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Brahms String Quartets & Second String Quintet
Dudok Quartet Amsterdam

Johannes Brahms

String Quattet No 1 in C minor Op 51
String Quartet No 2 in A minor Op 51
String Quartet No 3 in B flat Op 67
String Quintet No 2 in G Op 111 *

Dudok Quartet Amsterdam 
* Lilli Maijala viola

Rubicon Classics RCD1077 |

For its debut Rubicon Classics CD, the Dudok Quartet Amsterdam has re-discovered all three Brahms String Quartets as well as, with violist Lilli Maijala, his Second String Quintet. For the first time in the recorded catalogue, this repertoire is performed on on gut strings and early Romantic bows, which allows both players and listeners to appreciate afresh these works with the subtle sonorities Brahms himself would have recognised.

BACH The Art of Fugue
Filippo Gorini

Johann Sebastian Bach The Art of Fugue
Filippo Gorini piano

Alpha Classics Alpha 775 |

Launching a major project with this studio recording of Bach’s final masterpiece – The Art of Fugue – breaking off where Bach himself stopped composing, Italian pianist Filippo Gorini follows his two Beethoven CDs on Alpha Classics. Gorini’s BBT-supported project, The Art of Fugue Explored, will encompass videos, interviewing the likes of Alfred Brendel, Mitsuko Uchida, Frank Gehry, Alexanders Poluzin and Sokurov, and Peter Sellars and a film, creating a holistic view of this multi-faceted masterpiece over the coming years. It starts right here…

Aris Quartett


Gerald Resch String Quartet No 3 ‘attacca’
Beethoven String Quartet in F Op 59 No 1 ‘Razumovsky

Aris Quartett

GENUIN GEN 21736 |

Attaca, the new string quartet after which this album is named, was written for the Aris Quartett by Austrian composer Gerald Resch specifically as a companion piece to Beethoven’s Quartet in F Major, Op. 59 No.1 ‘Razumovsky. The planned world premiere in 2020, ‘Beethoven Year’, would have also been the quartet’s debut at Vienna’s Musikverein which commissioned the work, but it was cancelled due to the pandemic. Despite this disappointment the quartet forged ahead with a recording, its fourth album on the GENUIN label, as a tribute to this special programme.  Resch’s central ideas for his third string quartet, is the attacca principle, the seamless connection between individual sections and movements as a way of telling a consistent story throughout the whole piece, harking back to Beethoven: one of the first to write works that are not just a series of movements, but whose parts combine together to form a larger whole.

A Sicilian Traveller
Alessio Pianelli

Avos Chamber Ensemble
Alessio Pianelli cello/director

Sulkhan Tsintsadze Seven Georgian Miniatures
Komitas Vardapet Five Armenian Folk Songs and Dances
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Two pieces from 24 Negro Melodies Op 59
Béla Bartók Romanian Folk Dances Sz.68
Nikos Skalkottas Three Dances from 36 Greek Dances AK11
Alessio Pianelli Variations on a Sicilian Folk Theme

Rubicon Classics RCD1051 |

For his Rubicon Classics debut, cellist and composer Alessio Pianelli conceived the idea that if a land’s lineage can be traced through its history or language, it can also be tracked through its folk music. He mirrors the richness of his own Sicilian roots by comparing the culture and folk music of his homeland with those of Africa, Georgia, Greece, Armenia, and Romania in repertoire from late 19th and 20th century composers whose own musical identities have been enriched by travel but who are also deeply connected to the origins of their cultural heritage. Pianelli directs the young string players of the Avos Chamber Orchestra, which he co-founded in Rome where the album was recorded in November 2019.



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