More details, video samples, download and streaming links will be announced here before the launch date.
VALENTINA CIARDELLI LAUNCHES SOLO DOUBLE BASS RECORDINGS ON ULYSSES ARTS STARTING WITH BEETHOVEN PATHÉTIQUE SONATA ANDANTE CANTABILE ON 16 DECEMBER 2020
Ulysses Arts launches double bass player Valentina Ciardelli's recording of the Andante Cantabile from Beethoven's Pathétique Sonata in celebration of the great composer's birthday on 16 December 2020. This is the first of a series of singles we are releasing, recording during the Pandemic, and including Valentina's arrangements and her own original compositions.
More details, video samples, download and streaming links will be announced here before the launch date.
ANNEKE SCOTT AND BENEDICT PREECE: J.S. BACH CHORALE PRELUDES FOR CORNO DA TIRARSI AND ORGAN RELEASING ON 11 DECEMBER 2020
Ulysses Arts is delighted to release a new recording of J.S.Bach's music re-imagined for corno da tirarsi and organ performed by Anneke Scott (corno da tirarsi) and Benedict Preece (organ).
The 2020 Pandemic saw Anneke Scott work her way through all of Bach’s chorales on her corno da tirarsi as part of a project she entitled “Corno Not Corona”. Out of this was sparked the idea of a collaboration with organist Benedict Preece in which the pair would re-configure a number of Bach Chorale Preludes incorporating the corno da tirarsi on the chorale melodies.
The recording is a testament to the many ways in which musicians have had to be resourceful and resilient in this most testing of years for the arts. The two musicians recorded their contributions in isolation, with Benedict performing the organ part using Hauptwerk, a state-of-the-art virtual instrument. Hauptwerk contains high quality samples of some of the finest organs in the world and each stop is relayed through the software to enable organists to play the chosen organ from any location. For this recording Benedict selected the Muller organ of St. Bavo Church, Haarlem.
Matching a “virtual” instrument is Anneke’s “hypothetical” corno da tirarsi (made by Egger in Switzerland). The corno da tirarsi has been a conundrum for many years. Bach wrote for the instrument but no instrument appears to survive. Normally Bach writes for the corno da tirarsi doubling soprano chorale melodies in his cantata, hence it feeling like an appropriate instrument to incorporate in his chorale preludes.
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LOUTH CONTEMPORARY MUSIC SOCIETY LAUNCHES '...OUT OF SILENCE' WITH MEADOW, BY LINDA CATLIN SMITH, RELEASED ON 11 DECEMBER 2020
…out of silence
The Louth Contemporary Music Society proudly announces a bold initiative for these uncertain times: a series of recordings put together under the exceptional conditions of the pandemic, …out of silence lets listeners eavesdrop on music-making of extraordinary care and intimacy.
The recordings feature world-renowned composers attuned to the intricacies of silence as much as sound. Performances are by musicians of equal sensitivity and expertise.
The first ...out of silence release is Meadow, by Linda Catlin Smith, who was born in New York but has long been resident in Canada. Perhaps her music required a move away, a quieter environment, a different pace, another view.
It is not city music. Rather, in its tuning and in its atmosphere, it suggests natural landscapes.
“A meadow”, the composer has said, “is a simple place, with elements that are there quite naturally; it’s not a spectacular garden, but if you look closely there are many different types of plants and tiny flowers. It is a place of infinite variation.”
This is how the music goes, weaving a meadow, weaving through a meadow, in stray fragments of tune that will be repeated until they dissolve or give way to something else, through chord sequences that move slowly but inexorably.
Listeners are drawn into this gentle but alert music by three outstanding Irish string players: Mia Cooper on violin, Joachim Roewer on viola and Bill Butt on 'cello.
There is no hurry, no need to hurry. To quote Linda Catlin Smith again, “I like to sit with things for a while, to dwell in the material, to have a chance to listen.” This is the kind of experience she provides in Meadow.
On the cover of the album is a striking image by the Irish artist Alice Maher.
Release date: 11 December 2020
Future releases will present music by the Ukrainian Valentyn Silvestrov and the Swiss master of unexpected simplicity Jürg Frey, with whom the Louth Contemporary Music Society has over several years developed a close relationship.
...out of silence is funded by the Arts Council and financially supported by Create Louth.
Streaming links for Meadow on Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer and other streaming services will be posted here before 11 December.
