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The Great War Centenary

Michael Foyle | Maksim Stsura

The Great War Centenary

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Format: SACD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917278620
Catnr: CC 72786
Release date: 09 November 2018
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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
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About the album

‘Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and yet cannot remain silent’, wrote Victor Hugo in 1864. Half a century later, his words had never felt more pertinent. Every composer writing during World War I found a unique way, through their music, to describe and protest against the horrors that were tearing civilization apart.

Created in the depth of morbidity, Debussy’s parting musical gift is a subtle, dignified and heroic celebration of youth and joie de vivre. A sense of patriotism in the war years links Debussy with the foremost Moravian composer of the day, Leoš Janáček. Ottorino Respighi was only in his thirties when the war broke out. His 1917 Sonata for violin and piano is a work of Romance written in the time of hate, a reminder that the past and the future remain beacons of hope in desperate times.

Commissioned for this recital programme to reflect on the centenary of The Great War from our own times, Kenneth Hesketh’s Inscrizione, derivata, subtitled ‘A lie to the Dying’, is a quasi-meditation on the dying man, his anxious thoughts and the spasms of his failing heart being weaved conspicuously into a narrative of disquieting melancholy.

Foyle-Štšura Duo Praised for ‘playing of compelling conviction’ (The Daily Telegraph) and ‘astonishing mutual feeling, understanding and responsiveness’ (Seen and Heard International), Foyle-Štšura Duo won the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Duo Competition and the Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in 2015.
De Britse violist Michael Foyle en de Estse pianist Maksim Štšura brengen op dit album een pracht programma. Ze beschouwen de Eerste Wereldoorlog door de ogen en de muziek van de componisten Claude Debussy, Leoš Janáček, Kenneth Hesketh en Ottorino Respighi. In de pers wordt het duo vooral geprezen om hun 'overtuigende en pakkende spel' en hun verbazingwekkende gevoel van wederzijds begrip en interactie'. Hun mooie uitvoering op dit album getuigt van een bijzonder inlevingsvermogen.

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.

Dat gold ook voor de componisten op dit album. Zwaar ziek, componeerde Debussy zijn muzikale afscheidsgeschenk, een subtiele, waardige en heroïsche viering, vol jeugd en levensvreugde. Een gevoel van patriottisme tijdens de oorlogsjaren verbindt Debussy met de, in die tijd, bekende Moravische componist Janáček. Toen de oorlog uitbrak was Respighi halverwege de dertig. Zijn Sonata for violin and piano uit 1917, is een stuk vol romantiek, geschreven in een periode van haat, om ons eraan te herinneren dat verleden en toekomst in wanhopige tijden een teken van hoop blijven.

Speciaal gecomponeerd voor dit album

Kenneth 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.


Foyle trad op in Nederland

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.

Lees ook de recensie van Michel Dutrieue op zijn blog stretto.be.
„Musik drückt das aus, was nicht gesagt werden kann und worüber zu schweigen unmöglich ist“, schrieb schon Victor Hugo 1864. Nie passte dieses Zitat besser als ein halbes Jahrhundert später. Während des Ersten Weltkrieges fand jeder Komponist einen einzigartigen Weg, durch seine Musik, um die Schrecken zu beschreiben, die die Zivilisation entzweirissen, und um gegen sie zu protestieren.
In schwerster Erkrankung entstanden, feiert Debussys musikalisches Abschiedsgeschenk raffiniert, würdevoll und heroisch Jugend und Lebensfreude.
Ein Gefühl von Patriotismus in den Kriegsjahren verbindet Debussy mit dem führenden mährischen Komponisten der Zeit, Leos Janáček.
Ottorino Respighi war gerade Anfang 30, als der Krieg ausbrach. Seine Sonate für Violine und Klavier aus dem Jahre 1917 ist ein Werk voller Romantik, geschrieben in einer Zeit des Hasses - eine Erinnerung daran, dass die Vergangenheit und die Zukunft auch in dunklen Zeiten noch ein Zeichen der Hoffnung setzen.
Kenneth Heskeths Inscrizione, derivata mit dem Untertitel 'A lie to the Dying', ein Auftragswerk für dieses Rezital zum Anlass des 100. Jährens des Großen Krieges, ist quasi eine Meditation über den Sterbenden, dessen angsterfüllten Gedanken und Zucken seines schwächer werdenden Herzschlages erkennbar in eine Erzählung von erschütternder Melancholie verwoben werden.

