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French Fantasy

Maria Bachmann

French Fantasy

Format: CD
Label: Bridge
UPC: 0090404939426
Catnr: BRIDG 9394
Release date: 02 October 2015
1 CD
 
Label
Bridge
UPC
0090404939426
Catalogue number
BRIDG 9394
Release date
02 October 2015
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Artist(s)
Composer(s)
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About the album

The New York Times hailed Maria Bachmann as "a violinist of soul and patrician refinement", and The Boston Globe as "astonishing in every musical and technical regard." Maria Bachmann studied at The Curtis Institute of Music with Ivan Galamian and Szymon Goldberg, and was awarded Curtis's Fritz Kreisler Prize. Mr. Neiman has performed as soloist with the symphony orchestras of Belgrade, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Saint Louis, San Francisco, and is a highly-acclaimed recitalist. This recording presents the duo performing a collection of French masterpieces by Debussy, Franck and Saint-Saëns.
Maria Bachmann, von der New York Tinmes as "Violinistin mit Seele unnd patrizischer Finesse" gefeiert, stellt hier gemeinsam mit Adam Neiman ihre Interpretationen französischer Meisterwerke von Debussy, Franck und Saint-Saëns vor.

Artist(s)

Maria Bachmann

A violinist who combines outstanding musicianship with dazzling technical command, a tone of exceptional purity, and a magnetic stage presence, Maria Bachmann has received critical accolades from the beginning of her career. The New York Times has hailed her as 'a violinist of soul and patrician refinement...warmly lyrical, and unexpectedly sensuous.' Ms. Bachmann has forged a unique profile as a soloist, violinist of Trio Solisti, recording artist, eminent proponent of new music, and Artistic Director of Telluride MusicFest in Colorado. Among Maria's latest CD releases are Trio Solisti's Ravel & Chausson Piano Trios on Bridge, and French Piano Quartets with pianist Adam Neiman, violist Hsin-Yun Huang, and cellist Edward Arron on the Aeolian Classics label. In 2016, CD releases include her recording...
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A violinist who combines outstanding musicianship with dazzling technical command, a tone of exceptional purity, and a magnetic stage presence, Maria Bachmann has received critical accolades from the beginning of her career. The New York Times has hailed her as "a violinist of soul and patrician refinement...warmly lyrical, and unexpectedly sensuous." Ms. Bachmann has forged a unique profile as a soloist, violinist of Trio Solisti, recording artist, eminent proponent of new music, and Artistic Director of Telluride MusicFest in Colorado.
Among Maria's latest CD releases are Trio Solisti's Ravel & Chausson Piano Trios on Bridge, and French Piano Quartets with pianist Adam Neiman, violist Hsin-Yun Huang, and cellist Edward Arron on the Aeolian Classics label. In 2016, CD releases include her recording of Paul Moravec's Violin Concerto with Rossen Milanov conducting Symphony in C for NAXOS, and Trio Solisti's Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov Piano Trios. Her recordings encompassing works from Beethoven to new music can be found on Sony Masterworks, Sony/RCA Red Seal, Naxos, Endeavour Classics, Orange Mountain Music, and Bridge Records.
Ms. Bachmann has made acclaimed debuts with The National Symphony at The Kennedy Center, The St. Louis Symphony, the Taipai Symphony and Shanghai Symphony, and has worked with conductors Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano and Marin Alsop. In 2010, Ms. Bachmann performed Philip Glass's Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra with the Orchestra of The Hague in The Netherlands, and the World Premiere of Paul Moravec's Violin Concerto at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center. She has performed recitals in Tokyo, Paris, Shanghai, Taipei, The Kennedy Center and Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., Herbst Theater in San Francisco, Ambassador Auditorium in Los Angeles, New York's Town Hall, Merkin Hall and Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Boston's Jordan Hall.
Her competition victories include first prizes at The Fritz Kreisler Competition in Vienna, The Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York and The Pro Musicis Award. Maria Bachmann studied at the Curtis Institute of Music with Ivan Galamian and Szymon Goldberg, and was awarded the Fritz Kriesler Prize for outstanding graduating violinist. She performs on a 1782 violin by Niccolo Gagliano. www.mariabachmann.com
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Adam Neiman (piano)

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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César Franck

