Music from Five Centuries: 17th - 21st Elmira Darvarova & Howard Wall

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  • Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644 - 1704): Sonata representativa, C. 146:
  • 1Sonata representativa, C. 146: I. Allegro (Arr. H. Wall)01:44
  • Marin Marais (1656 - 1728): Pièces de viole, Book 2:
  • 2Pièces de viole, Book 2: No. 20, Les folies d'Espagne (Arr. H. Wall & E. Darvarova)03:24
  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750): Double Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1043:
  • 3Double Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1043: I. Vivace (Arr. H. Wall)04:04
  • Georg Friedrich Händel (1685 - 1759): Rinaldo, HW7:
  • 4Rinaldo, HW7: Lascia ch'io pianga (Arr. E. Darvarova & H. Wall)03:31
  • Jacobo Basevi Cervetto (1682 - 1783): Trio Sonata in C Minor, Op. 1 No. 6:
  • 5Trio Sonata in C Minor, Op. 1 No. 6: II. Alla breve (Arr. H. Wall)02:42
  • Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer (1703 - 1755): Pièces de clavecin, Book 1:
  • 6Pièces de clavecin, Book 1: No. 8, Suite de la bagatelle (Arr. E. Darvarova & H. Wall)01:36
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791): Duo for Violin & Viola in G Major, K. 423:
  • 7Duo for Violin & Viola in G Major, K. 423: III. Rondo (Arr. H. Wall)05:35
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844 - 1908): Scheherazade, Op. 35:
  • 8Scheherazade, Op. 35: III. The Young Prince and the Young Princess (Excerpts Arr. H. Wall & E. Darvarova)03:22
  • Vernon Duke (1903 - 1969):
  • 9Etude (Arr. H. Wall)03:30
  • José Serebrier (b. 1938):
  • 10If I Can Stop One Heart from Breaking, I Shall Not Live in Vain04:20
  • Dmitri Smirnov (1881 - 1944):
  • 11DSCH, Op. 118bis (Version for Violin & Horn)05:19
  • Duke Ellington (1899 - 1974):
  • 12Black Beauty (Arr. E. Darvarova & H. Wall)04:35
  • Vassily Lobanov (b. 1947):
  • 13Prayer02:27
  • Luis Anjos Teixeira (b. 1961):
  • 14Dança celtibérica02:12
  • Jan Bach (b. 1937): 4 Two-Bit Contraptions (Excerpts Arr. E. Darvarova):
  • 154 Two-Bit Contraptions (Excerpts Arr. E. Darvarova): No. 3, Gramophone01:28
  • Reinhold Glière (1875 - 1956): 8 Pieces, Op. 39:
  • 168 Pieces, Op. 39: No. 5, Intermezzo (Arr. H. Wall)02:34
  • Traditional:
  • 17Polegnala e Todora & Gankino horo (Arr. E. Darvarova)02:28
  • Zsolt Nagy (b. 1957):
  • 18Happy Blues04:35
  • Norman Zocher:
  • 19Rock Ethic (Cadenza by M. Rabson)08:09
  • Bugs Bower (b. 1922):
  • 20Bop Duet No. 9 (Arr. E. Darvarova & H. Wall)01:53
  • Bruce Thompson (b. 1937):
  • 21Un diario español, Página 92 (Excerpt Arr. E. Darvarova)02:17
  • Yui Kitamura (b. 1983):
  • 22A Bird and a Hawthorn Tree02:07
  • Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992):
  • 23Libertango (Arr. E. Darvarova & H. Wall)04:41
  • Louis-Gabriel Guillemain (1705-1770):
  • 24Sonata No. 5 in D Major, Op. 5 No. 5: III. Presto (Arr. H. Wall)04:16
  • Charles Koechlin (1867-1950):
  • 25Idylle, Op. 155bis (Arr. E. Darvarova & H. Wall)01:50
  • Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber: Sonata representativa, C. 146:
  • 26Sonata representativa, C. 146: II. Allemande (Arr. H. Wall)01:53
  • François Couperin (1668-1733): Premier livre de pièces de clavecin, Ordre 2:
  • 27Premier livre de pièces de clavecin, Ordre 2: No. 22, La voluptueuse (Arr. E. Darvarova & H. Wall)02:49
  • Marin Marais: Pièces de viole, Book 4:
  • 28Pièces de viole, Book 4: No. 39, Le basque (Arr. H. Wall & E. Darvarova)01:36
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959): Biachianas brasileiras No. 6, W392:
  • 29Biachianas brasileiras No. 6, W392: I. Aria (Arr. E. Darvarova & H. Wall)04:53
  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750):
  • 30Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068: II. Air (Arr. H. Wall)03:23
  • Jan Bach: 4 Two-Bit Contraptions (Excerpts Arr. E. Darvarova):
  • 314 Two-Bit Contraptions (Excerpts Arr. E. Darvarova): No. 2, Calliope01:19
  • Ludwig von Beethoven (1770-1827): Duet No. 1 in C Major, WoO 27 No. 1:
  • 32Duet No. 1 in C Major, WoO 27 No. 1: I. Allegro commodo (Arr. K. Bjerre)04:04
  • Bugs Bower:
  • 33Bop Duet No. 8 (Arr. E. Darvarova & H. Wall)01:41
  • Georg Friedrich Händel: Suite in G Major, HWV 441:
  • 34Suite in G Major, HWV 441: III. Courante (Arr. E. Darvarova & H. Wall)02:14
  • Elizabeth Raum (b. 1945): Pantheon:
  • 35Pantheon: VI. Hermes of the Winged Sandals03:04
  • Sean Hickey (b. 1970):
  • 36Mala Strana04:50
  • Léo Delibes (1836-1891): Lakmé:
  • 37Lakmé: Flower Duet (Arr. E. Darvarova & H. Wall)02:03
  • Zhen Chen (b. 1985):
  • 38Us02:57
  • Astor Piazzolla: Histoire du tango:
  • 39Histoire du tango: II. Café 1930 (Arr. E. Darvarova & H. Wall)09:27
  • David Amram (b. 1930):
  • 40Blues & Variations for Monk06:01
  • Konstantin Soukhovetski (b. 1981):
  • 41Postcard from the Edge04:53
  • Errollyn Wallen (b. 1958): 5 Postcards:
  • 425 Postcards: No. 3, Intense, Faster (Arr. E. Wall)02:46
  • Traditional:
  • 43Devoyko mari hubava (Arr. E. Darvarova)04:29
  • Vernon Duke:
  • 44April in Paris (Arr. S. Dunn)05:15
  • Paul Nero (1917-1958):
  • 45Pitzi-Cats (Arr. H. Wall)01:45
  • Total Runtime02:36:01

