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Schubert & Shostakovich

Pauline Sachse & Lauma Skride

Schubert & Shostakovich

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Label: CAvi
UPC: 4260085533718
Catnr: AVI 8553371
Release date: 03 February 2017
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CAvi
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4260085533718
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AVI 8553371
Release date
03 February 2017
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About the album

According to a Greek myth, the voices of swans have an otherworldly beauty, and their song is a foreboding of death. Such ethereal beauty emerges in moments which are to be treasured and preserved wtih care. The two works on this release stem from two outstanding composers who, at the end of their lives and in thoroughly different contexts, produced creations of lasting value. Schubert's life came to an end at age 31, barely eighteen months after the death of Beethoven, whom he secretly revered as a model. He learned of Beethoven's death when he had just finished composing Winterreise, a cycle of chilling songs', as he described them. Schubert's friends later partially blamed the grim content of Winterreise for his early demise. Shostakovich wrote his Sonata for Viola and Piano within an extremely brief period of time. On June, 25 1975, Fyodor Druzhinin - the violist of the Beethoven Quartet, who were the composer's friends - received a telephone call from the Shostakovich, informing him that he was working on a viola sonata and wanted to clear up initial technical matters with him. Shostakovich's health had always been quite poor; by this time, after having suffered two heart attacks and a muscle disease, he was additionally weakened by years of fighting lung cancer. Shostakovich finished his score on July 5tha nd passed away on August 9th. Fyodor Druzhinin and Mikhail Muntyan premiered the work only a few weeks later on September 25th. The composer therefore never had the opportunity to hear what his work sounded like. Shostakovich's political outlook and his ambiguous attitude vis-à-vis the political system of the USSR have been much discussed; his music, however, remains clear and honest. He exposed the grotesque masks and masquerades of human society. In his compositions he chronicled his day and age, a period characterized by hypocrisy, fear, treason, unimaginable human vileness and an excessive cultivation of image on the part of those in power. Hi smusic is thus now as urgently appropriate as it ever was.' (Pauline Sachse)

Artist(s)

Pauline Sachse (viola)

The search for truthful expression, along with the endeavour to forge a poetic narrative of sound – these are the cornerstones of violist Pauline Sachse’s ongoing artistic pursuit. In 2013 she was appointed viola professor at the Carl Maria von Weber School of Music in Dresden. At that point she left her previous solo position at Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and resigned as guest professor from the Berlin Hanns Eisler School of Music in order to devote herself fully to her new teaching duties while maintaining her activities as solo and chamber musician. Pauline Sachse is in high demand on the chamber music scene: she performs in recitals with artists such as Isabelle Faust, Tabea Zimmermann, Lars Vogt, Lauma Skride, Christian Tetzlaff,...
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The search for truthful expression, along with the endeavour to forge a poetic narrative of sound – these are the cornerstones of violist Pauline Sachse’s ongoing artistic pursuit.
In 2013 she was appointed viola professor at the Carl Maria von Weber School of Music in Dresden. At that point she left her previous solo position at Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and resigned as guest professor from the Berlin Hanns Eisler School of Music in order to devote herself fully to her new teaching duties while maintaining her activities as solo and chamber musician.

Pauline Sachse is in high demand on the chamber music scene: she performs in recitals with artists such as Isabelle Faust, Tabea Zimmermann, Lars Vogt, Lauma Skride, Christian Tetzlaff, Anna Prohaska, Martin Helmchen, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Harriet Krijgh, Martin Fröst, Antje Weithaas, Benjamin Schmid, and Janine Jansen. She is regularly invited to appear at important festivals including Salzburg, Heidelberg, Spannungen (Heimbach), Moritzburg, Schwetzingen and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Born in Hamburg, Pauline Sachse was trained as a violist at the Hanns Eisler School of Music, at the Berlin University of the Arts, and at Yale University, under the tutelage of Jesse Levine, Wilfried Strehle and – for many years – Tabea Zimmermann, whose assistant she became at the Hanns Eisler School of Music in 2007. She gained further significant insight from studies with the Alban Berg Quartet.