César Franck was simultaneously a child prodigy and a late bloomer. His parents quickly discovered his enormous talent, but they were mostly interested in the money and fame that he might generate. Because of this, he was presented as a piano virtuoso, without a focus on composition. Unfortunately, his virtuoso career was less promising then they had hoped, and he started earning his money more as a teacher and organist. Composing stayed in the background, but in the mean time he did get some notable students, such as Henri Duparc. After a while, a sort of 'Franck school' of students arose, albeit against his will, who affectionately called him ‘Pater seraphicus’. It was not until he was 50 before he started...
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César Franck was simultaneously a child prodigy and a late bloomer. His parents quickly discovered his enormous talent, but they were mostly interested in the money and fame that he might generate. Because of this, he was presented as a piano virtuoso, without a focus on composition. Unfortunately, his virtuoso career was less promising then they had hoped, and he started earning his money more as a teacher and organist. Composing stayed in the background, but in the mean time he did get some notable students, such as Henri Duparc. After a while, a sort of "Franck school" of students arose, albeit against his will, who affectionately called him ‘Pater seraphicus’. It was not until he was 50 before he started to receive some acclaim as a composer, and from his 52nd he started a very prolific period, lasting until his death at the age of 68.
Nowadays, Franck is mostly known for his instrumental music, peaking at the famous Violin Sonata in A. Besides this work,, his small collection of organ works was particularly influential.
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Camille Saint-Saëns

Camille Saint-Saëns was a French composer, conductor, pianist and organist. He was a musical prodigy, writing his first pieces of music at the age of four and making his concert debut at the age of ten. During this concert he astonished the audience by playing one of the 32 piano sonatas of Beethoven at its request. After his studying at the Conservatory of Paris he followed a career as a church organist at Saint-Merri and later La Madeleine in Paris. He was also a successful freelance composer and pianist in France and abroad. Saint-Saëns initially helped to introduce German composers such as Robert Schumann and Richard Wagner in France. However, from 1870 onwards anti-German sentiments began to arise in France as...
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Camille Saint-Saëns was a French composer, conductor, pianist and organist. He was a musical prodigy, writing his first pieces of music at the age of four and making his concert debut at the age of ten. During this concert he astonished the audience by playing one of the 32 piano sonatas of Beethoven at its request. After his studying at the Conservatory of Paris he followed a career as a church organist at Saint-Merri and later La Madeleine in Paris. He was also a successful freelance composer and pianist in France and abroad.
Saint-Saëns initially helped to introduce German composers such as Robert Schumann and Richard Wagner in France. However, from 1870 onwards anti-German sentiments began to arise in France as a result of the Franco-Prussian War, which enhanced support for the idea of a pro-French musical society. In 1871 Saint-Saëns consequently founded the Société Nationale de Musique together with Romain Bussine, that was devoted to the promotion of French music and organised concerts on which young composers could perform their works.
Saint-Saëns was a keen traveler, and made 179 trips to 27 different countries during his life. He favoured Algeria and Egypt, were he gained inspiration for compositions such as the Suite Algérienne and the Fifth Piano Concerto, also known as The Egyptian.
Saint-Saëns' best-known works include the First Cello Concerto, Third Symphony, the opera Samson et Dalila, Danse Macabre and Le carnaval des animaux, a humorous suite in which various animals are musically portrayed. However, he never wanted the last work to be performed, since it was contrary to his image as a serious composer.
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01.
Beau Soir
03:06
(Claude Debussy, Cesar Franck, Camille Saint-Saëns) Maria Bachmann, Adam Neiman
02.
Sonata in A major: I. Allegretto ben moderato
06:22
(Claude Debussy, Cesar Franck, Camille Saint-Saëns) Maria Bachmann, Adam Neiman
03.
Sonata in A major: II. Allegro
08:08
(Claude Debussy, Cesar Franck, Camille Saint-Saëns) Maria Bachmann, Adam Neiman
04.
Sonata in A major: III. Recitativo-Fantasia
07:23
(Claude Debussy, Cesar Franck, Camille Saint-Saëns) Maria Bachmann, Adam Neiman
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Sonata in A major: IV. Allegretto poco mosso
06:14
(Claude Debussy, Cesar Franck, Camille Saint-Saëns) Maria Bachmann, Adam Neiman
06.
Sonata in G minor: I. Allegro vivo
05:17
(Claude Debussy, Cesar Franck, Camille Saint-Saëns) Maria Bachmann, Adam Neiman
07.
Sonata in G minor: II. Fantasque et leger
04:26
(Claude Debussy, Cesar Franck, Camille Saint-Saëns) Maria Bachmann, Adam Neiman
08.
Sonata in G minor: III. Finale: Tres anime
04:38
(Claude Debussy, Cesar Franck, Camille Saint-Saëns) Maria Bachmann, Adam Neiman
09.
Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 75: I. Allegro agitato
06:57
(Claude Debussy, Cesar Franck, Camille Saint-Saëns) Maria Bachmann, Adam Neiman
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Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 75: II. Adagio
05:38
(Claude Debussy, Cesar Franck, Camille Saint-Saëns) Maria Bachmann, Adam Neiman
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Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 75: III. Allegretto moderato
03:51
(Claude Debussy, Cesar Franck, Camille Saint-Saëns) Maria Bachmann, Adam Neiman
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Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 75: IV. Allegro molto
06:03
(Claude Debussy, Cesar Franck, Camille Saint-Saëns) Maria Bachmann, Adam Neiman
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