Info zu Music from Five Centuries: 17th - 21st

"Music From Five Centuries: 17th C. - 21st C." is a kaleidoscopic presentation of short musical works belonging to a multitude of epochs, genres and styles, from J.S. Bach, Handel, Couperin and Biber, to Mozart and Beethoven, to romantic, contemporary, blues, folk, jazz and rock compositions. Violinist Elmira Darvarova (the first and only woman-concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra) and hornist Howard Wall (a New York Philharmonic member, formerly with The Philadelphia Orchestra) have selected, arranged and transcribed a number of compositions (some originals, some transcriptions), to compile a Double album release, brimming with a large number of world-premiere recordings (40 out of 45 tracks).

Elmira Darvarova, violin
Howard Wall, horn

Elmira Darvarova
The Grammy-nominated violinist Elmira Darvarova (former Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and the first and only woman-concertmaster in the MET’s history), has been a concert violinist since the age of four. Under the guidance of her father she started playing the violin at the age of three, gave her first recital at age four, and made her debut as a soloist with an orchestra at the age of eight. A prizewinner of several international competitions, she studied with Yfrah Neaman at the Guildhall School in London (on a British Council scholarship), at Indiana University in Bloomington with Josef Gingold (as one of his assistants), and, privately, with Henryk Szeryng. Performing with legendary cellist Janos Starker was a pivotal moment in her career, as Starker propelled and facilitated her escape from her then communist country, as well as her relocation to the United States.

