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Naxos of America Featured STRING Releases - July 8, 2014

RATIONAL PASSIONS

COMPOSER: Greg Bowers

ARTIST: Karolina Rojahn (piano) • Boston String Quartet (Christopher Vuk, violin • Angel Valchinov, violin • Chen Lin, viola • Christina Stripling, cello) • Keun Young Sun (piano)

NV5960 | 896931001601

1 Enhanced CD | US SRP $16.99

•      Rational Passions, Greg Bowers’ debut Navona release, takes listeners on a trip through the psychological world of music.

•      Each piece explores the relationship between the notes played and the emotions experienced, suggesting that emotional meaning can be rationalized.

•      The Boston String Quartet and pianist Karolina Rojahn perform the works on this album.

•      Mr. Bowers is a Professor of Theory & Composition at William and Mary College.

 

MUSIC FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO

COMPOSER: Joseph Achron

ARTIST: Michael Ludwig (violin) • Alison d’Amato (piano)

8573240 | 747313324071

1 CD | US SRP $9.99

Joseph Achron was a child prodigy as a violinist, and despite great success as a composer he considered himself a performer for most of his life. His most famous composition is the intense and dramatic Hebrew Melody, but the riches in this program range from the deeply passionate early Prelude, the spirit of dance in Les Sylphides, the various moods of the Stimmungen and the theatrical Stempenyu, speculated to be the inspiration for Marc Chagall’s famous painting of a fiddler on the roof. Achron’s remarkable music fell into obscurity, but its recent revival includes a recording of his First Violin Concerto available on Naxos 8.559408.

 

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