Shostakovich,Weinberg (2013)

Shostakovich, Weinberg

Amsterdam Sinfonietta

Candida Thompson

This CD has been issued to mark the silver jubilee of the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. In the first ten years this string ensemble was particularly known for its performances of twentieth-century repertoire from EasternEurope. Under Lev Markiz, the first artistic director, the orchestra presented numerous national and international premieres by composers including Schnittke, Shostakovich, Ustvolskaya, Pärt and Denisov. Although the repertoire of Amsterdam Sinfonietta has considerably broadened in the past years,it recently presented world premieres by Gubaidulina, Mansoerjan and Vasks. Worksby Mieczys?aw Weinberg have included the west-European premiere of his Concertino in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in 2009,with the present artistic director Candida Thompson as soloist. This anniversary recording features Weinberg’s Concertino and two now world-famous ChamberSymphonies by Dmitri Shostakovich.The three works are not only related by their musical language, but also by a life long friendship between the two composers.Shostakovich even dedicated his Chamber Symphony opus 118a to Weinberg. AmsterdamSinfonietta dedicates this CD recording toall its musical friends – both onstage and backstage – who have helped to bring the ensemble where it is today.

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Amsterdam Sinfonietta

Amsterdam Sinfonietta is an ensemble of 22 gifted musicians who perform under the direction of Candida Thompson, artistic director|lead violin since 2003. The ensemble’s defining feature is the strong involvement and artistic drive of each individual member. The group has gained a reputation for distinguished, performances and innovative programming, often featuring surprising combinations of works. It collaborates with renowned artists and performs in major venues around throughout the world.

Founded in 1988 Amsterdam Sinfonietta is a highly respected ensemble with strong roots in the Dutch cultural scene. Every season it presents a series of concerts in the major concert halls of the The Netherlands. The orchestra boasts a young and loyal audience. Amsterdam Sinfonietta performs ingenious programmes featuring well-known repertoire combined with commissions, new arrangements or rarely performed works. Recent commissions include world premières of compositions by Sofia Gubaidulina, HK Gruber, Michel van der Aa and P?teris Vasks. Over the past seasons Amsterdam Sinfonietta has initiated and recorded new arrangements of various chamber music works. These include works by Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Schulhoff, Haas, Shostakovich and Berg.

Amsterdam Sinfonietta enjoys intensive collaborations with pre-eminent musicians. Guest artists such as Janine Jansen, David Fray, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Barbara Hannigan, Maxim Vengerov, Thomas Hampson, Sergey Khachatryan, Christianne Stotijn, Håkan Hardenberger, Martin Fröst, Julian Rachlin, Sol Gabetta, James Gilchrist, Natalia Gutman and Isabelle van Keulen have made return appearances with the orchestra.

Recently the ensemble toured China performing concerts with cellist Pieter Wispelwey. The group also performed spectacular performances with solo cellist Sol Gabetta at the Barbican in London, the Philharmonie in Luxemburg, Bozar in Brussels, the Musikhalle in Hamburg and the Konserthuset in Stockholm. The latest tour through Germany and Belgium with the French pianist David Fray was a resouding success culminating in ecstatic reviews. Following concerts in Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Düsseldorf and the Frankfurter Rundschau wrote: ’For the chamber orchestra Amsterdam Sinfonietta, performing under the direction of Candida Thompson, the keyword is alertness. The 22 string players […] communicate with each other in a state of heightened awareness. Each player listens attentively to the others, to the counter lines and tonal colours. […] The result sounded fresh and modern – simply brilliant.’ The group has been a guest at many international festivals including the Adelaide Festival, Gergiev Festival, Schleswig Holstein Festival and La Roque d’Antheron and also appears regularly at the Holland Festival and in the Robeco Summer Series and Carte Blanche Series in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

Every year the ensemble shows its versatility with a New Year’s programme that transcends the bounds of a conventional concert. This New Year’s programme has become a tradition attracting new and diverse audiences in many national venues. Joining forces with artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Roby Lakatos, and Chick Corea has resulted in intriguing on-stage chemistry and compelling concerts. The orchestra also participates in multidisciplinary projects. Together with the Dutch-Italian choreographers Emio Greco & PC, the ensemble presented a theatrical production featuring a contemporary collage of Bach’s St Matthew Passion. Amsterdam Sinfonietta has also worked with the actor Jeroen Willems and stage director Pierre Audi in a programme centred on Alban Berg’s Lyric Suite. Upcoming projects include a Dessner-Greenwood double portrait featuring recent compositions by Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead fame and Bryce and Aaron Dessner from the successful rock band The National. Other future projects include collaborations with the violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, baritone Thomas Hampson and clarinettist Martin Fröst and tours of Germany, Russia and China.

