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Soloists Of The Spannungen Festival 2016, Sextets

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Soloists Of The Spannungen Festival 2016, Sextets

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Format: CD
Label: CAvi
UPC: 4260085533848
Catnr: AVI 8553384
Release date: 07 July 2017
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AVI 8553384
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07 July 2017
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The work’s high opus number should not mislead us: Mendelssohn composed his Sextet for piano and five strings when he was only fifteen years old. Here one will not yet find innovative writing of the caliber of what Mendelssohn would soon produce in the Octet or in the Overture to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Louis Spohr and Hummel still hold sway as conventional musical models, but at least the agile Menuetto exudes Mendelssohnian flair, rushing on by with the grace of a fairy. The work was not printed until 1868, twenty-one years after Mendelssohn’s death, and has not circulated widely since then. Mendelssohn biographer Eric Werner described this work as a “miniature chamber concerto for the piano, contrasting the latter with the five other instruments. Along with Witold Lutosławski, Krzysztof Penderecki is regarded as the most outstanding Polish composer of the 20th century.

Starting in the 1980s, Penderecki abandoned all avant-garde tendencies and has been increasingly using the music of the 19th and early 20th centuries as his models. With a generous playing time of 35 minutes, the work presents itself as a reminiscence of great Slavic composers of the 20th century. Here one can easily detect Penderecki’s penchant for Stravinsky, even more so for Bartók and, above all, for Shostakovich. As Penderecki once put it himself: “I am, of course, a Slavic composer who is mainly interested in communicating his emotions through musical expression.”

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Gustav Rivinius (cello)

Gustav Rivinius was the only German musician to be awarded the 1st prize and the gold medal of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1990. Since then he has performed as a soloist all over the world with leading musicians, orchestras and conductors. He is equally passionate about chamber music. He founded the Rivinius Piano Quartet, the Trio Gasparo da Salò, the Tammuz Piano Quartet and the Bartholdy Quintet and is a sought-after guest at important music festivals. He regularly performs with Lars Vogt, Christian Tetzlaff, Antje Weithaas, Isabelle Faust and Sharon Kam, among others, and numerous CD recordings attest to his artistic activity. Gustav Rivinius has been a professor at the Hochschule für Musik Saar for many years. He gives annual master classes and was...
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Gustav Rivinius was the only German musician to be awarded the 1st prize and the gold medal of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1990. Since then he has performed as a soloist all over the world with leading musicians, orchestras and conductors. He is equally passionate about chamber music. He founded the Rivinius Piano Quartet, the Trio Gasparo da Salò, the Tammuz Piano Quartet and the Bartholdy Quintet and is a sought-after guest at important music festivals.
He regularly performs with Lars Vogt, Christian Tetzlaff, Antje Weithaas, Isabelle Faust and Sharon Kam, among others, and numerous CD recordings attest to his artistic activity. Gustav Rivinius has been a professor at the Hochschule für Musik Saar for many years. He gives annual master classes and was a juror at the International Tchaikovsky Competition.

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Jean Johnson (clarinet)

Byol Kang (violin)

Aaron Pilsan (piano)

Elisabeth Kufferath (viola)

„It is astonishing, the way Kufferath pivots between free and fragile, from heavenly chirping tenderness to bearing the earth’s burdens, how many colors and even more nuance her playing expresses.“ Die Welt A member of the Tetzlaff String Quartet since its inception in 1992, Elisabeth Kufferath has performed on the stages of some of the most auspicious halls in Europe and the United States, including Philharmonie Hall in Berlin, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Musikverein in Vienna, Carnegie Hall in New York, and the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. In 2015 the Tetzlaff Quartet was awarded a Diapason d’Or de l’année for their recording of string quartets by Berg and Mendelssohn. Praised by conductor Heinz Hollinger as “unquestionably one of the most interesting and influential string players of her generation“,...
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It is astonishing, the way Kufferath pivots between free and fragile, from heavenly chirping tenderness to bearing the earth’s burdens, how many colors and even more nuance her playing expresses.“ Die Welt A member of the Tetzlaff String Quartet since its inception in 1992, Elisabeth Kufferath has performed on the stages of some of the most auspicious halls in Europe and the United States, including Philharmonie Hall in Berlin, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Musikverein in Vienna, Carnegie Hall in New York, and the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. In 2015 the Tetzlaff Quartet was awarded a Diapason d’Or de l’année for their recording of string quartets by Berg and Mendelssohn.
Praised by conductor Heinz Hollinger as “unquestionably one of the most interesting and influential string players of her generation“, she is a player with a wide-ranging stylistic palette, and is coveted as both a chamber musician and soloist.
Elisabeth Kufferath’s repertoire is highlighted by contemporary works. She gave the world premiere of Jan Müller-Wieland’s Himmelfahrt, a work for solo viola written for and dedicated to her, as well as the German premiere of Elliott Carter’s Figment IV for viola. She recently collaborated with Thorsten Encke and Johannes X. Schachtner, who wrote works for solo violin and solo viola specifically for her. She has collaborated with composers including Moritz Eggert, Peter Eötvös, Zeynep Gedizlioglu, Helen Grime, Ling-Hsuan Huang, Libby Larsen, Georges Lentz, Manfred Trojahn, and Jörg Widmann.
As a soloist, she has appeared with orchestras including the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Münchener Kammerorchester, Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, Musica assoluta, Kammerakademie Potsdam, and the World Youth Symphony Orchestra. She has collaborated with conductors including Heinz Holliger, Christoph Poppen, Marcus Creed, Paul Goodwin, Alexander Rumpf and Gerard Schwarz.
Elisabeth Kufferath has been invited to perform at Berliner Festwochen, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Spannungen Heimbach, Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele, Helsinki Festival, Lucerne Festival, Heidelberger Frühling, and the Rosendal Festival in Norway. She has shared the stage with chamber music partners including Adrian Brendel, Kirill Gerstein, Gustav Rivinius, Lars Vogt and Tabea Zimmermann. She spent a season as the Artist in Residence at New Zealand’s Auckland University where she was featured in both recitals and masterclasses.
Elisabeth Kufferath‘s first solo CD Libero, fragile was released in 2017 on the GENUIN label. The disk features contemporary works for solo violin and viola. The recording was nominated for a prize from German Record Critics’ Award and was enthusastically received by the press.
Elisabeth Kufferath lives in Hannover, Germany with her family where she is professor of violin at the Hochschule for Music, Theater, and Media. Both her violin and viola were built by the German luthier Stefan-Peter Greiner.

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Anna Reszniak (violin)

Maya Meron (viola)

Ericson Ruiz (double bass)

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