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Chamber Music - GLAZUNOV, A.K. / PROKOFIEV, S. / GURDIJIEFF, G. / CHEBOTARIAN, G. (Levant) (Amici Chamber Ensemble)

Chamber Music - GLAZUNOV, A.K. / PROKOFIEV, S. / GURDIJIEFF, G. / CHEBOTARIAN, G. (Levant) (Amici Chamber Ensemble)

The Classical Shop
release date: December 2012

Originally recorded in 2012

Artists:

Amici Chamber Ensemble

Ensemble

Serouj Kradjian

Soloist

Benjamin Bowman

Soloist

Amici Chamber Ensemble



Record Label
Atma Classiqe

Genre:

Chamber


Classical

Total Time - 65:40
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Chamber Music - GLAZUNOV, A.K. / PROKOFIEV, S. / GURDIJIEFF, G. / CHEBOTARIAN, G. (Levant) (Amici Chamber Ensemble)

     
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ALEXANDER KONSTANTINOVICH GLAZUNOV

1 

2 Pieces, Op. 14

6:25
 Benjamin Bowman Soloist
     
 

SERGEY PROKOFIEV

2 

Overture on Hebrew Themes, Op. 34

8:26
 Benjamin Bowman Soloist
     
 

THOMAS DE HARTMANN

3 

Armenian Song

2:43
 Serouj Kradjian Soloist
     
 

GAYANE CHEBOTARIAN

 

Piano Trio

 
4 Piano Trio 8:11
 Benjamin Bowman Soloist
     
 

SOLHI AL-WADI

5 II. Burlesque: Allegro 3:04
 Benjamin Bowman Soloist
     
6 IV. Adagio - Moderato - Adagio 11:29
 Benjamin Bowman Soloist
     
 

GEORGES GURDJIEFF

7 

Music of the Sayyids and the Dervishes, Series 3

4:45
 Serouj Kradjian Soloist
     
 

MARKO TAJCEVIC

 

7 Balkanskih igara (7 Balkan Dances) (arr. for clarinet trio)

 
8 No. 1. Con moto 1:32
  Amici Chamber Ensemble Ensemble
     
9 No. 2. Rustico 1:34
  Amici Chamber Ensemble Ensemble
     
10 No. 3. Vivo 0:49
  Amici Chamber Ensemble Ensemble
     
11 No. 4. Sostenuto e cantabile 2:06
  Amici Chamber Ensemble Ensemble
     
12 No. 5. Allegro ritmico 0:55
  Amici Chamber Ensemble Ensemble
     
13 No. 6. Allegretto 0:47
  Amici Chamber Ensemble Ensemble
     
14 No. 7. Allegro quasi pesante 1:06
  Amici Chamber Ensemble Ensemble
     
 

THOMAS DE HARTMANN

15 

Music of the Sayyids and the Dervishes, Series 1

3:17
 Serouj Kradjian Soloist
     
 

RABIH ABOU-KHALIL

16 

Arabian Waltz

4:06
 Benjamin Bowman Soloist
     
 

OSVALDO GOLIJOV

17 

Levante

4:25
 Serouj Kradjian Soloist


The fascinating, and mystifying sounds and colours of Levant, the “region of the rising Sun”, are the focus of Amici Ensemble’s latest recording project. With music inspired by the Near East, the journey starts in the Balkans, moves into Israel, the Arabian Peninsula and up to the Caucasus mountains, and features an eclectic selection of works by Prokofiev, Gurdjieff, Golijov, and Abou-Khalil, among others.
 
The Amici Chamber Ensemble has been at the forefront of the Canadian chamber music scene over the past twenty-five years. Clarinetist Joaquin Valdepeñas, cellist David Hetherington, and pianist Serouj Kradjian invite some of the finest musicians to join them in eclectic programming and projects, at the same time celebrating friendship through music; hence the name Amici. Some of the many renowned artists who have performed with Amici are James Ehnes, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Benjamin Bowman, Russell Braun, Michael Schade, Cho-Liang Lin, Jaime Laredo, André Laplante and James Sommerville. 
 
"This is a strange yet wonderful disc of music from the Midle East and environs, or influenced by the same... This is a wonderful album, not only eclectic and fun but a real musical education. Bravo, Amici!"
 
Lynn René Bayley - Fanfare - March/April 2013

"...Most of the music on the latest album by Toronto’s Amici Chamber Ensemble is not well known. But thanks to brilliant, affecting performances, there isn’t a single piece among the 10 works represented that doesn’t deserve our attention. The album’s title, Levant, suggests the Middle East, but in fact this music represents many different crossing and meeting points, like bridges and ferries crossing the Bosphorous... None of the pieces or arrangements is cloying or artificial. They stand as self-sufficient pieces of music, played with utter conviction by Amici core members Joaquin Valdepeñas (clarinet), Serouj Kradjian (piano) and David Hetherington (cello), augmented by violinists Benjamin Bowman and Stephen Sitarski and violist Steven Dann..."
 
John Terauds - Musical Toronto - 14 November 2012

 "...This is a marvelously conceived and performed program. The recording has strikingly real quality thanks to the superb engineering of the ATMA crew of Carlos Prieto and the label’s chief Johanne Goyette. Here’s one for the best of the year list!

 
Craig Zeichner - ariama.com - 26 November 2012

 "Clarinettist Joaquin Valdepeñas, cellist David Hetherington and pianist Serouj Kradjian are joined by first-rate guests (Benjamin Bowman and Stephen Sitarski, violins, Steven Dann, viola) to perform a wide range of pieces which make up the passionately played program of this superb recording. The music of familiar composers such as Glazunov and Prokofiev sits alongside that of littleknown Gayané Chebotaryan, Solhi Al-Wadi, Marko Tajcevic and other artists inspired by the “sounds and colours of the Middle East,” as explained in Kradjian’s informative liner notes. Highlights include Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes, involving all the musicians and featuring Valdepeñas’ gorgeous clarinet sound, and the Seven Balkan Dances by Tajcevic, a 20th century Yugoslav composer. The performance of these dances is highly spirited and showcases the artistry and virtuosity of the core ensemble. The program is punctuated by chants by the spiritual teacher George Gurdjieff, arranged for solo piano by Thomas de Hartmann. These contemplative pieces, sensitively played by Kradjian, act as a welcome foil to the larger, longer and more intense ensemble pieces.The disc ends with a sensational solo piano work — Levante, by Osvaldo Golijov — brilliantly rendered by Kradjian. The string playing by Hetherington and guests is rhapsodic and committed and the whole disc exudes polish and thoughtful musicianship. Special mention should be made of Carlos Prieto’s engineering."

 
Larry Beckwith - The WholeNote - 30 January 2013
 



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