Daniel Rowland / Maja Bogdanović

Pas de Deux

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Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917283327
Catnr: CC 72833
Release date: 13 March 2020
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Challenge Classics
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0608917283327
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CC 72833
Release date
13 March 2020

"This disc leaves the impression of having observed landscapes from all over the world."

Classica, 01-5-2021
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Maja and Daniel: We are overjoyed to be presenting this new recording “Pas de deux”, with many new pieces by composer friends - it’s a project that’s very close to our hearts. The great Sonata by Ravel is in a way our kaleidoscope, a looking glass that takes us both back and forward in time, and both of those simultaneously.

Our journey begins with the slightest of pieces. ‘Raindrops’ is a charming vignette by the 10 year old Sibelius, whose love of nature would a decade or so later of course give us some of the greatest works in the symphonic repertoire.
Deeply moved by the death of Pope John Paul II Penderecki in 2005 wrote the Ciaconna in memoriam Giovanni Paulo II Ciaconna, for string orchestra. His transcription of the piece is a self-contained, independent artistic statement: subtle and virtuosic, filled with emotions of a genuinely Romantic kind.

The Interior Castle by Peteris Vasks was a text written by St. Teresa of Ávila, Spanish Carmelite nun and famed mystic, in 1577 as a guide for spiritual development through service and prayer. The work is conceived as a tryptich of pure, deeply felt, reverential music, interrupted my two frenetic, disturbing, dark passages. The love and belief conquers the dark forces.
We asked our friend Craig White to arrange a Debussy piano prelude and he created for this disc this beautiful version of the 9th piano prelude of Book 1.

Sicilian cellist/composer Giovanni Sollima is one of the most colorful, eclectic, musical personalities of his generation. Heimat Terra: the title is based on a beautiful text by the anthropologist Edgar Morin.

Marcelo Nisinman is one of the great tango artists of our time, a brilliant bandoneon virtuoso and great friend as well as a uniquely personal, eclectic composer of music that is deeply infused by the world of tango but very aware of classical avant-gardistic writing.
Marcelo Nisinman got to know Astor Piazzolla as a child, when Piazzolla and his quintet used to come to rehearse at his parents apartment in central Buenos Aires. From Marcelo we heard many stories about Piazzolla, his passion for boxing and shark fishing, his motto ‘no risk, no life’ and his larger than life personality. It seems fitting to end this record with three early ‘Parisian’ tangos that Piazzolla wrote while living in the city in the early 1950’s.
Kleurrijk en levendig, en een project dat hen na aan het hart ligt, dat is het album Pas de deux van violist Daniel Rowland en celliste Maja Bogdanović. Er staan veel nieuwe stukken op van bevriende hedendaagse componisten, maar ook werken van Sibelius, Debussy, Ravel en Piazzolla. Alle kleuren van de regenboog komen voorbij.

We nemen je mee op reis met Daniel en Maja. Die reis begint bij Regendruppels, een charmante muzikale schets van de tienjarige Jean Sibelius. Zijn liefde voor de natuur zou ons een tiental jaar later enkele van de grootste werken binnen het symfonisch repertoire bezorgen.

Diep geraakt door de dood van paus Johannes Paul II in 2005, schreef de Poolse componist Krzysztof Penderecki de 'Ciaconna', een in memoriam voor deze overleden paus. In de vorm van een klaagzang en bestemd voor een strijkorkest. Zijn transcriptie van het stuk is een opzichzelfstaande, onafhankelijke, artistieke verklaring: subtiel en virtuoos, vol ware romantische emotie.

De Letse Pēteris Vasks zette een tekst van de heilige Teresa van Ávila op muziek. Zij was een Spaanse karmelietes en befaamd mysticus, die in 1577 een leidraad schreef voor spirituele ontwikkeling door dienst en gebed. Het Innerlijke Kasteel is een driedelige compositie van pure, diep gevoelde, eerbiedige muziek, onderbroken door twee razende, rustverstorende, onheilspellende passages. Maar de liefde en het geloof overwinnen de donkere krachten.