Elmira Darvarova has led, as concertmaster, major American orchestras, such as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Columbus Symphony, and the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago. She caused a sensation, becoming the first ever (and only) woman-concertmaster in the history of the Metropolitan Opera in New York. With the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra she has toured Europe, Japan and the United States, and was heard on the MET's live weekly international radio broadcasts, television broadcasts, CDs and laser discs on the Sony, Deutsche Grammophon and EMI labels. At the MET she performed with some of the greatest conductors of our time, including the legendary Carlos Kleiber. She has also performed with the MET Chamber Ensemble at Carnegie Hall under James Levine.

Appearing in performances on five continents, she is well-versed in all kinds of genres, having performed opera at the MET, having shared the stage for symphonic and chamber concerts with giants of the music world such as James Levine, Janos Starker, Gary Karr, Samuel Ramey, Myron Bloom, Philip Myers, Anthony McGill and Pascal Rogé, as well as with tango and jazz legends such as Octavio Brunetti, Fernando Otero and David Amram, and in collaboration with Indian classical musicians - the superstars of the Sarod - Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and his sons Amaan & Ayaan Ali Khan. She has been concerto soloist with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow State Symphony, Staatskapelle Weimar, Rochester Philharmonic, Columbus Symphony, Grant Park Symphony (Chicago), and numerous other orchestras on three continents.

She has performed on the world’s most prestigious stages, such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fischer/David Geffen Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Symphony Space, New York City; Symphony Hall in Chicago, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto; Suntory Hall, Bunka Kaikan and NHK Hall in Tokyo; Musikverein in Vienna, Cadogan Hall in London, Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, Koncerthuset in Stockholm, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Smetana Hall in Prague, Megaron in Athens, Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Kölner Philharmonie, Mumbai's National Center for Performing Arts, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall, Saint Petersburg Philharmonia, among many others.

Elmira Darvarova is the founder and leader of the New York Piano Quartet, performs with the Delphinium Trio, with the tango ensemble "Quinteto del fuego", the newly-founded Amram Ensemble, and in a duo with world-renowned pianist/ composer, Grammy winner Fernando Otero. She is also President & Artistic Director of the New York Chamber Music Festival. She gives masterclasses and performs at music festivals worldwide, and she is jury president of international competitions in Verona and Plovdiv. She has premiered and recorded music by Franco Alfano, Joseph Marx, Erich Korngold, Vernon Duke, Amanda Maier, Georgy Catoire, René de Castera, Pierre de Bréville, Emile Goué, Nikolai Kapustin, Phillip Ramey, David Baker and Paul Chihara, among numerous others. She has recorded live for Radio Innsbruck in Austria, as well as for Radio Suisse Romande in Switzerland. Her recital at Bela Bartok’s Memorial House in Budapest was broadcast live throughout Europe. A documentary film about her life and career was shown on European TV. She has recorded numerous CDs for several labels. Two CDs with world premiere recordings of music by Franco Alfano were recently released to critical acclaim by Naxos. The French label Azur Classical has also released two CDs, with chamber music by René de Castéra (named a RECORD OF THE YEAR in 2015) and by Emile Goué (a war prisoner at a Nazi camp). With the New York Piano Quartet, she recorded two CDs for the Urlicht AudioVisual label, with works by Mahler, Korngold and Joseph Marx, as well as several newly commissioned piano quartets. Other new and upcoming releases include 2 CDs with legendary double bassist Gary Karr, of 18th Century baroque music by Handel, Barthelémon and Cervetto; an all-Poulenc CD with world-renowned French pianist Pascal Rogé; the Brahms Horn Trio with New York Philharmonic principal horn Philip Myers, and Amanda Maier's rare violin sonata with renowned pianist Bryan Wagorn; a second Piazzolla Tangos CD with the late great tango pianist Octavio Brunetti ("Desde Estudios A Tangos", nominated for LATIN GRAMMY in 2015); a CD, inspired by and dedicated to Eugene Ysaÿe; an album with the "lost" violin works of Vernon Duke, featuring the world-premiere recording of Vernon Duke's violin concerto, written for Heifetz 75 years ago (with conductor/pianist Scott Dunn and the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra), a solo violin CD under the title "Violin Declamations from the Twilight of the Socialist Workers' Paradise" for the Urlicht AudioVisual label, and a CD of masterpieces by Beethoven, Franck and Clara Schumann for the Affetto label. She is also featured on two world music albums with masterpieces by the legendary Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, based on traditional Indian Ragas - "Soul Strings" with the Sarod superstars Amaan & Ayaan Ali Khan (released on Affetto/Naxos and recently also released in the Indian subcontinent by Times Music), and "Amalgam" - to be released by Affetto/Naxos in June of 2016, recorded in collaboration not only with Amaan & Ayaan Ali Khan, but also with the participation of their legendary father - the iconic Ustad Amjad Ali Khan.

