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Oscillations

Einav Yarden

Oscillations

Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917259926
Catnr: CC 72599
Release date: 10 May 2013
1 CD
 
Label
Challenge Classics
UPC
0608917259926
Catalogue number
CC 72599
Release date
10 May 2013

"Einav employs superb dynamic sense, stellar pedaling technique, and exceptional “voice-leading” – the ability to find and tease out internal melodies from a massive cornucopia of notes – to make the piano tell a tale."

DC Metro Theater Arts, 23-12-2014
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About the album

The pianist Einav Yarden juxtaposes two composers in Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) and Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) who are rarely named in one breath. While the name of Beethoven is mostly heard in the “classical triad” along with Haydn and Mozart, we usually group Stravinsky with Schönberg, especially as Theodor W. Adorno pronounced the two composers as antipodes and hence associated one with the other.
But Beethoven and Stravinsky?

For Beethoven, the piano was a central instrument, which gave him the opportunity of shining equally both as composer and pianist.
Five piano concertos, 32 sonatas, numerous variation works, bagatelles, individual pieces etc. demonstrate the purely numerical significance of the piano for Beethoven. In direct comparison, Igor Stravinsky’s oeuvre for piano is quickly browsed through. Three works for piano and orchestra, the sonata of 1924, some early works, etudes, barely a dozen individual pieces, some works for two pianos. But despite this rather sparse oeuvre, the piano was a central instrument also for Stravinsky. “Every note I wrote,” said Stravinsky, “was tried out on this instrument, every interval singly tested, heard again and again.” And Stravinsky, too, wrote piano works for himself to perform in the concert hall. particularly after 1920.
Op dit album speelt pianiste Einav Yarden werken van Ludwig van Beethoven en Igor Stravinsky, componisten die maar zelden in één adem genoemd worden. Beethoven wordt meestal geassocieerd met de 'Weense klassieken' waar Haydn en Mozart ook onder gerekend worden. Stravinsky, op zijn beurt, wordt in verband gebracht met Schönberg omdat deze twee componisten volgens socioloog Theodor W. Adorno elkaars tegenhangers zijn. Beethoven en Stravinsky samen is dus een aparte combinatie.


De piano een belangrijk instrument

Voor Beethoven was de piano het belangrijkste instrument en dat hield in dat hij als componist en als pianist kon uitblinken. Zijn vijf piano concerto’s, 32 sonata’s, talrijke variaties, bagatelles en individuele stukken bewijzen hoeveel de piano voor Beethoven betekende. Met Igor Stravinsky’s oeuvre voor piano daarentegen zijn we snel klaar. Het bevat drie werken voor piano en orkest, de sonate van 1924, enkele etudes, nauwelijks een dozijn aan individuele werken en een paar stukken voor twee piano’s. Maar ondanks dit magere oeuvre was de piano ook voor Stravinsky een belangrijk instrument. “Iedere noot die ik schrijf,” zei Stravinsky, “heb ik op dit instrument uitgeprobeerd; elke interval heb ik afzonderlijk gespeeld en iedere keer weer opnieuw beluisterd.”

Enthousiast kamermuzikant

Einav Yarden werd in 1978 in Israel geboren. Ze studeerde onder anderen bij de Amerikaanse pianist en dirigent Leon Fleisher. Als soliste trad ze op met gerenommeerde orkesten en dirigenten. Einav is een enthousiast kamermuzikant en wordt regelmatig voor verschillende muziekprojecten uitgenodigd. Einav Yarden wordt geprezen om haar “uitzonderlijk levendige articulatie…onderzoekende, verhalende, vloeiende spel” (General Anzeiger, Duitsland) en haar “fonkelende vervoering…ingenieuze humor” (Tagesspiegel, Duitsland).
Beethoven und Strawinsky im direkten Nebeneinander wird zum Gewinn für Klaviermusik-Fans.

