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Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in D minor / Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Orchestra

Tamsin Waley-Cohen / Huw Watkins

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in D minor / Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Orchestra

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Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212034224
Catnr: SIGCD 342
Release date: 01 September 2013
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Signum Classics
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0635212034224
Catalogue number
SIGCD 342
Release date
01 September 2013

"Togheter with the Orchestra of the Swan and pianist Huw Watkins, Waley-Cohen builds a party"

Luister, 07-3-2014
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About the album

Outstanding British-violinist Tamsin-Waley Cohen—described by the late Ruggiero Ricci following a masterclass as the 'most exceptionally gifted young violinist I have ever encountered'—performs a fittingly prodigious work by Felix Mendelssohn. The Violin Concerto in D minor was composed when Mendelssohn was just 13 and is paired with his Concerto for Violin and Piano. Waley-Cohen is joined by British pianist Huw Watkins alongside the Orchestra of the Swan conducted by David Curtis.
Wonderbaarlijke werken van Mendelssohn uitgevoerd door voortreffelijke violiste
De voortreffelijke violiste Tamsin Waley-Cohen voert op dit album een wonderbaarlijk werk van Felix Mendelssohn uit. Ruggiero Ricci, die een masterclass gaf waaraan zij deelnam, omschreef haar als “de meest uitzonderlijk begaafde jonge violiste die ik ooit heb ontmoet” – voert op dit album een wonderbaarlijk werk van Felix Mendelssohn uit.

Het Vioolconcert in d klein werd gecomponeerd toen Mendelssohn slechts dertien jaar oud was, en is sinds zijn herontdekking in het midden van de 20e eeuw door Yehudi Menuhin populair gebleven bij het publiek over de hele wereld. Het werk wordt op dit album gekoppeld aan Mendelssohns Concert voor Viool en Piano, waarin Waley-Cohen ondersteund wordt door de Britse pianist Huw Watkins, onder de enthousiaste begeleiding van het Orchestra of the Swan onder leiding van David Curtis.

Tamsin Waley-Cohen schreef over de werken op het album: “Toen ik voor het eerst kennis maakte met deze twee vroege concerten van Mendelssohn, werd ik geboeid door de jeugdige geest die van de pagina’s af lijkt te springen. (…) Beiden zijn een genot om te spelen, vanwege hun schoonheid en schittering, en omdat ze ons terugbrengen naar de tienerwereld van eindeloze ontdekkingen en mogelijkheden.”

Artist(s)

Tamsin Waley-Cohen

Born in London in 1986, Tamsin Waley-Cohen enjoys an adventurous and varied career. In addition to concerts with the Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonic and BBC orchestras, amongst others, she has been associate artist with the Orchestra of the Swan and works with conductors including Andrew Litton and Tamás Vásáry. She enjoys a duo partnership with Huw Watkins, whose Concertino she premiered, and together they have recorded for Champs Hill and Signum Records, for whom she is a Signum Classics Artist. With her sister, composer Freya Waley-Cohen, and architects Finbarr O’Dempsey and Andrew Skulina, she holds an Open Space residency at Aldeburgh. Her love of chamber music led her to start the Honeymead Festival, now in its ninth year, and she...
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Born in London in 1986, Tamsin Waley-Cohen enjoys an adventurous and varied career. In addition to concerts with the Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonic and BBC orchestras, amongst others, she has been associate artist with the Orchestra of the Swan and works with conductors including Andrew Litton and Tamás Vásáry. She enjoys a duo partnership with Huw Watkins, whose Concertino she premiered, and together they have recorded for Champs Hill and Signum Records, for whom she is a Signum Classics Artist. With her sister, composer Freya Waley-Cohen, and architects Finbarr O’Dempsey and Andrew Skulina, she holds an Open Space residency at Aldeburgh. Her love of chamber music led her to start the Honeymead Festival, now in its ninth year, and she is also artistic director of the Sunday Series at London’s Tricycle Theatre. In 2016-2017 she will be a recipient of the ECHO Rising Stars Awards. She studied at the Royal College of Music and her teachers included Itzhak Rashkovsky, Ruggiero Ricci, and András Keller.