Candida Thompson

Candida Thompson artistic director and leader 

Candida Thompson studied with DavidTakeno at the Guildhall School of Music andDrama, where she received her soloist's graduationdiploma with honour. She developedher qualities further at the Banff Centre for theArts in Canada and played with several internationalorchestras such as Moskov ChamberOrchestra, The English String Orchestra,Wiener Symphoniker, the Netherland RadioChamber Orchestra and AmsterdamSinfonietta. Candida Thompson has been aregular guest artist at La Musica chambermusic festival in Florida. She also participatedat chamber music festivals like the KuhmoChamber Music Festival (Finland) and theGubbio Festival (Italy). In the past yearsCandida performed with artists such as BrunoGuiranna, Joseph Silverstein, Isabelle Faust,Janine Jansen. Together with cellist XeniaJankovic and pianist Paolo Giacometti sheformed the Hamlet trio. Candida Thompsonwas appointed Amsterdam Sinfonietta's artisticdirector and lead violin in the summer of2003. Under her leadership AmsterdamSinfonietta has made successful tours ofAustralia, the United States, China, Spain,Italy and Germany and has recorded a numberof highly acclaimed CD recordings.
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Shostakovich,Weinberg (2013)

Shostakovich, Weinberg

Amsterdam Sinfonietta

    Absolute Sound

"Candida Thompson, leading the Amsterdam Sinfonietta and playing solo violin in the Weinberg, makes a good case for the Chamber Symphonies..."

    MusicWeb

(...) Artistic director and leader Candida Thompson’s lovely tone is a pleasure to hear. Despite my personal reservations about the existence of arrangements of Shostakovich’s string quartets and not wishing to appear to be damning with faint praise this disc is a fine example of them and of the Sinfonietta’s warm sound.

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    SA-CD.net 5/5 stars -

(...) Here the 22 players of the Amsterdam Sinfonietta lavish their usual scrupulous care for dynamics and refinement of sound on the often emotionally searing music of these quartets and manage to combine to thrilling effect the flexibility and precision of a string quartet with the weight and impact of a full string orchestra; (...)The DSD recordings, made in two different locations, are clear and wide ranging in the best Channel manner. (...)This is yet another outstanding addition to the Amsterdam Sinfonietta's peerless discography.

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    Blogspot

(…) The Amsterdam Sinfonietta have a keen reputation for attention to detail, above all, dynamic control and balance. This is on full display throughout this recording. (…) Overall, I rate this disc excellent, for the craftsmanship on display throughout and the sensitive approach to the music itself.

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    Herald Scotland

(…) The two quartets, each in a different way, are monumental pieces and masterworks which have shifted plane from quartet to orchestral format with idiomatic and stylistic effectiveness. This new recording by Candida Thompson's Amsterdam Sinfonietta is blisteringly effective (…)

Herald Scotland

    International Record Review

From every technical standpoint, the playing of the Amsterdam Sinfonitta is first-rate (...) astonishing engineering (...) an undisputed triumph for all concerned.

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    THE LISTENER

(...) der Solopart im Concertino durch Candida Thompson wird mit herrlicher Verve und lyrischer Rafinesse, dazu noch in vollkommener technischer Beherrschung der Mittel und absolut intonationsrein gegeben.

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    London 24

Equally impressive is a disc of Shostakovich and Weinberg’s Chamber Symphonies from the Amsterdam Sinfonietta under Candida Thompson (Channel); a particular pleasure here is provided by the neglected piece by Shostakovich’s discriminated-against associate Weinberg, played with great panache.

London 24

    Classical CD Choice

The DSD recordings, made in two different locations, are clear and wide ranging in the best Channel manner. (...) Candida Thompson gives a lovely account of this work and the recording provides an exemplary balance between soloist and orchestra. (...)This is yet another outstanding addition to the Amsterdam Sinfonietta’s peerless discography.

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Shostakovich,Weinberg (2013)

Shostakovich, Weinberg

Amsterdam Sinfonietta

Cables:Van den Hul T3 series
Digital Converters:Grimm A/D DSD / Meitner DA
Mastering Engineer:Jared Sacks
Mastering Equipment:B&W 803 diamond series
Microphones:Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mixing Board:Rens Heijnis custom design
Producer:Willem de Bordes
Recording Engineer:Jared Sacks
Recording location:Amsterdam, Leiden Holland 2012
Recording Software:Pyramix bij Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate:DSD64
Speakers:Audiolab, Holland

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Chamber Symphony in C minor opus 110a - Largo
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Chamber Symphony in C minor opus 110a - Allegro molto
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Chamber Symphony in C minor opus 110a - Allegretto
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Chamber Symphony in C minor opus 110a - Largo
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Chamber Symphony in C minor opus 110a - Largo
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Concertino for violin opus 42 - Allegretto cantabile
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Concertino for violin opus 42 - Lento, Adagio
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Concertino for violin opus 42 - Allegro moderato poco rubato
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Chamber Symphony in A flat major opus 118a - Andante
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Chamber Symphony in A flat major opus 118a - Allegro
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Chamber Symphony in A flat major opus 118a - Adagio
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Chamber Symphony in A flat major opus 118a - Allegretto - Andante
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