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09 November 2018
"Foyle's playing is remarkable in its accuracy, tonal focus and impressive range of musical options."BBC Music Magazine, 28-1-2019
Componisten beschreven de oorlog op hun eigen muzikale wijze"Muziek drukt dat uit wat niet gezegd kan worden, maar waarover niet gezwegen kan worden", schreef Victor Hugo al in 1864. Een halve eeuw later waren zijn woorden nog nooit zo toepasselijk. Elke componist had gedurende de Eerste Wereldoorlog wel een eigen manier om met zijn muziek de verschrikkingen van de oorlog te beschrijven en te protesteren tegen een strijd die de beschaving in stukken scheurde.
Speciaal gecomponeerd voor dit albumKenneth Hesketh’s Inscrizione, derivata, met de ondertitel ‘A lie to the Dying’ is speciaal voor dit album gemaakt, met de opdracht om vanuit de huidige tijd terug te blikken op de eeuw van de grote oorlogen. Het is als het ware een overpeinzing over de stervende mens, zijn angstige gedachten, zijn afnemende hartslag, dit alles herkenbaar verweven in een vertelling van onrustbarende melancholie.
Voor Nederland is Michael Foyle geen onbekende. Hij won de Nederlandse vioolcompetitie 2016 met een uitstekende uitvoering van Szymanowksi’s Concerto No.1, samen met het Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest. In het seizoen 2017/2018 keerde Foyle terug bij het Rotterdams orkest en trad hij onder andere op met het kerstconcert De Notenkraker.
Foyle trad op in Nederland
Claude Debussy was a French composer. He and Maurice Ravel were the most prominent figures associated with impressionist music, though Debussy disliked the term when applied to his compositions. He was made Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1903. He was among the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and his use of non-traditional scales and chromaticism influenced many composers who followed.
Debussy's music is noted for its sensory content and frequent usage of non-traditional tonalities. The prominent French literary style of his period was known as Symbolism, and this movement directly inspired Debussy both as a composer and as an active cultural participant Among his most famous works are his Clair de Lune, his Three Nocturnes and his orchestral piece La Mer.
Ottorino Respighi was an Italian composer from the first half of 20th Century. After his studies in Bologna (violin, viola and composition) he moved to St. Petersburg where played for several years for the Imperial Opera. There he also met Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, who became his mentor in composition and orchestration. From 1903 until 1908 he played viola in the Mugellini quintet in Bologna. In 1908, he stayed in Berlin for a short period to study under Max Bruch. In 1913, he became a teacher himself at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, of which he became its director in 1924. Two years later, he already left the position to be able to dedicate himself completely to composing. While Respighi did compose nine operas, he is mostly known for his instrumental works. In particular his orchestral triptych of symphonic poems, Fontane di Roma, Pini di Roma and Feste Romane (also known as the Roman Trilogy) became quite famous. His style was a continuation of the French impressionism, and of Rimsky-Korsakov's technique. He also applied early composition techniques by applying melodies from early lute music (Antiche arie e danze per liuto) or harpsichordpieces from the Baroque era (Gli uccelli).
Foyle's playing is remarkable in its accuracy, tonal focus and impressive range of musical options.
BBC Music Magazine, 28-1-2019
With this cd the duo delivers a dream debut - ... Admirable how Foyle and Štšura tell the story completely in symbiosis and in the service of music. Rating: 10.
We both play our concerts completely without paper. This results in a lot of freedom and interaction.
Three violin sonatas from the First World War as well as one contemporary piece with anxious thoughts are heard on this attractive release in deeply expressive performances.
The acoustics of the church where this is recorded is excellent, there are many chamber music concerts and CD recordings in this church. Consequently: an optimal sound recording and played phenomenally. Highly recommended.
CD of the Week: a subtle, dignified and heroic celebration of youth and the joy of life.
Radio 4, 09-11-2018
I do not know for how long Michael Foyle has been partnered with pianist Maksim Štšura (in any case since 2015), but in a short time span their teamwork has become impeccable. Both shifting so admirably from one musical idiom (French: Debussy) to another (Czech: Janáček) and yet two more totally different ones (Italian: Respighi; British: Hesketh). How much better would you like to have it?