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The Last Rose of Summer
Various composers

Benjamin Baker

The Last Rose of Summer

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Format: CD
Label: Champs Hill
UPC: 5060212590992
Catnr: CHRCD 096
Release date: 06 October 2017
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Champs Hill
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5060212590992
Catalogue number
CHRCD 096
Release date
06 October 2017

""The Last Rose of Summer", a magnificent CD!"

Stretto, 17-10-2017
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About the album

Richard Strauss wrote his famous Violin Sonata in his early twenties, inspired by a summer in the Italian countryside, and by falling in love with Pauline de Ahna in the same year, who was later to become his wife.

Beethoven was just starting to realise the horror of losing his hearing by the time he wrote his Violin Sonata No.2 in his late twenties.

Kreislers Alt-Wiener Tanzweisen (Old Viennese Dances) are salon pieces which describe aspects of love including joy, sorrow and eternal love, the last of which he dedicated to his wife.

The hauntingly beautiful poem by Thomas Moore upon which Ernst based his The Last Rose of Summer variations captures the intensity of love, of loss and of the youthful questioning of the future. The title of the Irish air the poem is set to is The Young Mans Dream, originally Aislean an Oigfear.

Born in New Zealand in 1990, Benjamin Baker first picked up a violin at the age of three. Four years later he had notched up seven television appearances in New Zealand and played with the celebrated violinist Nigel Kennedy, who recommended he apply to The Yehudi Menuhin School in London. In 2007 Benjamin's debut at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra was described by The Daily Telegraph as hugely impressive.

A consummate musician, Robert Thompson is equally at home as soloist and chamber musician. He has performed as soloist at Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, the Leeds and Nottingham International Piano Series, and chamber music performances at Wigmore Hall and The Sage Gateshead.
Op dit album spelen violist Benjamin Baker en pianist Robert Thompson een aantal intieme vioolsonates van vier componisten. De twee musici kozen voor een repertoire rond thema's als jeugd, liefde en verlies. Muziek die varieert van vrolijk en uitbundig tot stil en ingetogen, met een enkel vleugje droevenis. Het album dat vernoemd is naar het prachtige gedicht 'The Last Rose of Summer' van Thomas Moore is absoluut de moeite van het beluisteren waard.

Nog maar net twintig was Richard Strauss, toen hij zijn beroemde Vioolsonate schreef. Geïnspireerd door een warme zomer op het Italiaanse platteland, en Pauline de Ahna op wie hij datzelfde jaar verliefd werd. Later zou Pauline zijn echtgenote worden.
Ludwig van Beethoven daarentegen ging richting de dertig toen hij zijn Vioolsonate nr. 2 schreef. In die periode was het ook dat hij zich de verschrikking van zijn beginnende doofheid realiseerde.
Fritz Kreisler's Alt-Wiener Tanzweizen (Oude Weense Dansen) zijn salonstukken die de aspecten van de liefde beschrijven, zoals vreugde, droefheid en eeuwige liefde. Het stuk over de eeuwige liefde droeg hij op aan zijn vrouw.

Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst baseerde zijn Étude no. 6, Variations on the Irish Air, op het wonderschone gedicht The Last Rose of Summer van de Ierse dichter Thomas Moore. Het gedicht behelst elementen als de intensiteit van de liefde, verlies en de zoektocht van de jeugd naar de toekomst. Het gedicht dat stamt uit 1805, werd enkele jaren later op de muziek van het Ierse volkswijsje The Young Man's Dream, oorspronkelijk Aislean an Oigfear gezet. John Andrew Stevenson schreef de originele pianobegeleiding. Later in de 19e en 20ste eeuw gevolgd door diverse andere arrangementen.

Benjamin Baker in 1990 geboren in Nieuw-Zeeland, pakte al op driejarige leeftijd een viool op. Vier jaar later had hij in Nieuw-Zeeland al zeven keer voor televisie opgetreden. Ook mocht hij samenspelen met de vermaarde violist Nigel Kennedy, die de jonge Baker aanraadde om toelating aan te vragen tot de prestigieuze Yehudi Menuhin School in Londen. In 2007 debuteerde Baker in de Royal Albert Hall samen met het Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. Volgens The Daily Telegraph "een hoogst indrukwekkend optreden". De Britse pianist Robert Thompson voelt zich zowel solist als kamermusicus en beheerst beide disciplines even goed.