BÜYÜKADA ENSEMBLE İSTANBUL CONCERT: WARLOCK - DEBUSSY - SAYGUN - SCHOENBERG: SATURDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2020
After last year's sold-out Büyükada Ensemble concert for Istanbul Biennial, its musicians, from the Turkish National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra / Türkiye Gençlik Filarmoni Orkestrası, London's Royal College of Music and Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, returned to perform a live-streamed concert from San Pacifico Church, Büyükada, Istanbul, conducted by James Ross, and recorded for broadcast by TRT3:
Warlock, Capriol Suite
Debussy, Danse sacrée et danse profane
(Yonca Atar, harp)
Saygun, Allegretto: Partita for Solo 'Cello
(Lale Efendiev 'cello)
Schoenberg, Verklärte Nacht
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The concert took place during European Mobility Week, and is supported by Delegation of the European Union in Turkey, Adalar Belediyesii and İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyesi, in partnership with Ulysses Arts.
The performance lasted 75 minutes including pre-recorded messages from the EU Ambassador to Turkey and Adalar Municipality Mayor, and was watched one more than 20,000 separate devices worldwide. The performances will be released digitally by Ulysses Arts, starting with Warlock Capriol Suite on 18 December 2020.
Claraliz Mora describes her experience performing Micaela:
'Performing the role of Micaela, debuting it, was a team experience. It was thanks to the effort and hard work of many, many, people, that this wonderful opera Carmen could be made and performed. Especially thanks to Armando Mora, the leader of this project, the University of Xalapa, and conductor Lanfranco Marcelletti, that this beautiful creative project was accomplished. For me, it was just AN HONOUR to be part of this team. As an artist, when you get to do what you love, it's not work - it's a connection to something higher than yourself, and you cannot help but be grateful.
This aria is about a young woman who goes to a dangerous place to seek out and "save" the person she loves. Love is what drives her - what drives her past her fears - past her fear even of death. And this is exactly what art teaches us in this moment that we are living: it can be a fearful time, not knowing what to expect, what will happen, BUT you never should lose faith, and never should lose hope. Love is always there. It is a beacon.'
Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa conducted by Lanfranco Marcelletti Jr.
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Post-production: John Croft / Chiaro Audio (http://chiaro-audio.uk)
Cover design: Christian Bubenheim
UPC: 5054526850842 / https://www.facebook.com/events/2888369068062467
Latvian pianist and Vienna resident Anton Rosputko releases his debut recording, of Chopin, Piano Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58, on 28 August 2020.
Anton Rosputko was born in Jūrmala (Latvia) in 1993. Interntional awards include 1st Prize, Gradus ad Parnassum Competition (Kaunas, Lithuania); Third Open Russian Competition in Kaliningrad, 2nd Prize, Virtuosi per musica di pianoforte, Ústí nad Labem (Czech Republic), 3rd Prize; Schumer Prize in Enschede (Netherlands), 2nd Prize (2007) and 1st Prize (2010) at the Jūrmala International Competition. His main mentors have been Tatyana Pavlyuchenko, Jānis Maļeckis, Pavel Gililov and Boris Petrushansky.
Anton Rosputko was a participant of the Kaunas Festival in Lithuania in 2006 and 2010. As a soloist with orchestra he has performed with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra and Normunds Vaicis, Sinfonia Concertante Orchestra with Andris Vecumnieks, Kaunas City Orchestra and Modestas Pitrenas, Liepāja Symphony, and Amber Sound Orchestra with Tadeusz Wojciechowski. Anton Rosputko has performed widely in Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Italy, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Performance venues include the Great Hall and the Vienna Hall of the Mozarteum Foundation, Solitär Hall of the Mozarteum University, Great Concert Hall of the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich, Great Hall of the University of Music and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Theatre Leipzig, the Concert Hall of Kaliningrad Philharmoniс Society, Great Hall of Kaunas State Philharmonic Society; the Small Guild, Riga House of Moscow, Great Hall of Latvian National Opera and Dzintari Concert Hall.
Ulysses Arts is delighted to release pianist Thomas Kelly's debut recordings, starting with Liszt, Rhapsodie espagnole, on 21 August 2020. Chopin Nocturne in D-flat Op. 27 No. 2 follows on 4 September, and Schumann's Toccata Op. 7 on 25 September.
James Ross, director of Ulysses Arts, comments:
'It is a great pleasure to be launching Thomas Kelly's debut recording with Ulysses Arts on Friday 21 August, of Liszt's Rhapsodie espagnole. I first met Thomas when judging the The Purcell School's Senior Concerto Competition a few years back. He played Brahms' Second Piano Concerto. Beforehand I was sceptical about the likelihood of a 17-year old pianist being ready musically to interpret this work, however technically impressive or promising they were. I was wrong: Thomas' performance was utterly convincing and he won the first prize amongst a field of excellent finalists crowded with talent.
