset cutting through with glee, the music dancing ecstatically, until a return to meditation and a fade to silence (or another dimension beyond our consciousness). Sutra is a fascinating listen.
Colin Anderson, Colin’s Column, Classical Source, 31 March 2022
Kelly Marie Murphy
Triple Concerto When I Too Long Have Looked Upon Your Face
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Mikko Franck conductor
World première Paris 18 February 2022
– a score of great quality that creates three contrasting atmospheres and possesses a certain evocative power and mastery of the orchestra. The Trio Sōra … plays as a trio, rather than soloists playing in a trio, and they knew how to share their involvement and the pleasure they experienced with the audience
Cartouche, Premiere-Loge, 22 February 2022
The composer, who has an extensive sound universe, uses a rich and sometimes spectacular orchestral force that ensures dialogue with the intimacy of the Trio. Sōra’s instrumentalists are perfectly showcased individually and as a group. They have undoubtedly contributed to the success of this much appreciated world premiere.
Hugues Rameau-Crays, Classique – c’est cool!, 23 February 2022
Francisco Coll Piano Trio
World première Madrid 24 January 2022
Coll’s piece is made up of four movements; extraordinary the first, curiously based on Strauss’s opera The Silent Woman; a second based on flamenco motifs …. [which are] very well resolved technically; and two last movements full of verve and magnificent details supported by dynamic contrasts. In short, an excellent work, that I see more as four small, almost independent, works.
Jorge Fernández Guerra, El Pais, 25 January 2022
Composed in 2019, [Coll’s Piano Trio] gives the impression that, throughout those four movements mentioned above, there is a stylization of elements, if not ancient, then at least earlier. Almost historical … whose values and intensity are very suggestive. To understand them in a single reading would seem too daring on our part. But a second hearing would certainly be very worthwhile, since it is loaded with ideas that make it especially interesting.
Santiago Martin Bermudez, Sherzo, 25 January 2022