In ensembles such as the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony and the Berlin Philharmonic, she worked with renowned conductors, including Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Mariss Jansons, Simon Rattle, and Seiji Ozawa.
Pauline Sachse combines a variety of artforms in her artistic and educational approach, including classical dance ever since her youth. Today she forms her thoughts not only in sound, but also sculpts them in words and in stone. She makes sculptures, performs interdisciplinary artistic experiments, and publishes articles in her ongoing quest for truthful expression. On the podium, Pauline Sachse’s instrumental partner is the Madame Butterfly viola made by Paolo Maggini in Brescia in 1610.


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Lauma Skride (piano)

Lauma Skride's playing is wonderfully sensitive, with marvelous tone quality, and always with highly virtuosic vigour, according to a review by the Bavarian Broadcasting Service. Combined with brilliant technique, these are the qualities with which Lauma Skride captivates audiences on major concert stages throughout the world, both as a soloist and chamber musician. Lauma Skride, who was awarded the Beethoven Ring in 2008, is highly acclaimed for her interpretations of Germanic classical and romantic repertoire. She has appeared with various orchestras such as Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg & Dresden Philharmonic, and the Orquesta de Gran Canaria. Lauma Skride performs with conductors such as Andris Nelsons, Kristjan Järvi, Anu Tali, Muhai Tang, Peter Ruzicka, John Storgårds, Pedro Halffter. Lauma Skride is also...
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Lauma Skride's playing is wonderfully sensitive, with marvelous tone quality, and always with highly virtuosic vigour, according to a review by the Bavarian Broadcasting Service. Combined with brilliant technique, these are the qualities with which Lauma Skride captivates audiences on major concert stages throughout the world, both as a soloist and chamber musician.

Lauma Skride, who was awarded the Beethoven Ring in 2008, is highly acclaimed for her interpretations of Germanic classical and romantic repertoire. She has appeared with various orchestras such as Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg & Dresden Philharmonic, and the Orquesta de Gran Canaria. Lauma Skride performs with conductors such as Andris Nelsons, Kristjan Järvi, Anu Tali, Muhai Tang, Peter Ruzicka, John Storgårds, Pedro Halffter.

Lauma Skride is also committed to the long established duo with her sister Baiba Skride.
Lauma loves chamber music and performs with the cellists Daniel Müller-Schott, Sol Gabetta and Julian Steckel, as well as with Jörg Widmann, Christian Tetzlaff and the Armida Quartett.
She has been awarded an ECHO Classic Award in 2007 as Best Young Artist.
Recently in 2015 thee sisters released a CD with a pure Scandinavian repertoire.
Born in 1982 in Riga, Latvia, Lauma Skride is the youngest of three daughters in a musical family. She began playing the piano at the age of five and was later a pupil of Anita Paze at the Emil Darzin School of Music in Riga. She then studied under Volker Banfield at the University of Music and Theatre in Hamburg. Lauma Skride has participated in numerous international competitions since the age of eleven, among them the Maria Canals Competition in Spain and the Cleveland International Piano Competition in the USA, and has won several prizes.


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Composer(s)

Franz Schubert

Franz Peter Schubert was an Austrian composer. Schubert already died before his 32nd birthday, but was extremely prolific during his lifetime. His output consists of over six hundred secular vocal works (mainly Lieder), seven complete symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music and a large body of chamber and piano music. Appreciation of his music while he was alive was limited to a relatively small circle of admirers in Vienna, but interest in his work increased significantly in the decades following his death. Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms and other 19th-century composers discovered and championed his works. Today, Schubert is ranked among the greatest composers of the late Classical and early Romantic eras and is one of the...
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Franz Peter Schubert was an Austrian composer. Schubert already died before his 32nd birthday, but was extremely prolific during his lifetime. His output consists of over six hundred secular vocal works (mainly Lieder), seven complete symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music and a large body of chamber and piano music. Appreciation of his music while he was alive was limited to a relatively small circle of admirers in Vienna, but interest in his work increased significantly in the decades following his death. Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms and other 19th-century composers discovered and championed his works. Today, Schubert is ranked among the greatest composers of the late Classical and early Romantic eras and is one of the most frequently performed composers of the early nineteenth century.
It was in the genre of the Lied that Schubert made his most indelible mark. Prior to Schubert's influence, Lieder tended toward a strophic, syllabic treatment of text, evoking the folksong qualities engendered by the stirrings of Romantic nationalism. Schubert expanded the potentialities of the genre like no other composer before.