Artist(s)

Benjamin Baker (violin)

Born in New Zealand in 1990, Benjamin Baker first picked up a violin at the age of three. Four years later he had notched up seven television appearances in New Zealand and played with the celebrated violinist Nigel Kennedy, who recommended he apply to The Yehudi Menuhin School in London. Benjamin was given a scholarship, and in 1998 moved with his family from Wellington to London. He went on to complete his studies at the Royal College of Music with Natasha Boyarsky and Felix Andrievsky, graduating in 2014 with a Masters and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Rose Bowl. He was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2013. During his studies Benjamin won numerous prizes...
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Born in New Zealand in 1990, Benjamin Baker first picked up a violin at the age of three. Four years later he had notched up seven television appearances in New Zealand and played with the celebrated violinist Nigel Kennedy, who recommended he apply to The Yehudi Menuhin School in London. Benjamin was given a scholarship, and in 1998 moved with his family from Wellington to London. He went on to complete his studies at the Royal College of Music with Natasha Boyarsky and Felix Andrievsky, graduating in 2014 with a Masters and was

awarded the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Rose Bowl. He was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2013.

During his studies Benjamin won numerous prizes and awards including 1st Prize and the Audience Prize in the 2013 Windsor Festival International String Competition, 1st Prize in the 2012 Royal Over-Seas League Competition, 2nd Prize at the 2011 Postacchini International Violin Competition in Italy and the 2013 Development Prize from the Michael Hill Violin Competition in New Zealand.

In 2007 Benjamin’s debut at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra was described by The Daily Telegraph as ‘hugely impressive’. He went on to appear as

soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra (conducted by Nicholas Collon), the Orchestra Wellington, London Mozart Players, Joven Orquesta de Salamanca, Orpheus Sinfonia, Haydn Chamber Orchestra, Bath Philharmonia, the Romanian State Radio Orchestra and New English Concert Orchestra.


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Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include nine symphonies, five piano concertos, one violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, his great Mass the Missa solemnis, and one opera, Fidelio. Together with Mozart and Haydn, he was part of the First Viennese School.    Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire, Beethoven displayed his musical talents at an early age and was taught by his father Johann van Beethoven and by composer and conductor Christian Gottlob...
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Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include nine symphonies, five piano concertos, one violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, his great Mass the Missa solemnis, and one opera, Fidelio. Together with Mozart and Haydn, he was part of the First Viennese School. Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire, Beethoven displayed his musical talents at an early age and was taught by his father Johann van Beethoven and by composer and conductor Christian Gottlob Neefe. At the age of 21 he moved to Vienna, where he began studying composition with Joseph Haydn, and gained a reputation as a virtuoso pianist. He lived in Vienna until his death. By his late 20s his hearing began to deteriorate, and by the last decade of his life he was almost totally deaf. In 1811 he gave up conducting and performing in public but continued to compose; many of his most admired works come from these last 15 years of his life.

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Richard Strauss

Richard Georg Strauss was a leading German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras. He is known for his operas, which include Der Rosenkavalier, Elektra, Die Frau ohne Schatten and Salome; his Lieder, especially his  Four Last Songs; his tone poems, including Don Juan, Death and Transfiguration, and An Alpine Symphony; and other instrumental works such as Metamorphosen and his Oboe Concerto. Strauss was also a prominent conductor in Western Europe and the Americas, enjoying quasi-celebrity status as his compositions became standards of orchestral and operatic repertoire. Strauss, along with Gustav Mahler, represents the late flowering of German Romanticism after Richard Wagner, in which pioneering subtleties of orchestration are combined with an advanced harmonic style.
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Richard Georg Strauss was a leading German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras. He is known for his operas, which include Der Rosenkavalier, Elektra, Die Frau ohne Schatten and Salome; his Lieder, especially his Four Last Songs; his tone poems, including Don Juan, Death and Transfiguration, and An Alpine Symphony; and other instrumental works such as Metamorphosen and his Oboe Concerto. Strauss was also a prominent conductor in Western Europe and the Americas, enjoying quasi-celebrity status as his compositions became standards of orchestral and operatic repertoire.
Strauss, along with Gustav Mahler, represents the late flowering of German Romanticism after Richard Wagner, in which pioneering subtleties of orchestration are combined with an advanced harmonic style.

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Fritz Kreisler

Friedrich 'Fritz' Kreisler was an Austrian-born violinist and composer. One of the most noted violin masters of his or any other day, and regarded as one of the greatest violin masters of all time, he was known for his sweet tone and expressive phrasing. Like many great violinists of his generation, he produced a characteristic sound which was immediately recognisable as his own. Although it derived in many respects from the Franco-Belgian school, his style is nonetheless reminiscent of the gemütlich (cozy) lifestyle of pre-war Vienna.
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Friedrich "Fritz" Kreisler was an Austrian-born violinist and composer. One of the most noted violin masters of his or any other day, and regarded as one of the greatest violin masters of all time, he was known for his sweet tone and expressive phrasing.
Like many great violinists of his generation, he produced a characteristic sound which was immediately recognisable as his own. Although it derived in many respects from the Franco-Belgian school, his style is nonetheless reminiscent of the gemütlich (cozy) lifestyle of pre-war Vienna.

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"The Last Rose of Summer", a magnificent CD!
Stretto, 17-10-2017

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