De twee musici smeekten hun vriend Craig White een arrangement te maken van een piano prelude van Debussy. Speciaal voor deze cd schreef hij een wonderlijk mooie versie van Debussy's negende piano prelude uit boek 1. Ook Maurice Ravel had Debussy voor ogen toen hij zijn prachtige sonate, ter herinnering aan hem, componeerde. Door Daniel Rowland en Maja Bogdanović gezien als hun caleidoscoop, een vergrootglas dat hen gelijktijdig, zowel heen en terug in de tijd brengt.

En dan zijn we aanbeland bij de 58-jarige, Siciliaanse cellist en componist Giovanni Sollima. In de muziekwereld een van de meest kleurrijke en eclectische persoonlijkheden van zijn generatie en iemand die het hart van muziekminnend Nederland heeft gestolen. Hij schreef Heimat Terra, de titel komt van een wonderschone tekst van de antropoloog Edgar Morin.

De reis vindt zijn einde bij de tango, bij Marcelo Nisinman en Astor Piazzolla. Nisinman is een van de grootste tango artiesten van deze tijd, een briljante bandoneon virtuoos en bevriend met Daniel en Maja. Hij is een unieke persoonlijke, selectieve componist, die muziek maakt, diep doortrokken van de wereld van de tango, maar die zich tegelijkertijd zeer bewust is van de klassieke avantgardistische muziek. Hij leerde Astor Piazzolla al als kind kennen toen Piazzolla en zijn kwintet thuis bij zijn ouders in het centrum van Buenos Aires kwamen repeteren. Marcelo vertelde heel wat verhalen over Piazzolla, over zijn voorliefde voor het boksen en de haaienvangst, zijn motto 'zonder risico geen leven' en zijn levensgrote persoonlijkheid. Het past dan ook om deze reis af te sluiten met drie vroege 'Parijse' tango's, die Astor Piazzolla schreef toen hij daar woonde begin jaren 1950.
Maja und Daniel: Wir sind überglücklich, diese neue Aufnahme "Pas de deux" mit vielen neuen Stücken von befreundeten Komponisten zu präsentieren - es ist ein Projekt, das uns sehr am Herzen liegt. Die große Sonate von Ravel ist gewissermaßen unser Kaleidoskop, ein Spiegel, der uns in der Zeit zurück und vorwärts führt, und zwar beides gleichzeitig.

Unsere Reise beginnt mit dem allerersten Stück. Regentropfen" ist eine charmante Vignette des 10-jährigen Sibelius, dessen Liebe zur Natur uns ein Jahrzehnt später natürlich einige der größten Werke des symphonischen Repertoires bescheren würde.
Tief bewegt durch den Tod von Papst Johannes Paul II. schrieb Penderecki 2005 die Ciaconna in memoriam Giovanni Paulo II Ciaconna für Streichorchester. Seine Transkription des Stücks ist eine in sich geschlossene, eigenständige künstlerische Aussage: subtil und virtuos, erfüllt von Emotionen echter Romantik.
Die innere Burg von Peteris Vasks war ein Text, den die heilige Teresa von Ávila, spanische Karmeliterinnen und berühmte Mystikerin, 1577 als Leitfaden für die spirituelle Entwicklung durch Dienst und Gebet verfasst hat. Das Werk ist als ein Tryptichon reiner, tief empfundener, ehrfürchtiger Musik konzipiert, die meine beiden frenetischen, verstörenden, dunklen Passagen unterbrach. Die Liebe und der Glaube erobert die dunklen Kräfte.
Wir baten unseren Freund Craig White, ein Debussy-Klavierpräludium zu arrangieren, und er schuf für diese CD diese wunderschöne Version des 9.
Der sizilianische Cellist/Komponist Giovanni Sollima ist eine der farbigsten, eklektischsten und musikalischsten Persönlichkeiten seiner Generation. Heimat Terra: Der Titel basiert auf einem wunderschönen Text des Anthropologen Edgar Morin.
Marcelo Nisinman ist einer der großen Tangokünstler unserer Zeit, ein brillanter Bandoneon-Virtuose und großer Freund sowie ein einzigartiger persönlicher, eklektischer Komponist von Musik, die tief von der Welt des Tangos durchdrungen ist, sich aber der klassischen avantgardistischen Musik sehr bewusst ist.
Marcelo Nisinman lernte Astor Piazzolla als Kind kennen, als Piazzolla und sein Quintett zu den Proben in die Wohnung seiner Eltern im Zentrum von Buenos Aires kamen. Von Marcelo hörten wir viele Geschichten über Piazzolla, seine Leidenschaft für Boxen und Haifischfang, sein Motto "kein Risiko, kein Leben" und seine überlebensgroße Persönlichkeit. Es scheint angemessen, diese Aufzeichnung mit drei frühen "Pariser" Tangos zu beenden, die Piazzolla während seines Aufenthalts in der Stadt in den frühen 1950er Jahren schrieb.