Die Pianistin Einav Yarden wurde 1978 in Israel geboren und sutdierte unter anderem bei Leon Fleisher. Als Solistin konzertierte sie mit renommierten Orchestern und Dirigenten, ist begeisterte Kammermusikerin und wird regelmäßig zu Projekten mit zeitgenössischer Musik eingeladen. Mit ihrer Aufnahme geht sie auch heute noch selten beschrittenen Weg und stellt Werke von Ludwig van Beethoven neben einige von Igor Strawinsky. Für Klassik-Hörer des 21. Jahrhunderts kein Schreck, sondern eine Herausforderung zur spannungsreichen Neuentdeckung von Alt-Bekanntem und Bewährtem.

Artist(s)

Einav Yarden (piano)

Pianist Einav Yarden is praised for her “…imagination and exceptionally vivid playing…Sense of immense majesty, tempered by gentleness and quiet grace” (The Washington Post, USA), and “glistening rapture…ingenious humor” (Der Tagesspiegel, Germany). She appeared as a soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestera, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, Jerusalem Symphony, Bucharest Philharmonic, Calgary Philharmonic and others, under conductors as Sir Neville Marriner, Aldo Ceccato, Steven Sloane, Leon Botstein, Frédéric Chaslin, Simon Halsey and Mendi Rodan.  Her engagements over the past seasons include solo performances at the 92nd Street Y in NYC, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, Salle Cortot in Paris, Nikolaisaal in Potsdam, Musis Arnhem in the Netherlands, and a solo performance at the...
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Pianist Einav Yarden is praised for her “…imagination and exceptionally vivid playing…Sense of immense majesty, tempered by gentleness and quiet grace” (The Washington Post, USA), and “glistening rapture…ingenious humor” (Der Tagesspiegel, Germany). She appeared as a soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestera, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, Jerusalem Symphony, Bucharest Philharmonic, Calgary Philharmonic and others, under conductors as Sir Neville Marriner, Aldo Ceccato, Steven Sloane, Leon Botstein, Frédéric Chaslin, Simon Halsey and Mendi Rodan.

Her engagements over the past seasons include solo performances at the 92nd Street Y in NYC, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, Salle Cortot in Paris, Nikolaisaal in Potsdam, Musis Arnhem in the Netherlands, and a solo performance at the Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth, subbing in for the international star Daniil Trifonov with just a few hours’ notice, and leaving the audience “deeply overjoyed and impressed” (Piano News, Germany). Other celebrated stages on which she has performed include the Berlin Philharmonie and the Philharmonie Chamber Music Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center in New York, the Beethoven-Haus Bonn, Concertgebouw de Vereeniging in Nijgmegen, Schumannsaal in Düsseldorf, Musée d’Orsay Auditorium in Paris, and others.

Einav Yarden released three solo CDs on the label Challenge Classics, all of which received highly enthusiastic international acclaim on leading international magazines as Gramophone, Fono Forum, Diapason, Piano News Magazine, Fanfare Magazine, Luister Magazine, International Piano Magazine, Amadeus Magazine and many others. Her Haydn Sonatas CD was awarded the prestigious German Records Critics’ Prize (Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik - Bestenliste). Her fourth CD with this label is scheduled to be released in spring 2023.

She is a passionate chamber musician and enthusiastically incorporates unique repertoire into her programs. Major festival appearances include the Ruhr Piano Festival (Germany), La Roque d’Anthéron International Piano Festival (France), Ravinia Festival (USA), Verbier Festival (Switzerland), Menton Festival, and Flâneries Musicales de Reims Festival (France), Piano Biennale Festival (Netherlands), Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, Upper-Galilee Chamber Music Festival (Israel), and others.
Einav Yarden taught chamber music at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg from 2016-18 and served as part-time substitute professor of piano at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main, and at the Music Conservatory of the Lucerne University and at the in subsequent years. Among her competition awards are top prizes at the International Beethoven Piano Competition in Bonn, the Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition and top prizes at the Aviv Competitions in Israel, where she was awarded the piano Guralnik Prize and the prize for best performance of contemporary Israeli work.

She was a longtime student of the legendary pianist Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore (Johns Hopkins University), and prior to that studied with Prof. Emanuel Krasovsky at Tel Aviv University, earning high honors for her Bachelors and Masters degrees at both universities. In her youth she studied with Hadassa Gonen at the Israeli Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv. Other strong influences were received from Richard Goode, Elisso Virsaldaze and Prof. Zvi Meniker (on historical pianos). She was a recipient of the AICF scholarships between 1996-2005. She currently resides in Berlin, Germany.