Das Foyle-Stsura Duo wird hoch gelobt für sein 'überzeugendes und packendes Spiel' (The Daily Telegraph) und sein 'erstaunliches Gefühl von gegenseitigem Verständnis und Interagieren' (Seen and Heard International). Das Foyle-Stsura Duo gewann 2015 den Duo-Wettbewerb der Europäischen Beethoven Klavier-Gesellschaft und den Salieri-Zinetti Internationalen Kammermusikwettbewerb.

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Artist(s)

Maksim Štšura (piano)

Maksim Štšura (piano) won First Prizes at the Beethoven Intercollegiate Piano Competition (2013), the Estonian Piano Competition (2008), the Steinway-Klavierspiel-Wettbewerb in Germany (2004) and the International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Estonia (2000). He has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Saint Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra, Wiener Kammersymphonie and the Chester Philharmonic Orchestra. As a chamber musician he is in great demand, collaborating with Jakobstad Sinfonietta (Finland), Mediterranean Chamber Brass (Spain) and Florin Ensemble (UK) among many others. Maksim studied at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with Ivari Ilja and on exchange at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, before moving to London to complete his Masters and...
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Maksim Štšura (piano) won First Prizes at the Beethoven Intercollegiate Piano Competition (2013), the Estonian Piano Competition (2008), the Steinway-Klavierspiel-Wettbewerb in Germany (2004) and the International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Estonia (2000). He has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Saint Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra, Wiener Kammersymphonie and the Chester Philharmonic Orchestra. As a chamber musician he is in great demand, collaborating with Jakobstad Sinfonietta (Finland), Mediterranean Chamber Brass (Spain) and Florin Ensemble (UK) among many others.
Maksim studied at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with Ivari Ilja and on exchange at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, before moving to London to complete his Masters and Artist Diploma degrees with Gordon Fergus-Thompson at the Royal College of Music. He has additionally received masterclasses from Dmitri Bashkirov, Stephan Hough, John Lill and Eliso Virsaladze. Alongside his performing career, Maksim is currently completing a Doctoral course at the RCM, where his research is focused on the piano transcriptions of the contemporary orchestral scores. He is also a Trustee of the Mills Williams Foundation.

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Michael Foyle (violin)

Michael Foyle (violin) won The Netherlands Violin Competition 2016, giving an acclaimed performance of Szymanowksi’s Concerto No.1 with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2017-18 he returns to the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Polish Baltic Philharmonic with Korngold’s Concerto, and makes his Cadogan Hall debut playing Prokofiev’s Concerto No.1 with English Chamber Orchestra. Other London appearances this season include performances of the Beethoven, Dvorak, Elgar and Tchaikovsky concerti. Born in Ayrshire in 1991, Michael gave his concerto debut in Edinburgh Festival Theatre aged eight. He went on to win the BBC Young Musician of the Year Tabor Award 2008 and the Royal Overseas League String Competition 2013, before studying at the Vienna Konservatorium with Pavel Vernikov and in London with Maureen Smith and...
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Michael Foyle (violin) won The Netherlands Violin Competition 2016, giving an acclaimed performance of Szymanowksi’s Concerto No.1 with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2017-18 he returns to the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Polish Baltic Philharmonic with Korngold’s Concerto, and makes his Cadogan Hall debut playing Prokofiev’s Concerto No.1 with English Chamber Orchestra. Other London appearances this season include performances of the Beethoven, Dvorak, Elgar and Tchaikovsky concerti.
Born in Ayrshire in 1991, Michael gave his concerto debut in Edinburgh Festival Theatre aged eight. He went on to win the BBC Young Musician of the Year Tabor Award 2008 and the Royal Overseas League String Competition 2013, before studying at the Vienna Konservatorium with Pavel Vernikov and in London with Maureen Smith and Daniel Rowland. Upon graduation from the Royal Academy of Music, he was awarded the Regency Prize for Excellence and the Roth Prize for the highest violin mark of the year. He has premiered solo and chamber works by over 25 living composers.
Michael plays a Gennaro Gagliano violin (1750) on loan and is represented by Interartists Amsterdam. In addition to his solo and chamber performances this season, he is invited as Guest-Leader of BBC Symphony Orchestra and as Violin Professor at Royal Academy of Music.

