Despite those who sought to get Michala Petri to play a “real” instrument, she saw the possibilities of the old-fashioned instrument. From the beginning of her formal studies, she’s had composers writing for her. And she, in turn, has challenged them to create contemporary music that is as accessible as Baroque music.
Titled ‘In Gloucestershire,’ the work captures in sound the feelings that Howell had when he would go walking through Gloucestershire with his friend, the composer and poet Ivor Gurney (1890-1937).
Quayle musically characterizes his life in New York as a graduate student at NYU, including a labour strike, the struggles with completing a Ph.D., and the chaos of the city all in one quartet.
From the Twenties and the Berlin of the Weimar Republic until his emigration to the United States, of his return to Vienna after the end of Nazi period up to his last days in East Berlin, Hanns Eisler's life was a long exile...
This recording is devoted to piano works, by the Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov, from various creative periods of his life.
The three previously unpublished and unrecorded chamber works in this programme were all written after Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s enforced move to the United States from his native Italy.
The programme for Exaltation is drawn from Medieval and Baroque Europe, Turkey and the Near East, and includes beautiful examples of the Sephardic and Sufi traditions.
The tapestry of drama, refinement and expressive lyricism in Dag Wirén’s four string quartets (the First Quartet was withdrawn) provides a substantial overview of his musical evolution over 35 years.