Elmira Darvarova's CDs have won critical acclaim in such esteemed publications as The STRAD Magazine, Gramophone Magazine, Fanfare, American Records Guide, BBC Music Magazine. More than one of her CDs have been hailed by the prestigious British publication Music-Web International as "Recording of the Month", and in 2015 Music-Web International selected the disc with world-premiere chamber music by René de Castéra (released by Azur Classical) as a RECORD OF THE YEAR 2015. Elmira Darvarova has been praised by Gramophone Magazine for her "ultra-impassioned performances", and in The STRAD for her “intoxicating tonal beauty and beguilingly sensuous phrasing" and "silky-smooth voluptuous tone”. In May of 2015 Gramophone Magazine published on its first page an interview with Elmira Darvarova about her world-premiere recording of Vernon Duke's violin concerto (written for Heifetz in 1940), which she recorded with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Scott Dunn.

In addition to her concert instruments, Elmira Darvarova also owns a Stroh violin - the unique string instrument that looks like a cross between a violin and a trumpet, which was seen in the nightclub band featured on the HBO series "Boardwalk Empire". Invented in 1899 with the goal of making an instrument that would project more in larger venues, the Stroh violin was also a popular choice for recording during the acoustic era - including classical music repertoire! The instrument is an appropriate choice for much early 20th century repertoire for music halls, the theater, and salon orchestra - and has been used on recent recordings by artists as diverse as Tom Waits and Shakira.

Howard Wall
The Ruth F. and Alan J. Broder Chair, a native of Pittsburgh, joined the horn section of the New York Philharmonic in 1994, after having been a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra for 18 years and a former member of the Phoenix and Denver Symphony Orchestras. He also performs and records with the All-Star Orchestra. Mr. Wall has appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic in Schumann’s Konzertstück for Four Horns in New York (1995, 2001, and 2007) as well as on New York Philharmonic tours in Europe (1996) and South America (2001). An avid chamber musician, he appears regularly on the New York Philharmonic Ensembles series at Merkin Hall as well as at the New York Chamber Music Festival, and performs with the Delphinium Trio, the Amram Ensemble, and in a duo with his wife, violinist Elmira Darvarova. He can be heard on the CD Take 9, featuring the New York Philharmonic horn section and the American Horn Quartet, as well as on former Principal Horn Philip Myers’s New York Legends CD. Howard Wall recorded Poulenc’s Elégie for Horn and Piano with world-renowned French pianist Pascal Rogé. Mr. Wall has also recorded David Amram’s Blues and Variations for Monk for Solo Horn and gave its European Premiere in Paris. His most recent CD is Phillip Ramey: Music for French Horn (Affetto Records, 2017). Howard Wall began playing the horn at age ten and earned his bachelor’s degree in music performance at Carnegie Mellon University. He made his Carnegie Hall debut at age 19 performing Schumann’s Konzertstück for Four Horns; he most recently performed the same work again at Carnegie Hall in 2012. Howard Wall was among the performers awarded Gold Medal and Top Honors at the 2018 Global Music Awards.

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