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Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber / Johann Sebastian Bach / Béla Bartók / Luciano Berio

Liza Ferschtman

Biber | Bartók | Berio | Bach

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  • Type SACD
  • Label Challenge Classics
  • UPC 0608917263527
  • Catalog number CC 72635
  • Release date 07 April 14

About the album

"This is an invitation: an invitation to join me in an adventure. It would normally take place in the concert hall, because the combination of pieces I’m presenting to you here is not a typical programme for a CD. It’s an overwhelming recital that demands a great deal not only from me as the musician, but also from you as the audience. When I play this recital in a concert setting, which I’ve done on many occasions, I always find it to be a battle, where I’m reaching for my own limits and for the audience’s limits. But this is a constructive battle. The battle is the pathway and at the end of it we’re in a better place. From the stage, I can take the audience by the hand as stunning beauty alternates with uncomfortable and what can even be almost ugly sounds.

These are exactly the pieces I wanted to record. This is a highly personal program. It’s a program of contradictions: the ostensible simplicity of Biber and Bach contrasting with the complexity of Bartók and Berio. It’s emotional but at the same time highly cerebral.

Bach’s Chaconne is the focal point, to which the works of Bartok and Berio make strong references , making it the core of this programme. Biber’s Passacaglia provides focus, with its persistent repeated cadence of the four falling notes. This pulse underpins the entire recital: sometimes hidden and barely audible, like a sort of primeval pulse (as in the Berio), and sometimes quite clear. Bartók’s Sonata is a real masterpiece, It’s the pinnacle of what is possible on the violin, without having virtuosity as its objective. The consonance – or actually the battle – between two notes lies at the heart of Berio’s Sequenza VIII. This also presents us with a degree of ugliness. But after the powerful confrontations, as the music gradually subsides in volume these two notes end up forming a brotherly union. The battle has led to some good after all."
Liza Ferschtman

Liza Ferschtman in the 20 year-Anniversary of the Zondag Ochtend Concert

05-09-2014

image For the Anniversary of 20 years of Sunday Morning Concert a special programme is created not only inside the Concertgebouw, but also outside in the open air, at the Museumplein! This will be a great musical party on Radio 4 and at the Museumplein! Liza Ferschtman likes very much the contrasts in the programme of this concert, she can show the public different sides of herself. Years ago she had her ...

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She finds sounds and interpretative insights so contrasting across her four stratlingly diverse pieces that you'd swear she wasn't alone.
It's a remarable disc, profound in its insights and searing in its sincerity.
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