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Upcoming Releases from Toccata Classics!

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« on: November 28, 2012, 08:51:57 pm »

Here's two promising upcoming releases from Martin Anderson and Co. Smiley:

-Theodor Grigoriu(b. 1923): "Byzantium after Byzantium". Includes:

-"Trinity Concerto" for violin and orchestra
-Sonata for solo violin "The Great Passage"
-Violin Sonata "The Eternal Return"

Sherban Lupu, violin; Sinfonia da Camera/Ian Hobson; Andrei Tanasescu, piano

Theodor Grigoriu (born in Moravia in 1923) is one of the major Romanian composers in the period after Enescu, with a vast output little known outside his own country, although it includes oratorios, symphonies, cantatas, chamber music, film-scores and much more. His musical roots reach back to Romanian folk-music and to the modal melodies of ancient Byzantium – as in this large-scale triptych, consisting of a violin concerto, sonata for solo violin and sonata for violin and piano. All three works are performed here by Sherban Lupu, the violinist for whom the music was written.

I've never heard anything by this composer before, but the description sounds rather interesting Smiley!

Bernhard Sekles(1872-1933): Chamber Music. Includes:

-Violin Sonata, op. 44
-Cello Sonata in D minor, op. 28 (which was recently uploaded here in a different performance)
-Chaconne on an Eight-Bar March Theme for viola and piano, op. 38
-Capriccio in Four Movements for piano trio

Solomia Soroka, violin; Noreen Silver, cello; Phillip Silver, piano

Bernhard Sekles (1872–1933) was one of the leading figures in German music in the first decades of the twentieth century, prominent as composer, educator and administrator. In 1928, as director of the Hoch Conservatorium in Frankfurt, he established the first academic programme in jazz studies, an act of courage and conviction that unleashed furious attacks from the Nazi press. His own music, banned during the Third Reich, has been virtually forgotten, although he composed in all major genres, including opera, symphony, lieder and chamber music. As the works on this recording illustrate, Sekles’ music finds room for diverse elements – including Neoclassicism, Brahmsian Romanticism and jazz – and can be refreshingly quirky.

Again, sounds highly interesting!

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