Daniel Rowland | Natacha Kudritskaya

A French Connection

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Label: Champs Hill
UPC: 5060212591647
Catnr: CHRCD 157
Release date: 05 March 2021
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Champs Hill
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5060212591647
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CHRCD 157
Release date
05 March 2021
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About the album

Daniel Rowland and Natacha Kudritskaya present two gorgeously romantic pieces in their second recording for Champs Hill Records: the Franck violin sonata, a perennial favourite; and the all too rarely heard Chausson concerto for violin, piano and string quartet.

The album also features the world premiere recordings of beautiful arrangements of three Debussy preludes by Craig White.

Daniel and Natacha’s previous recording of the Enescu Sonatas for Champs Hill Records (CHRCD120) was released in 2016 to critical acclaim:

"Daniel Rowland and Natacha Kudritskaya prove to be the perfect partnership and give an exquisite performance of music by Enescu ... Highly recommended." – BBC Music Magazine

"Rowland has a powerful, glamorous tone, gleaming down at the top and throaty and rugged down at the bottom, and Natacha Kudritskaya matches him every bar of the way for passion, fantasy and precision." – Gramophone

Artist(s)

Daniel Rowland (violin)

Dutch/English violinist Daniel Rowland’s playing has been acclaimed as ‘wonderful, ravishing in its finesse’ by The Guardian and as ‘both naked and highly virtuosic’ by NRC Handelsblad, while The Herald praised his ‘astonishing sound and uniquely single-minded intensity’.  Daniel has established himself on the international scene as a highly versatile, communicative, charismatic and adventurous performer, with a broad repertoire from Vivaldi to Van der Aa. In recent seasons Daniel has performed with concertos ranging from Beethoven to Brahms, Elgar, Berg, Korngold, Weinberg and Prokofiev, with conductors such as Heinz Holliger, Jaap van Zweden, François-Xavier Roth, Lawrence Foster, Antony Hermus and Rossen Milanov. He is a passionate advocate of contemporary concertos such as Vasks, Lindberg, Glass, Saariaho, Nisinman and Van der Aa....
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Dutch/English violinist Daniel Rowland’s playing has been acclaimed as ‘wonderful, ravishing in its finesse’ by The Guardian and as ‘both naked and highly virtuosic’ by NRC Handelsblad, while The Herald praised his ‘astonishing sound and uniquely single-minded intensity’.

Daniel has established himself on the international scene as a highly versatile, communicative, charismatic and adventurous performer, with a broad repertoire from Vivaldi to Van der Aa. In recent seasons Daniel has performed with concertos ranging from Beethoven to Brahms, Elgar, Berg, Korngold, Weinberg and Prokofiev, with conductors such as Heinz Holliger, Jaap van Zweden, François-Xavier Roth, Lawrence Foster, Antony Hermus and Rossen Milanov. He is a passionate advocate of contemporary concertos such as Vasks, Lindberg, Glass, Saariaho, Nisinman and Van der Aa. Recently he premiered Isidora Zebeljan‘s Violin Concerto ‘Three Curious Loves’ and this autumn sees the premiere of Roxanna Panufnik‘s ‘Songs of Love and Friendship’ with the Dutch Radio Choir at the Concertgebouw. September 2020 sees the release of ‘Distant Light’, with violin concertos by Peteris Vasks (Challenge Records).

A passionate chamber musician, Daniel has performed with artists as diverse as Ivry Gitlis, Heinz Holliger, Martha Argerich, Michael Collins, Lars Vogt, Giovanni Sollima, Marcelo Nisinman, Willard White and Elvis Costello. Daniel is one half of acclaimed duo partnerships with pianist Natacha Kudritskaya with whom he earlier recorded for Champs Hill Records a disc dedicated to the Enescu Sonatas (‘a perfect partnership’ – BBC Music Magazine), and with cellist Maja Bogdanovic, whose recent duo CD ‘Pas de deux’ (Challenge Records) was described as ‘a magical meeting between violin and cello’ by Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad. In 2005 Daniel founded the Stift International Music Festival in the bucolic region of Twente in the eastern Netherlands, where he grew up, with the 15th century Stiftkerk as the main venue. The festival has garnered acclaim as one of great intimacy, adventure and atmosphere. Daniel was for twelve years the leader of the Brodsky Quartet, performing all over the world, and making numerous recordings, including the celebrated Shostakowitch Cycle.

