Jelena & Ljerka Očić

The BaRock Experience - Masterpieces for cello and organ

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Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917260724
Catnr: CC 72607
Release date: 27 September 2013
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Challenge Classics
UPC
0608917260724
Catalogue number
CC 72607
Release date
27 September 2013

"These beautifully recorded performances on cello and organ are certainly free in spirit, but they offer theatre and imagination, really bringing the spirit of the genre to life."

The Strad, 01-4-2014
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About the album

“The recording of this CD I can describe as one of my most beautiful and most exciting musical experiences. I always enjoy playing with my sister Jelena, but this time our bonding rose to an even higher level of empathy, and it became a search for new and adventurous artistic expression.“

Inspiration, imagination and improvisational ideas led both musicians to new musical lines that Vivaldi and Barrière might have use. The continuo got more autonomy in the musical interaction.

The French cellist and composer Jean-Baptiste Barrière started his career as a privileges by King Louis XV at Fontainebleau. To his Majesty he wrote several sonatas which are still known for their sensitivity and fine tonality, their emotional resonance and deep sonority.

Three books of chamber music by Antonio Vivaldi present exquisite sonatas with fine melodies and expressive harmonies. Jelena and Ljerka Ocic present three of those which both loved most.
Twee zussen in een unieke bezetting
Het is geen unicum dat familieleden samen muziek maken, maar deze bijzondere combinatie van twee zussen die cello en orgel spelen zien we niet vaak. Voor dit debuutalbum hebben ze gekozen voor de relatief onbekende Franse componist Jean-Baptiste Barrière in combinatie met drie sonates van Antonio Vivaldi.
Barrière was een cellist en componist die zijn carrière begon in dienst van koning Lodewijk XV in Fontainebleau. Voor Zijne majesteit schreef hij een aantal sonates die nog steeds bekend staan om hun gevoeligheid, fraaie tonaliteit en heldere klanken. In tegenstelling tot Barrière schreef Vivaldi zijn cellosonates niet om zelf te spelen, maar voor zijn studenten. In drie boeken van kamermuziek heeft Vivaldi zijn sonates voor het publiek gepresenteerd en Jelena en Ljerka Očić hebben hun drie favoriete uitgekozen. Ondanks dat uit deze werken de virtuositeit van Vivaldi klinkt, behoren deze sonates tot zijn minder bekende werken die zelden worden uitgevoerd. In deze unieke, onorthodoxe bezetting van cello en orgel brengen ze het werk tot leven als nooit tevoren.

Jelena Očić is een geroemd celliste die vaak nieuwe manieren zoekt om bekend materiaal in een nieuw daglicht te zetten. Ze speelt vaak samen met Vladimir Mendelssohn, Julius Berger, Marco Rizzi en de pianisten Jose Gallardo and Federico Lovato. Daarnaast is zij honorair hoogleraar aan de Universiteit van Mannheim en is ze regelmatig jurylid in internationale muziekcompetities. Op dit album speelt ze samen met haar zus Ljerka Očić, één van de meest vooraanstaande musici in Kroatië. Ljerka is professor aan de universiteit van Zagreb en heeft meer dan 20 albums opgenomen.
Barocksonaten für Cello und Orgel - einmalige Besetzung mitreissender Werke in phantasievollen Interpretationen.

Mit ihren phantasievollen Interpretationen versuchen Jelena und Ljerka Ocic weit über die rein notierte und vom Komponisten intendierte Musik hinauszugehen. Sie lassen sich selber mitreissen und gewinnen den Werken von Vivaldi und Barrière neue Dimensionen ab. Das Cello mit seinen Kantilenen dominiert, jedoch wird die Orgel durch das Improvisationstalent von Ljerka Ocic zu einem orchestral begleitenden Klangkörper.

Artist(s)

Jelena Očić
The late Siegfried Palm, great interpreter of contemporary music, wrote of Jelena Očić, “she is one of the leading talents for contemporary music”. Bernard Greenhouse, founding cellist of the Beaux Arts Trio, said “I know no superior female cellist in her generation.” Jelena Očić was born in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. Having completed her musical studies in her native city with honors at an early age, she took up residence in Germany to further her artistic spectrum under the guidance of esteemed American-born cellist Michael Flaksman at the Musikhochschule in Mannheim, where she is currently the youngest member of the string faculty. Among her students are winners of international competitions and members of major orchestras.