Since then I have had the pleasure of performing Rachmaninov PIano Concerto No. 1 with Thomas, and of hearing him continue to develop as a musician - it is therefore hugely exciting now to be releasing his work.'
Thomas is currently studying at the Royal College of Music in London with Andrew Ball. His three single releases will be followed by a full album in autumn 2020, including music by Sibelius, Prokofiev, Reubke and Tippett.
Liszt, Rhapsodie espagnole
Chopin, Nocturne in D-flat Op. 27 No. 2
Apple Music and iTunes: https://music.apple.com/gb/album/nocturnes-op-27-ii-lento-sostenuto-in-d-flat-major-single/1525771498
Schumann, Toccata Op. 27
Apple Music and iTunes: https://music.apple.com/gb/album/toccata-op-7-single/1525771268
SIGFRID'S UNBEATEN TRACKS - DISCOVERING THE WORLD OF KARG-ELERT, PERFORMED BY GRAHAM BARBER - DIGITAL ALBUM LAUNCH ON 7 AUGUST 2020
Ulysses Arts, in partnership with Fugue State Films, launches the digital version of Sigfrid's Unbeaten Tracks - music for Kunstharmonium by Karg-Elert, played on the Link-Gaida Organ of the Paulskirche, Ulm, by Graham Barber - on Friday 7 August.
From 33 Portraits, Op.101
Quasi Concertino per Clarinetto solo - alla Weber (No. 12)
Impromptu interrompu - alla Chopin (No. 14)
Vorspiel zu einem Drama - alla Wagner (No. 18)
Frauengunst - alla Johann Strauss (No. 20)
Duetto d’amore - alla Verdi (No. 19)
Am Hardanger Fjord - alla Grieg (No. 25)
Sonata No. 2, Op. 46
(first recording for organ)
I. Enharmonic Fantasie and Double Fugue (B-A-C-H)
Andrew Benson-Wilson writes: ‘This is a remarkable recording project in so many ways. This is music that ... [is] impressive and deserves being heard on a full-sized pipe organ. And Graham Barber’s transcription is well-conceived, notably in his writing for the pedal line, missing entirely in the harmonium version. His amendments to the musical text are appropriate, and the performance is masterly, notably in his choice of registrations.’
Musicweb International acclaimed Graham Barker's release as 'all superb performances, technically stunning and gloriously fluid in their coloristic properties' (Marc Rochester).
Download Sigfrid's Unbeaten Tracks now, on iTunes and Amazon Music, with extensive digital book. Live streaming links are below and at www.facebook.com/events/227200648260128
UPC 5054526946538; Catalogue Number FSRCD016
Tonmeister: Christian Starke
Art-work revision for digital version: Hannah Whale / Fruition Creative Concepts
DILLON JEFFARES ALBUM LAUNCHES - TARTINI'S DEVIL'S TRILL ON 3 JULY, BRAHMS VIOLIN SONATA NO. 3 ON 10 JULY; DEBUSSY, SZYMANOWSKY, FRANCK AND FALLA ON 24 JULY 2020
Dillon Jeffares launches Tartini's Sonata in G Minor, The Devil's Trill, on 3 July and Brahms, Sonata No.3, with pianist Kumi Matsuo, on 10 July on Apple, Spotify and all main streaming services.
'Tartini - lawyer, dueller, musician - was a larger-than-life artist and person. This maverick genius claimed he had 'made a pact with the devil', hearing in his dreams a 'Sonata so wonderful and beautiful as I have never conceived in my boldest flights of fantasy.' I was inspired by Henryk Szeryng's playing: mesmerised by his tone, rhythmic drive and probing musical intellect, I wanted to make this great music my own. In contrast, Brahms Sonata No.3 is one of the greatest duo works for violin and piano ever written, introvered yet deeply emotional.'
The Tartini and Brahms releases are followed on 24 July 2020 by a full album including Franck, Violin Sonata, Debussy, Beau Soir and Clair de Lune, Szymanowski, Nocturne and Tarantella and de Falla, Three Pieces from Seven Spanish Popular Songs. Dillon Jeffares plays with pianists Thomas Kelly (Szymanowsky), Damir Durmanovic (Franck and Debussy), and Kumi Matsuo (Falla).
Dillon Jeffares studies at The Royal College of Music in London with Lutsia Ibragimova. Previously he attended Harrow School, then The Yehudi Menuhin School. He is a laureate of the 2018 Leonid Kogan Violin Competition in Brussels; in 2019 he was awarded the first prize in The London and Paris Grand Prize Virtuoso International Competition, receiving also the ‘Best British Musician’ Prize. In 2020 he was selected as a finalist in the Anton Rubinstein Competition in Germany. He is supported by British charity Talent Unlimited.