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Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich was a Russian pianist and composer of the Soviet period. He is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century. Shostakovich achieved fame in the Soviet Union under the patronage of Soviet chief of staff Mikhail Tukhachevsky, but later had a complex and difficult relationship with the government. Nevertheless, he received accolades and state awards and served in the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR (1947–1962) and the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union (from 1962 until his death). A polystylist, Shostakovich developed a hybrid voice, combining a variety of different musical techniques into his works. His music is characterized by sharp contrasts, elements of the grotesque, and ambivalent tonality; the composer was also heavily influenced by the...
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Dmitri Shostakovich was a Russian pianist and composer of the Soviet period. He is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century.
Shostakovich achieved fame in the Soviet Union under the patronage of Soviet chief of staff Mikhail Tukhachevsky, but later had a complex and difficult relationship with the government. Nevertheless, he received accolades and state awards and served in the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR (1947–1962) and the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union (from 1962 until his death).
A polystylist, Shostakovich developed a hybrid voice, combining a variety of different musical techniques into his works. His music is characterized by sharp contrasts, elements of the grotesque, and ambivalent tonality; the composer was also heavily influenced by the neo-classical style pioneered by Igor Stravinsky, and (especially in his symphonies) by the late Romanticism associated with Gustav Mahler.
Shostakovich's orchestral works include 15 symphonies and six concerti. His chamber output includes 15 string quartets, a piano quintet, two piano trios, and two pieces for string octet. His solo piano works include two sonatas, an early set of preludes, and a later set of 24 preludes and fugues. Other works include three operas, several song cycles, ballets, and a substantial quantity of film music; especially well known is The Second Waltz, Op. 99, music to the film The First Echelon (1955–1956), as well as the suites of music composed for The Gadfly.

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01.
Schwanengesang D 957 (1828) / Songs on poems by Ludwig Rellstab: Liebesbotschaft
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(Franz Schubert) Pauline Sachse & Lauma Skride
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Schwanengesang D 957 (1828) / Songs on poems by Ludwig Rellstab: Kriegers Ahnung
04:45
(Franz Schubert) Pauline Sachse & Lauma Skride
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Schwanengesang D 957 (1828) / Songs on poems by Ludwig Rellstab: Frühlingssehnsucht
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(Franz Schubert) Pauline Sachse & Lauma Skride
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Schwanengesang D 957 (1828) / Songs on poems by Ludwig Rellstab: Ständchen
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(Franz Schubert) Pauline Sachse & Lauma Skride
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Schwanengesang D 957 (1828) / Songs on poems by Ludwig Rellstab: Abschied
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(Franz Schubert) Pauline Sachse & Lauma Skride
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Schwanengesang D 957 (1828) / Songs on poems by Heinrich Heine : Das Fischermädchen
01:48
(Franz Schubert) Pauline Sachse & Lauma Skride
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Schwanengesang D 957 (1828) / Songs on poems by Heinrich Heine : Am Meer
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(Franz Schubert) Pauline Sachse & Lauma Skride
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Schwanengesang D 957 (1828) / Songs on poems by Heinrich Heine : Die Stadt
02:37
(Franz Schubert) Pauline Sachse & Lauma Skride
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Schwanengesang D 957 (1828) / Songs on poems by Heinrich Heine : Der Doppelgänger
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(Franz Schubert) PAULINE SACHSE & LAUMA SKRIDE, Pauline Sachse & Lauma Skride
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Schwanengesang D 957 (1828) / Songs on poems by Heinrich Heine : Ihr Bild
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(Franz Schubert) Pauline Sachse & Lauma Skride
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Schwanengesang D 957 (1828) / Songs on poems by Heinrich Heine : Der Atlas
01:51
(Franz Schubert) Pauline Sachse & Lauma Skride
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Sonata for Viola and Piano Op. 147 (1975): I. Moderato
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(Dmitri Shostakovich) Pauline Sachse & Lauma Skride
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Sonata for Viola and Piano Op. 147 (1975): II. Allegretto
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(Dmitri Shostakovich) Pauline Sachse & Lauma Skride
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Sonata for Viola and Piano Op. 147 (1975): III. Adagio
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(Dmitri Shostakovich) Pauline Sachse & Lauma Skride
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Die Taubenpost (Johann Gabriel Seidl) D 965a
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(Franz Schubert) Pauline Sachse & Lauma Skride
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