Spectacular in temperament and profound in her interpretations of the cello literature from Beethoven to Ginastera and living composers, Jelena Ocic leaves an unforgettable impression on her audiences. Her flaming red hair and dramatic gesture enhance the communicative power of her unique cello tone. Not only Palm and Greenhouse but also Leslie Parnas, Mischa Maisky and Heinrich Schiff, have given inspiration on her way to becoming a unique and powerful musical personality.
Yehudi Menuhin Festival, Kronberg, Ascoli Piceno are some of the festivals in which she has appeared as soloist or in chamber music, and she has been featured with leading chamber orchestras such as "Solisti di Zagreb", the “German Chamber Orchestra”, the “Chamber Orchestra of Padua and the Veneto” and the “Korean Chamber Ensemble”, and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe.
Among her chamber music partners have been Konstantin Bogino, Ulrike-Anima Mathé, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Yuri Gandelsman and the recently deceased
Greenhouse, to whose memory her most recent Challenge CD (Beethoven’s “Kreutzer Sonata”) is dedicated. Numerous composers (Cornell, Šenderovas, Dott, Sorg, Prohaska, etc.) have dedicated works to her. Her recordings with Federico Lovato for Challenge Classics of Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” transcription, sonatas by Ginastera, Hindemith and Kabalewsky, as well as contemporary works, have been adjudged superb by the critics.

Press

These beautifully recorded performances on cello and organ are certainly free in spirit, but they offer theatre and imagination, really bringing the spirit of the genre to life.
The Strad, 01-4-2014

Ljerka plays the big organ subtily and fantasticly colors the cello of Jelena
Luister, 03-2-2014

(...) one can not help but admire the improvisatory orchestral textures the Ljerka manages to achieve on the organ.
Early Music Review, 01-2-2014

An intensive interpretation like this that the croation sisters are offering here might not be something for everyone, but they handle to create 80 minutes of bristling emotional tension.
Fono Forum, 01-1-2014

Disc of the day
Words&Music, 16-12-2013

The close bond between these two musicians, that you can feel in every note, make this release totally worth listening
Crescendo, 01-7-2013

These beautifully recorded performances on cello and organ are certainly free in spirit, but they offer theatre and imagination, really bringing the spirit of the genre to life.
The Strad

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01.
Cello Sonate No.3 in E Minor [1733] [Jean Barriere] : I. Adagio
01:49
02.
Cello Sonate No.3 in E Minor [1733] [Jean Barriere] : II. Allegro
01:51
03.
Cello Sonate No.3 in E Minor [1733] [Jean Barriere] : III. Adagio
03:03
04.
Cello Sonate No.3 in E Minor [1733] [Jean Barriere] : IV. Aria grazioso
03:17
05.
Cello Sonate No.3 in E Minor [1733] [Jean Barriere] : V. Altro
02:35
06.
Cello Sonata No.5 in E Minor, RV.40 [1740] Antonio Vivaldi : I. Largo
04:47
07.
Cello Sonata No.5 in E Minor, RV.40 [1740] Antonio Vivaldi : II. Allegro
02:48
08.
Cello Sonata No.5 in E Minor, RV.40 [1740] Antonio Vivaldi : III. Largo
03:00
09.
Cello Sonata No.5 in E Minor, RV.40 [1740] Antonio Vivaldi : IV. Allegro
02:04
10.
Cello Sonate No.2 in G Minor [1733] Jean Barriere : I. Andante
02:55
11.
Cello Sonate No.2 in G Minor [1733] Jean Barriere: II. Allemanda Allergo
02:20
12.
Cello Sonate No.2 in G Minor [1733] Jean Barriere: III. Adagio
02:50
13.
Cello Sonate No.2 in G Minor [1733] Jean Barriere: IV. Aria Grazioso
03:14
14.
Cello Sonate No.2 in G Minor [1733] Jean Barriere: V. Eltro
02:30
15.
Cello Sonata No.3 in A Minor, RV.43 [1740] Antonio Vivaldi : I. Largo
03:42
16.
Cello Sonata No.3 in A Minor, RV.43 [1740] Antonio Vivaldi : II. Allegro
02:53
17.
Cello Sonata No.3 in A Minor, RV.43 [1740] Antonio Vivaldi : III. Largo
05:20
18.
Cello Sonata No.3 in A Minor, RV.43 [1740] Antonio Vivaldi : IV. Allegro
02:45
19.
Cello Sonate No.1 in B Minor [1733] Jean Barriere: I. Adagio
02:18
20.
Cello Sonate No.1 in B Minor [1733] Jean Barriere: II. Alegro
03:50
21.
Cello Sonate No.1 in B Minor [1733] Jean Barriere: III. Adagio
01:43
22.
Cello Sonate No.1 in B Minor [1733] Jean Barriere: V. Andante {Da capo-Adagio al fine]
02:17
23.
Cello Sonate No.1 in B Minor [1733] Jean Barriere: V. Alegro
03:34
24.
Cello Sonata No.6 in B-flat Major, V.46 [1740] Antonio Vivaldi: I. Largo
02:51
25.
Cello Sonata No.6 in B-flat Major, V.46 [1740] Antonio Vivaldi: II. Allegro
03:05
26.
Cello Sonata No.6 in B-flat Major, V.46 [1740] Antonio Vivaldi: III. Largo
02:49
27.
Cello Sonata No.6 in B-flat Major, V.46 [1740] Antonio Vivaldi: IV. Allegro
02:47
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