Artist(s)

Dutch/English violinist Daniel Rowland’s playing has been acclaimed as “wonderful, ravishing in its finesse” by The Guardian, “totally and truly charismatic” by Beeld, while The Herald praised his “astonishing sound and uniquely single-minded intensity”.

Daniel has established himself on the international scene as a highly versatile, charismatic and adventurous performer. Concerto performances in recent seasons have included Philip Glass with Orchestre de Picardie, Bernstein with the Princeton and Columbus Symphony Orchestras, Schnittke in Finland, Vivaldi/Piazzolla Seasons with the Ulster Orchestra and the world premiere of the Rogowsky Violin Concerto with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra. Daniel will soon appear with the Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra in Mexico to give the very first performance of the Michel van der Aa Violin Concerto in that region. He also looks forward to returning to the USA to work with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra again in 2020.

He has performed in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, most notably the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Glinka Hall in St. Petersburg and the Gulbenkian in Lisbon. He has collaborated with noted conductors such as Andrei Boreiko, Djanzug Khakidze, Viktor Liberman, Lawrence Foster, Heinz Holliger, Francois Xavier Roth, Rossen Milanov, Anthony Hermes and Jaap van Zweden.

A passionate chamber musician, Daniel has performed with artists as diverse as Ivry Gitlis, Polina Leschenko, Heinz Holliger, Dawn Upshaw, Gilles Apap, Alexander Lonquich, Marcelo Nisinman, Michael Collins, Nicolas Daniel, Lars Vogt, Willard White and Elvis Costello. He is a frequent guest at foremost international chamber music festivals such as Kuhmo, Stellenbosch, Risor, Sonoro, Beethoven Festival Chicago, Rio de Janeiro, Chiemgau and Osnabrück. The Stift International Music Festival, of which he is the founder and artistic director, saw its fifteenth edition in August 2019.

Daniel forms an acclaimed recital duo with pianist Natacha Kudritskaya. Their recording ‘Les années folles’ (Ravel, Debussy, Poulenc, Gershwin & Antheil) for Gutman Records was released in June ’15 and was followed by their disc of Enescu violin/piano works for Champs Hill Records in November ’16, with a new Franck/Chausson release coming shortly. Daniel and the superb Serbian/French cellist Maja Bogdanovic also perform together regularly as a duo, with engagements in the USA and at many of Europe’s leading festivals. Daniel is also a founding member of the contemporary tango quintet ‘ChamberJam’.

Until May 2019, Daniel was first violinist of the renowned Brodsky Quartet. During his twelve years with them they toured extensively worldwide and made many recordings, mostly for Chandos. In March 2016 the Brodsky Quartet recorded the complete Shostakovich quartets, live at the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, to rave reviews.

Daniel is professor of violin at the Royal College of Music in London and an International Visiting Artist at RIAM in Dublin. He plays the “Ex-Rode” Guarneri del Gesù violin (Cremona ca. 1736), kindly on loan from the Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation.

Daniel was born in London, and started his violin lessons in Enschede after his parents moved to Twente in the eastern Netherlands. He studied with Jan Repko, Davina van Wely, Herman Krebbers, Viktor Liberman and Igor Oistrakh. Meeting Ivry Gitlis in 1995 was of great significance, leading to lessons in Paris and, later, to musical collaborations. Daniel’s competition successes include first prize at the 1995 Oskar Back competition at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Brahms Prize in Baden-Baden.

Hailed by The Strad after her Carnegie Hall recital for “an outstanding performance of exceptional tonal beauty, great maturity of interpretation, and technical excellence”, Maja Bogdanovic continues to reward audiences worldwide as one of the leading cellists of today.