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, Igor Oistrakh and Ivry Gitlis. His violin is by Lorenzo Storioni (Cremona 1796), and his bow is a Maline, kindly loaned by the Dutch Instrument Foundation. He teaches at the Royal College of Music in London. He lives in Amsterdam with his partner, cellist Maja Bogdanovic´.


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Natacha Kudritskaya (piano)

Young Natacha first stepped into the classical music world as a student of the Lysenko Music School in Kiev, where she completed her training at the age of seventeen. After these formative years, she was part of three tours across the USA between 1996 and 2002 with the Kiev Symphony Orchestra; her very first experience as a concert musician.  She soon after entered the Tchaïkovski National Music Academy of Ukraine in Kiev where she followed the teachings of Irina Barinova and Igor Riabov and applied for the competitive CNSM in Paris at the age of nineteen. She studied simultaneously in both these institutions and graduated with the highest distinctions and honours of the jury.  Four personalities have left their imprint on Natacha’s...
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Young Natacha first stepped into the classical music world as a student of the Lysenko Music School in Kiev, where she completed her training at the age of seventeen. After these formative years, she was part of three tours across the USA between 1996 and 2002 with the Kiev Symphony Orchestra; her very first experience as a concert musician.

She soon after entered the Tchaïkovski National Music Academy of Ukraine in Kiev where she followed the teachings of Irina Barinova and Igor Riabov and applied for the competitive CNSM in Paris at the age of nineteen. She studied simultaneously in both these institutions and graduated with the highest distinctions and honours of the jury.

Four personalities have left their imprint on Natacha’s pianistic technique. First, Alain Planès, ‘my first professor, simply the representation of elegance, possessed a sheer sophisticated style’. Then came Jacques Rouvier, ‘very attached to the text, a rigorous and meticulous personality’. Her encounter with Ferenc Rados in Budapest, later on, was crucial: ‘he taught me how to read in between the notes’ and, finally, Henri Barda ‘felt like a hurricane devastating my whole work and training, for there to reign only the power of music’.

Rameau’s work marked a turning point in her approach of pianistic technique and she dedicated two albums to this composer: first in 2009, in association with Luciano Berio, and then in 2012, with the label 1001 Notes.

The year 2009 was marked by competitions, before a time spent refining her technique, her first recitals and an encounter with chamber music to which she has regularly returned. It was also the year she was invited to perform in the most prominent festivals and concert halls across France and Europe.

Since 2015 Natacha Kudritskaya has been part of the Universal Music catalogue.


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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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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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01.
Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet in D Major, Op. 21: I. Décidé - Calme - Anime
14:26
(Ernest Chausson) Daniel Rowland, Natacha Kudritskaya, Francesco Sica, Asia Jiménez Antón de Vez, Joel Waterman, Maja Bogdanovic’
02.
Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet in D Major, Op. 21: II. Sicilienne
04:27
(Ernest Chausson) Daniel Rowland, Natacha Kudritskaya, Francesco Sica, Asia Jiménez Antón de Vez, Joel Waterman, Maja Bogdanovic’
03.
Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet in D Major, Op. 21: III. Grave
10:22
(Ernest Chausson) Daniel Rowland, Natacha Kudritskaya, Francesco Sica, Asia Jiménez Antón de Vez, Joel Waterman, Maja Bogdanovic’
04.
Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet in D Major, Op. 21: IV. Finale. Trés animé
11:02
(Ernest Chausson) Daniel Rowland, Natacha Kudritskaya
05.
Préludes, Book 2, L. 123: X. Canope
03:45
(Claude Debussy) Daniel Rowland, Natacha Kudritskaya
06.
Préludes, Book 2, L. 123: V. Bruyères
02:59
(Claude Debussy) Daniel Rowland, Natacha Kudritskaya
07.
Préludes, Book 2, L. 123: III. La Puerta del Vino
03:32
(Claude Debussy) Daniel Rowland, Natacha Kudritskaya
08.
Violin Sonata in A Major, FWV 8: I. Allegretto ben moderato
06:16
(César Franck) Daniel Rowland, Natacha Kudritskaya
09.
Violin Sonata in A Major, FWV 8: II. Allegro
08:04
(César Franck) Daniel Rowland, Natacha Kudritskaya
10.
Violin Sonata in A Major, FWV 8: III. Recitativo fantastia
07:46
(César Franck) Daniel Rowland, Natacha Kudritskaya
11.
Violin Sonata in A Major, FWV 8: IV. Allegretto poco mosso
06:19
(César Franck) Daniel Rowland, Natacha Kudritskaya
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