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Hans Sommer Chamber Music

Trio Imàge

Hans Sommer Chamber Music

Format: CD
Label: CAvi
UPC: 4260085533299
Catnr: AVI 8553329
Release date: 20 November 2015
1 CD
 
Label
CAvi
UPC
4260085533299
Catalogue number
AVI 8553329
Release date
20 November 2015
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About the album

Very few people gathered at Braunschweig Central Cementary in early 1922 to bury 'the old man from the Gaussberg district' - Hans Sommer, a composer who died at the age of 84 and had obviously almost passed into oblivion. For decades it remained thus: apart from a monograph published in 1939 and a Braunschweig street christened in his name, only a brief mention of his life and works can be found in the most comprehensive reference works. Since no one makes a fuss over this musical figure, we would assume that he is not worth the trouble. But we start to wonder: why did major German composers of the day make an effort to send their condolences, albeit from afar - luminaries such as Richard Strauss, Hans Pfitzner, Eugen d'Albert or Max von Schillings? We take a closer look and find that a day truly existed when this musician, whose full name was 'Hans Friedrich August Zincken aka. Sommer' - a man of the same generation as Brahms, Dvorak and Tchaikovsky - secured himself an excellent reputation as a composer of Lieder. Several of his ten operas earned him a name all across Europe while, alongside his longtime friend Richard Strauss, he served as Chairman of the Genossenschaft Deutscher Komponisten, which represented the financial interests of a great number of renowned German and Austrian composers around the turn of the century. It is difficult to categorize a man such as Hans Sommer: after having written certain major works for the desk drawer, he stepped into the spotlight as a composer relatively late in an exceptionally long lifespan and only started publishing works on a large scale in the early 1880's, when he was already in his mid-40's. Thus he had to complete with a considerably younger generation of composers born around 1860, major figures such as Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss. And over the next two or three decades he admirably succeeded in establishing himself as a progressive composer thanks to his Lieder, which are 'immediately prior to Hugo Wolff' in terms of style.

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Trio Imàge

Gergana Gergova, violin   / Thomas Kaufmann, cello  / Pavlin Nechev, piano The three strong and distinct artistic personalities who form the Trio Imàge –Gergana Gergova (Violin), Thomas Kaufmann (Cello) und Pavlin Nechev (Piano)– make every concert an intense and unforgettable musical experience. The Imàge‘s debut CD, the complete piano trios of Mauricio Kagel, created a sensation. It was awarded the ECHO Klassik prize 2014 for the best premiere recording of the year; it was also nominated for the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis and it was received with praise and applause by the press. Their second CD, with chamber music by Hans Sommer, a contemporary of Brahms, was also nominated for the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis. Their last album with trios by Dvoˇrák, Fall and Dyakov was nominated on the 2020 longlist of the...
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Gergana Gergova, violin / Thomas Kaufmann, cello / Pavlin Nechev, piano The three strong and distinct artistic personalities who form the Trio Imàge –Gergana Gergova (Violin), Thomas Kaufmann (Cello) und Pavlin Nechev (Piano)– make every concert an intense and unforgettable musical experience.
The Imàge‘s debut CD, the complete piano trios of Mauricio Kagel, created a sensation. It was awarded the ECHO Klassik prize 2014 for the best premiere recording of the year; it was also nominated for the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis and it was received with praise and applause by the press.
Their second CD, with chamber music by Hans Sommer, a contemporary of Brahms, was also nominated for the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis. Their last album with trios by Dvoˇrák, Fall and Dyakov was nominated on the 2020 longlist of the Price of the German critics.
The Trio Imàge had attracted attention as early as 2011 on the international scene, when a music critic described their concert in New York as a „blazing performance“. The Imàge has since made an international name for itself with concerts in most of Europe as well as in Australia, Asia, and the North and South Americas. It has been invited to famous festivals and performed in famous concert halls, such as the Festival of Mexico, the Verbier Festival, the Lockenhaus Kammermusikfest, the Chelsea Music festival of New York, the November Festival of Chennai, the Varna Summer Festival, the Teatro del Lago, the Berlin Philharmonia and the Berlin Konzerthaus.

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Hartmut Rohde (viola)

Hartmut Rohde thrills audiences with his exceptional variety of sonorities, his stylistic versatility, and his historically informed approach to music ranging from the Baroque to contemporary compositions. Rohde’s performances are captivating due to his sheer power of imagination (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). He is one of the leading and most sought-after European violists. Since 1993 he has held a professorship at the Berlin University of the Arts, and is founding member of the renowned Mozart Piano Quintet which undertakes extensive worldwide tours. His chamber music partners include David Geringas, Janine Jansen, Jörg Widmann, Radovan Vlatkovic, Paul Meyer, Lars Vogt, Kolja Blacher, and Sharon Kam. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Seoul Arts Center and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, as well...
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Hartmut Rohde thrills audiences with his exceptional variety of sonorities, his stylistic versatility, and his historically informed approach to music ranging from the Baroque to contemporary compositions. Rohde’s performances are captivating due to his sheer power of imagination (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). He is one of the leading and most sought-after European violists. Since 1993 he has held a professorship at the Berlin University of the Arts, and is founding member of the renowned Mozart Piano Quintet which undertakes extensive worldwide tours. His chamber music partners include David Geringas, Janine Jansen, Jörg Widmann, Radovan Vlatkovic, Paul Meyer, Lars Vogt, Kolja Blacher, and Sharon Kam. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Seoul Arts Center and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, as well as at a number of outstanding festivals in Berlin, Schleswig-Holstein, Japan, Ravinia (USA), Australia, Heimbach (“Spannungen”), and Jerusalem. Rohde has performed solo viola concertos with renowned orchestras in Munich, Weimar, Bonn, Hannover, and Lithuania, as well as with chamber orchestras from Munich, Lithuania and Basel, collaborating with conductors such as Kent Nagano, Georg Alexander Albrecht, Paavo Järvi, Massimo Zanetti, and Michael Sanderling. Composers of the likes of Brett Dean, Sören N. Eichberg, Ursula Mamlok, Krystof Maratka, Arydas Malcys, David P. Hefti, and Olli Mustonen have written works for him. From 2013 to 2017 he served as Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the NFM Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra in Wroclaw. Starting with the 2017/18 season, he is expanding his conducting activities to other orchestras.
Thus in 2019/20 he will go on tour to Vienna (Musikverein), Hamburg (Laeiszhalle), Budapest, Lviv, Slovenia, and Germany with the Budapest Franz Lizst Chamber Orchestra and with Lviv Symphony Orchestra. His appearances as conductor have already led him to perform at the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Tonhalle in Düsseldorf, the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades (France), and the Wratislawia Cantans Festival in Wroclaw. He has made numerous international radio recordings, as well as CDs for EMI Classics, Decca, CAvI-music, BMG/Sony, MDG, CPO, and Naxos. In 2004, he won the Supersonic Award. Hartmut Rohde plays a viola by Giuseppe Fiorini and a viola by Ivo Iuliano.

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