Ms. Bogdanovic’s concerto engagements include Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Berlin Symphony at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Tokyo Philharmonic, Bremerhaven Staatsorchester, Bergische Philharmonie, Slovenian, Belgrade and Macedonian Philharmonic, Orchestra del Teatro Civico Schio, Lubbock Symphony, Spokane Symphony, Munchenner kammerorchester, Sydenham Festival Orchestra, Serbian Radio Symphony, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Korean Wonju Philharmonic Orchestra, Salta Symphony Orchestra, Morelia Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Bartholomew Orchestra London, Vojvodina Symphony, Orchestre des Laureats du Conservatoire de Paris, Orchestre de Chambre Nouvelle Europe as well as chamber orchestras Dusan Skovran, St. George Strings and the Sejong Soloists.

The quality of her recital and chamber music interpretations continues to be applauded at many of the world’s leading venues and festivals which include the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, Tonhalle Dusseldorf, Salle Pleyel, Salle Gaveau and Amphitheatre Sorbonne Paris, Palais des Congres Nantes, Prinzregententheater Munich, the Festival de Radio France et Montpellier, Kuhmo Festival, Beauvais Cello Festival, Festival du Perigord Noir, Giverny Festival, European Festival of Young Talents in Paris, Plaisir de Musiques Annecy, Arcachon Festival, Classiques d’avenir Biarritz, Folles journees in Nantes, Roque d’Antheron, Zeist Festival in Holland and Amsterdamse Cello Biennale.

Among her exceptionally wide repertoire, Ms. Bogdanovic dedicates a special place as a champion of contemporary music. She has premiered works of Krzysztof Penderecki, Sofia Gubaidulina, Philip Sawyers, Nicolas Bacri, Eric Tanguy, Benjamin Yusupov, Ivan Jevtic and others. Most notably, her collaboration with Krzysztof Penderecki began in France, with the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, and continued with the Belgrade Philharmonic, Slovenian Philharmonic and the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich. Among a select group of world’s leading artists that have included Lorin Maazel, Anne-Sophie Mutter and others, Maja was invited to give a special performance in Warsaw for the occasion of the composer’s 80th birthday, collaborating with Yuri Bashmet, Julian Rachlin and Barry Douglas.

Continuing her work as a prolific recording artist, Ms. Bogdanovic produced several internationally released CD recordings for the French label Lyrinx, as well as the Nimbus label recording of the Concerto for Cello and Orchestra dedicated to her by the English composer Philip Sawyers. Laureate of leading international competitions, Maja Bogdanovic won the First Prize at the Aldo Parisot Cello Competition, received the Second Prize and the Special Audience Award at the Gaspar Cassado International Competition, was awarded the special prize at the Concours Rostropovich in Paris and, in the same year, she also became a multiple laureate of the International Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Belgrade, as the recipient of the Third and two special awards. In 2008, the Safran Foundation for Music presented her the prize for achievements, and was the winner of the UMUS Artist of the Year Award in 2011.

Maja graduated with the First Prize at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris, where she completed her postgraduate course with Michel Strauss in addition to studying chamber music with Itamar Golan and Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Following her studies in Paris, she pursued further training at the UDK Berlin with Prof. Jens Peter Maintz, as well as with Bernard Greenhouse, Alban Gerhardt, Young-Chang Cho and Heinrich Schiff. Maja’s music education begun at a very early age with Prof. Nada Jovanovic at the Kosta Manojlovic Music School in Zemun, during which time she won the highest awards at national and international competitions in the Czech Republic, Austria, France and Italy. Maja Bogdanovic plays a violoncello custom made for her by the renowned French luthier Frank Ravatin.

Press

This disc leaves the impression of having observed landscapes from all over the world.
Classica, 01-5-2021

Maja Bogdanovic and David Rowland lead us into a Pas de deux which takes us to explore a new emotional and sensory musical universe. A success!
Crescendo Magazine, 17-9-2020

A narrative CD to warm up with.
Luister, 17-7-2020

heartbreakingly beautiful...
Luister, 15-5-2020

The golden couple Bogdanović and Rowland. Adventurous declaration of love for violin and cello.
Luister, 10-4-2020

The strong musical individuals Rowland and Bogdanović find each other in soft melodies.
De Volkskrant, 19-3-2020

Magical meeting of cello and violin.
NRC, 12-3-2020

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