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Composer(s)

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include nine symphonies, five piano concertos, one violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, his great Mass the Missa solemnis, and one opera, Fidelio. Together with Mozart and Haydn, he was part of the First Viennese School.    Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire, Beethoven displayed his musical talents at an early age and was taught by his father Johann van Beethoven and by composer and conductor Christian Gottlob...
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Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include nine symphonies, five piano concertos, one violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, his great Mass the Missa solemnis, and one opera, Fidelio. Together with Mozart and Haydn, he was part of the First Viennese School. Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire, Beethoven displayed his musical talents at an early age and was taught by his father Johann van Beethoven and by composer and conductor Christian Gottlob Neefe. At the age of 21 he moved to Vienna, where he began studying composition with Joseph Haydn, and gained a reputation as a virtuoso pianist. He lived in Vienna until his death. By his late 20s his hearing began to deteriorate, and by the last decade of his life he was almost totally deaf. In 1811 he gave up conducting and performing in public but continued to compose; many of his most admired works come from these last 15 years of his life.

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Igor Stravinsky

Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. He is widely considered one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century.   Stravinsky's compositional career was notable for its stylistic diversity. He first achieved international fame with three ballets commissioned by the impresario Sergei Diaghilev and first performed in Paris by Diaghilev's Ballets Russes: The Firebird (1910), Petrushka (1911) and The Rite of Spring (1913). The last of these transformed the way in which subsequent composers thought about rhythmic structure and was largely responsible for Stravinsky's enduring reputation as a musical revolutionary who pushed the boundaries of musical design. His 'Russian phase' which continued with works such as Renard, The Soldier's Tale and Les Noces, was followed...
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Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. He is widely considered one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century.
Stravinsky's compositional career was notable for its stylistic diversity. He first achieved international fame with three ballets commissioned by the impresario Sergei Diaghilev and first performed in Paris by Diaghilev's Ballets Russes: The Firebird (1910), Petrushka (1911) and The Rite of Spring (1913). The last of these transformed the way in which subsequent composers thought about rhythmic structure and was largely responsible for Stravinsky's enduring reputation as a musical revolutionary who pushed the boundaries of musical design. His "Russian phase" which continued with works such as Renard, The Soldier's Tale and Les Noces, was followed in the 1920s by a period in which he turned to neoclassical music. The works from this period tended to make use of traditional musical forms (concerto grosso, fugue and symphony), drawing on earlier styles, especially from the 18th century. This style was often referred to as Neoclassicism. In the 1950s, Stravinsky adopted serial procedures. His compositions of this period shared traits with examples of his earlier output: rhythmic energy, the construction of extended melodic ideas out of a few two- or three-note cells and clarity of form, and of instrumentation.

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Press

Einav employs superb dynamic sense, stellar pedaling technique, and exceptional “voice-leading” – the ability to find and tease out internal melodies from a massive cornucopia of notes – to make the piano tell a tale.
DC Metro Theater Arts, 23-12-2014

Ms. Yarden’s sparkling articulation almost jumps off the disk
DC Metro Theater Arts, 09-12-2014

She paires Beethoven with Stravinsky to striking effect, merging that unlikely couple with imagination and exceptionally vivid playing.
Washington Post, 08-12-2014

ConcertoNet - 15/10/2014
ConcertoNet, 15-10-2014

Almost too beautiful
Fono Forum, 01-3-2014

"I listened to the two Beethoven sonatas first, and it was immediately apparant that a great virtue of Einav Yarden's playing is that she not only observes Beethoven's dynamics and articulation marks scrupulously but (and this is much more important) she understands the reason for his markings, so that it is their musical significamce that she conveys to the listener"
International Records, 18-12-2013

"The pieces of Beethoven, which should illustrate her vision, she chose very well"
Luister, 04-11-2013

In the middle of the serenity of the rarely heard pieces of Stravinsky on this album, we hear sudden moments of silence and tensions by building a climax, even when continuity would be more obvious.
Luister, 01-11-2013

"Yarden has clearly absorbed a profound understanding of Romantic and modern pianism"
International Piano, 23-10-2013