He has participated in Riga’s Alion Baltic Music Festival and The Holland Music Sessions, working with Dr Felix Andrievsky, Pierre Amoyal and Takashi Shimizu. He has played for Maxim Vengerov and studied in masterclasses with Alina Ibragimova, Vadim Gluzman and Isabelle van Keulen. In 2016, Dillon was the recipient of a generous award from the Humphrey Richardson Taylor Trust and in 2015 he attended the USA Summit Music Festival for master-classes and concerts with Aaron Rosand.
Dillon has performed in the United Kingdom, France, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Turkey and Japan in venues such as the Amphitheatre of the Philharmonie de Paris, Brussels’ Royal Conservatory Concert Hall and Bozar, the Konzerthaus Berlin, London’s Wigmore Hall, Milton Court and King’s Place, the Banstead Arts Festival, Thaxted Festival, Gstaad Festival and Bergen Music Festival in The Netherlands. He is supported by UK music charity Talent Unlimited.
Kumi Matsuo, piano, has an international career as a solo pianist, chamber musician and accompanist. She studied at the Toho Gakuen College of Music, Tokyo, then at the Royal College of Music, London with John Blakely and Ashley Wass, winning its prestigious Artist Diploma with Distinction. In 2012 she won First Prize in the 6th Isidor Bajic Memorial Piano Competition in Serbia, and in 2013, First Prize in the 5th Louisiana International Piano Competition, USA. She is now on the staff at RCM as Duo Coach to the String Faculty, as well as accompanying other instruments.
Kumi made her London concerto debut in 2008 playing Ravel’s Piano Concerto for Left Hand in Cadogan Hall with the RCM Sinfonietta conducted by Peter Stark. The following year she played Schnittke’s Concerto Grosso No.1 with the RCM Chamber Orchestra in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, with Vladimir Jurowski, and in 2012 she played Prokofiev’s 3rd Piano Concerto with Martin André at the Royal College of Music. She has also performed with the Symphony Orchestras of Tokyo, Galicia, Banatul and Constanta in Romania, and in the USA, the Rapides in Louisiana, and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
As soloist and chamber musician Kumi has played extensively in the UK, USA, France, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, India and Japan. She made her New York debut at Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall in 2014 and an extensive recital tour in Louisiana in 2015.
Thomas Kelly was born in 1998. He passed Grade 8 with Distinction in 2006, and performed Mozart Piano Concerto No. 24 in Canterbury's Marlowe Theatre two years later. After moving to Cheshire, he regularly played in festivals, winning prizes including in the Birmingham Festival, 3rd prize in Young Pianist of The North 2012, and 1st prize in the 2014 Warrington Competition for Young Musicians. Since 2015, Thomas has studied with Andrew Ball, initially at the Purcell School for Young Musicians and now at Royal College of Music, where he is a third-year undergraduate.
Thomas has won first prizes including Pianale International Piano Competition 2017, Kharkiv Assemblies 2018, Lucca Virtuoso e Bel Canto festival 2018, RCM Joan Chissell Schumann competition 2019, Kendall Taylor Beethoven Competition 2019 and BPSE Intercollegiate Beethoven Competition 2019. He has also performed in venues including the Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Holy Trinity Sloane Square, St James' Piccadilly, Oxford Town Hall, St Mary's Perivale, St Paul's Bedford, Poole Lighthouse Arts Centre, Stoller Hall, Paris Conservatoire, the StreingreaberHaus in Bayreuth, the Teatro del Sale in Florence, in Vilnius and Palanga. Thomas' studies at RCM are generously supported by Pat Kendall-Taylor, Ms Daunt and Ms Stevenson and C. Bechstein pianos.
Damir Durmanovic began his studies at age of eight with Maja Azabagic, then at the Yehudi Menuhin School where he studied with Marcel Baudet. He is currently an ABRSM scholar at the Royal College of Music London, studying with Dmitri Alexeev.
Damir has performed in venues and festivals including the Wigmore Hall, Champs Hill Studios, YPF Festival Amsterdam, Wimbledon Music Festival, Renia Sofia Audotorium Madrid, Gstaad Menuhin Festival, Derby Multifaith Center, Flusserei Flums, 'Ballenlager' Vaduz. He has won prizes in numerous international competitions including The Beethoven Intercollegiate Junior Competition in London, Adilia Alieva International Piano Competition in Geneva and Isidor Bajic International Piano Competition in Novi Sad. He has performed in masterclasses with Claudio Martinez-Mehner,
Dmitri Bashkirov, Pascal Devoyon, Jacques Rouvier, Robert Levin, Jean-Bernard Pommier, Tatyana Sarkisova, and chamber ensembles such as the Emerson Quartet. Damir is also a scholar at the ''Musikakademie Liechtestein'' and regularly participates and performs at the events organised by the Academy there.