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Composer(s)

Claude Debussy

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...
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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.


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Ottorino Respighi

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...
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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).


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Leoš Janáček

Leoš Janáček was a Czech composer and folklorist. He was inspired by Moravian and other Slavic folk music to create an original, modern musical style. Until 1895 he devoted himself mainly to folkloristic research and his early musical output was influenced by contemporaries such as Antonín Dvořák. His later, mature works incorporate his earlier studies of national folk music in a modern, highly original synthesis, first evident in the opera Jenůfa, which was premiered in 1904 in Brno. The success of Jenůfa (often called the 'Moravian national opera') at Prague in 1916 gave Janáček access to the world's great opera stages. Janáček's later works are his most celebrated. They include operas such as Káťa Kabanová and The Cunning Little Vixen, the...
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Leoš Janáček was a Czech composer and folklorist. He was inspired by Moravian and other Slavic folk music to create an original, modern musical style.
Until 1895 he devoted himself mainly to folkloristic research and his early musical output was influenced by contemporaries such as Antonín Dvořák. His later, mature works incorporate his earlier studies of national folk music in a modern, highly original synthesis, first evident in the opera Jenůfa, which was premiered in 1904 in Brno. The success of Jenůfa (often called the "Moravian national opera") at Prague in 1916 gave Janáček access to the world's great opera stages. Janáček's later works are his most celebrated. They include operas such as Káťa Kabanová and The Cunning Little Vixen, the Sinfonietta, the Glagolitic Mass, the rhapsody Taras Bulba, two string quartets, and other chamber works. Along with Antonín Dvořák and Bedřich Smetana, he is considered one of the most important Czech composers.

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Kenneth Hesketh

Kenneth Hesketh began composing whilst a chorister at Liverpool Cathedral. He has received many commissions from major performing organisations in Europe, Canada and the US. Susanna Malkki chose his work for her opening concert as Music Director of Ensemble intercontemporain and his music has been featured in concerts by Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the SWR Orchester Baden-Baden, Psappha, the ASKO ensemble and BBC NOW. Hesketh’s works for symphonic wind band have become contemporary classics of the genre (Danceries, Masque, Diaghilev Dances). Regular performances of them around the world have led to British, Japanese, American and Canadian commercial recordings.
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Kenneth Hesketh began composing whilst a chorister at Liverpool Cathedral. He has received many commissions from major performing organisations in Europe, Canada and the US. Susanna Malkki chose his work for her opening concert as Music Director of Ensemble intercontemporain and his music has been featured in concerts by Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the SWR Orchester Baden-Baden, Psappha, the ASKO ensemble and BBC NOW. Hesketh’s works for symphonic wind band have become contemporary classics of the genre (Danceries, Masque, Diaghilev Dances). Regular performances of them around the world have led to British, Japanese, American and Canadian commercial recordings.

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Press

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.
Luister, 01-1-2019

We both play our concerts completely without paper. This results in a lot of freedom and interaction.
Luister, 07-12-2018

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.
Pizzicato, 05-12-2018

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.
Stretto, 29-11-2018

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?
HRAudio, 28-10-2018

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Sonatas for Piano and Violin Vol. 2
Michael Foyle | Maksim Štšura
Sonatas for Piano and Violin Vol. 1
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