En Voyage: Music for Violin and Cello | MSR Classics MS1550

En Voyage: Music for Violin and Cello


Label: MSR Classics

Cat No: MS1550

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 28th July 2017



In the world of chamber music for stringed instruments, the violin and cello duo repertoire occupies a unique place. While the string quartet repertoire stands atop as the most celebrated genre of chamber music, it is indeed rare to hear a performance consisting solely of violin and cello music. Noteworthy composers over the centuries have written profound works for string quartet throughout their lives, and many of them dedicated their final years to this genre. The range of sound that a string quartet is capable of producing, using two violins, viola and cello, has proven to be the ideal balance of colors and textures most appropriate for intimate and powerful communication. In addition, there are endless benefits and pleasures string quartet playing offers to musicians who desire to perfect their skills of listening and response as regards tone, rhythm, harmonies, phrasing and an array of unifying elements such as articulation and vibrato.

One common element in the duo repertoire composed over the last hundred years is that it challenges and tests the limits of both the instruments and the players. Since the two musicians have to tackle all the elements required to achieve a great musical performance, each playerís responsibility to deliver convincing sound, drama, energy, rhythm, color, and virtuosity are at least doubled compared to the playerís responsibility in a string quartet. Both parts are ridden with large registral leaps, series of chords, rhythmic complexity and outbursts of lyricism. This disc consists of three such compositions.

Korean-born violinist Soh-Hyun Park Altino is highly regarded as a gifted teacher and versatile performer of solo and chamber music. Brazilian cellist Leonardo Altino began his musical studies at the age of six, giving his orchestral debut performing Saint-SaŽnsí Cello Concerto No.1 at age eleven.

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