''It is a living music, designed to titillate and amuse the player''  
Opzij, 05-9-2013

Yarden's fingers are brink, the recording has esprit and is of high entertainment value
Jüdische Allgemeine, 01-8-2013

''The Israeli pianist Einav Yarden draws attention to the original composite album Oscillations, that Beethoven and Stravinsky links together.''  
NRC , 25-7-2013

Einav Yarden has an excellent feeling for musical moods and a masterly culture of touch and piano precence
Deutschlandfunk, 14-7-2013

"The genius thing with Yarden is primarily her unprecedented high pianism in terms of the ultimate mastery of her instrument (no wish rests unfulfilled!), but most of all, the way in which all these diverse characters, not only within the program as a whole but also in the different pieces, managed to come together into a seamless exemplary total, especially in dramaturgical respect."  
www.opusklassiek.nl, 01-7-2013

A fascinating debut-CD of a wunderful musician
Piano News, 01-7-2013

Bright and intensive playing
The Independent, 29-6-2013

A striking and succesful choice of repertoire, a succesful debut.
Platomania, 07-6-2013

In an era where the concept of an album hardly ever exists, it’s a delight to listen to a CD that has a beginning, middle and end. Fascinating.
Haaretz Newspaper, Israel

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01.
Sonata no. 10 in G major, op. 14/2: Allegro
06:56
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Einav Yarden
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Sonata no. 10 in G major, op. 14/2: Andante
05:09
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Einav Yarden
03.
Sonata no. 10 in G major, op. 14/2: Scherzo: Allegro assai
03:28
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Einav Yarden
04.
Sonata for piano: Quarter note = 112
03:12
(Igor Stravinsky) Einav Yarden
05.
Sonata for piano: Adagietto
05:02
(Igor Stravinsky) Einav Yarden
06.
Sonata for piano: Quarter note = 112
02:30
(Igor Stravinsky) Einav Yarden
07.
Sonata no. 6 in F major, op. 10/2: Allegro
05:55
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Einav Yarden
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Sonata no. 6 in F major, op. 10/2: Allegretto
04:23
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Einav Yarden
09.
Sonata no. 6 in F major, op. 10/2: Presto
04:05
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Einav Yarden
10.
Polka
00:50
(Igor Stravinsky) Einav Yarden
11.
Valse
01:59
(Igor Stravinsky) Einav Yarden
12.
Le Cinq Doits: Moderato
00:38
(Igor Stravinsky) Einav Yarden
13.
Le Cinq Doits: Larghetto
01:23
(Igor Stravinsky) Einav Yarden
14.
Valse pour les Enfants
01:00
(Igor Stravinsky) Einav Yarden
15.
Piano-Rag Music
03:18
(Igor Stravinsky) Einav Yarden
16.
Tango
03:10
(Igor Stravinsky) Einav Yarden
17.
Eleven Bagatelles op. 119: No. 1 in G minor. Allegretto
02:32
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Einav Yarden
18.
Eleven Bagatelles op. 119: No. 2 in C major. Andante con moto
00:56
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Einav Yarden
19.
Eleven Bagatelles op. 119: No. 3 in D major. A l’Allemande
02:08
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Einav Yarden
20.
Eleven Bagatelles op. 119: No. 4 in A major. Andante cantabile
01:56
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Einav Yarden
21.
Eleven Bagatelles op. 119: No. 5 in C minor. Risoluto
01:14
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Einav Yarden
22.
Eleven Bagatelles op. 119: No. 6 in G major. Andante – Allegretto
01:44
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Einav Yarden
23.
Eleven Bagatelles op. 119: No. 7 in C major. Allegro, ma non troppo
01:08
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Einav Yarden
24.
Eleven Bagatelles op. 119: No. 8 in C major. Moderato cantabile
02:11
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Einav Yarden
25.
Eleven Bagatelles op. 119: No. 9 in A minor. Vivace moderato
00:41
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Einav Yarden
26.
Eleven Bagatelles op. 119: No. 10 in A major. Allegramente
00:14
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Einav Yarden
27.
Eleven Bagatelles op. 119: No. 11 in B flat major. Andante, ma non troppo
02:06
(Ludwig van Beethoven) Einav Yarden
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