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Orchestra of the Swan

Formed in 1995, Orchestra of the Swan is a British chamber orchestra which, under the artistic direction of David Le Page, is passionate about audience inclusivity and blurring the lines between genres, through its adventurous and accessible programming. he Swan presents over 45 concerts a year – both live and digital with a catalogue of over 20 recordings. We are passionate about new music and has premiered more than 70 new works by composers including Joe Cutler, Tansy Davies, Joe Duddell, Alexander Goehr, Roxanna Panufnik, Joseph Phibbs, Dobrinka Tabakova, Errollyn Wallen, Huw Watkins, John Woolrich and many others. Our album ‘Timelapse’ creates a space where sounds of the past and present collide to form a unique musical landscape. Although the pieces...
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Formed in 1995, Orchestra of the Swan is a British chamber orchestra which, under the artistic direction of David Le Page, is passionate about audience inclusivity and blurring the lines between genres, through its adventurous and accessible programming.
he Swan presents over 45 concerts a year – both live and digital with a catalogue of over 20 recordings. We are passionate about new music and has premiered more than 70 new works by composers including Joe Cutler, Tansy Davies, Joe Duddell, Alexander Goehr, Roxanna Panufnik, Joseph Phibbs, Dobrinka Tabakova, Errollyn Wallen, Huw Watkins, John Woolrich and many others. Our album ‘Timelapse’ creates a space where sounds of the past and present collide to form a unique musical landscape. Although the pieces were written, in some cases, centuries apart and in culturally disparate eras, it is striking how much these contrasting works inhabit such similar emotional territory. Intriguing pairings of works by Rameau and Radiohead’s Pyramid Song, Schubert, and The Smiths, Adés and Grieg, Satie and Reich, complement each other beautifully and style have become irrelevant.
The Swan has been enormously successful in making a positive and effective contribution to the communities at the heart of its ‘immersive residencies’ in Herefordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Birmingham with an ambitious programme of work in care homes, schools and rural areas growing year by year. Based at the Stratford Play House, in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Swan is proof that an orchestra really can be an indispensable and relevant part of the community with its aim to entertain, educate and engage in a way that truly makes it a living orchestra.

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David Curtis (conductor)

Composer(s)

Felix Mendelssohn

Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy born and widely known as Felix Mendelssohn, was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period. Mendelssohn is often compared to Mozart. Both of them were child prodigies, both had a talented sister and they both died at a young age. Mendelssohn, who as a child also painted wrote poetry, was born in small family which converted to christianity from judaism. As a composer he preferred looking back, rather than forward: his main examples were Bach, Handel and Mozart. It was Mendelssohn who retrieved Bach from oblivion and pushed for a revival of his music, which still lasts today. One century after its premier, Mendelsson performed the St Matthew Passion for the second...
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Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy born and widely known as Felix Mendelssohn, was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period.

Mendelssohn is often compared to Mozart. Both of them were child prodigies, both had a talented sister and they both died at a young age. Mendelssohn, who as a child also painted wrote poetry, was born in small family which converted to christianity from judaism. As a composer he preferred looking back, rather than forward: his main examples were Bach, Handel and Mozart. It was Mendelssohn who retrieved Bach from oblivion and pushed for a revival of his music, which still lasts today. One century after its premier, Mendelsson performed the St Matthew Passion for the second time ever, in 1829.

Three years, earlier, on his 17th, he had already composed his masterfully overture A midsummer night's dream op. 21, based on Shakespeare's play. Today, it is still considered as one of the absolute masterpieces in all of the orchestra reperoire. His Violin Concerto op. 64 belongs to the most beautiful works of the 19th century as well. During his travels through Europe, he wrote his brilliant Italian Symphony, Scottish Symphony and the overture The Hebrides.

Although Mendelssohn had a prosperous career, his weak physique made him emotionally vulnerable. The death of his favourite sister Fanny became fatal: Mendelssohn died in the same year, at the age of 38.


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