TARTINI, THE DEVIL'S TRILL
- Amazon Music
BRAHMS, VIOLIN SONATA NO. 3
- Amazon Music
DEBUSSY, SZYMANOWSKI, FRANCK AND FALLA
Tartini, Sonata in D Minor: The Devil's Trill (Kumi Matsuo, piano)
Brahms, Violin Sonata No.3 (Kumi Matsuo, piano)
Debussy, Beau Soir, arr. Jascha Heifetz (Damir Dumanovic, piano)
Szymanowski, Nocturne and Tarantella (Thomas Kelly, piano)
Franck, Violin Sonata (Damir Dumanovic, piano)
Falla: Nana, Polo and Asturiana from Suite popular espagnole, arr. Paul Kochanski (Kumi Matsuo, piano)
Debussy, Clair de lune, arr. Alexandre Roelens
Ulysses Arts introduces Franco-Belgian pianist Antoine Préat's debut recording of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No.31 in A-flat Major, Op.110 on Friday 19 June on ITunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer and all major streaming services.
The Beethoven release precedes Antoine Préat's full album 'Polyphony', also including works by J.S. Bach, Chopin and Scriabin, to be launched in autumn 2020. Antoine comments:
'Born into a Baroque-fanatic family in Paris, I grew up immersed in the sound of the 'cello and harpsichord. I have always been intruiged by polyphonic music, with deep emotion contained within a perfectly assembled puzzle. I decided to dedicate my debut album to this theme, with the Beethoven as a preview. A deaf Beethoven produced this gem of virtuous wisdom, tragedy and vulnerability, culminating in an amazing fugue. It is a testament to an incredible craftsman, an honest poet and a philosopher in music.'
Described as 'one of the most gifted artists of the younger generation' and 'a young artist with a distinctive voice', Antoine Préat made his orchestral debut aged 17 playing Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto. He has performed at the Salle Cortot, Salle Gaveau and Beaux Arts Museum in Paris, Thayer Hall in Los Angeles, Freydrick Chopin Institute, Warsaw and the Wigmore Hall, London. His performances have been broadcasted by the BBC and France Musique.
Antoine studied at the Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris and at the Royal Academy of Music, London, with Tatiana Sarkissova, winning the Colin Murray Award, Vivian Langrish Award and Bache Fund Award, where he is now a postgraduate student with Christopher Elton.
Décrit comme "un jeune artiste doté d'une voix particulière", Antoine Préat se distingue par des débuts très prometteurs en tant que soliste et chambriste.
Né en août 1997, ce pianiste franco-belge débute l'apprentissage du piano à l'âge de 9 ans à Paris. Un an plus tard, il joue en public pour la première fois Salle Gaveau.
Antoine fait ses débuts avec orchestre à 17ans, jouant le deuxième concerto de Rachmaninov avec l'Orchestre d'Alicante, et se produit régulièrement en tant que soliste avec des orchestres tels que le London Student Orchestra, le Tonerl Chamber Orchestra, les Sainsbury Soloists, l'orchestre de l'Académie Royale et le Resonate Chamber Ensemble. Il est invité à se produire dans différents festivals tels que le Festival Chopin à Nohant, Chopin à Bagatelle, les Concerts d'Esther, Marathon Chopin (pour son bicentenaire), les Nuits du piano à Paris, Jeunes talents, et l'Encuentro de Santander. Il se produit régulièrement en tant que soliste et en musique de chambre à travers la France ainsi qu'en Europe et aux Etats Unis, dans des salles telles que le Wigmore Hall, la Salle Cortot, la Salle Gaveau, l'Equinoxe, Schloss Glienicke, l'Institut Frederyk Chopin et le Petit Palais.
Formé au CNR de Paris puis à l'École Normale Alfred Cortot, d'où il sortira diplômé à l'unanimité à 17 ans, il a notamment été élève de deux héritiers de l'Ecole Russe : Guigla Katsarava, élève de Lev Naumov, et Ludmila Berlinskaia, "protégée" de Sviatoslav Richter.
Marqué par cet enseignement russe, Antoine a choisi de poursuivre sa formation à la Royal Academy of Music de Londres, dans la classe de Tatiana Sarkissova où il a reçu le Colin Murray Award et le Vivian Langrish Award après avoir obtenu les plus hauts résultats de l’institution, et termine actuellement son Master auprès de Christopher Elton.
Record Number: UA000019
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