Romantic Metamorphoses (2015)

Vieuxtemps, Zemtsov, Bloch, Bizet

Dana Zemtsov, Cathelijne Noorland

The term ‘Romantic’ has always been something of a mystery to me due to its many and often subtle definitions. On this CD I invite the listener to re-explore this phenomenon, so often evident in day-to-day life, from different perspectives. T he programme takes as its point of departure the nineteenth-century classical romanticism of the beautiful ‘Sonata’ by Henry V ieuxtemps. This is the lyrical, sensitive type of romanticism so typical of that period. In contrast to this is ‘Suite for viola and piano’, Ernest Bloch’s romantically fantasized adventure through savage nature and tribes under the sun in the jungle. Waxman’s ‘Carmen Fantasy’, which probably needs littleintroduction, is a strong depiction of Bizet’s dramatic opera. 

For me personally, however, the most ‘romantic’ and personal piece on this CD is the ‘Melodie im alten Stil’ by Evgeni Zemtsov. T he nostalgic style in which this modern piece is written, with its lyrical melody, ornamented in Baroque style, imposed on fresh, contrasting harmonies, is just one reason to admire it. A second one is the story behind it: during his studies in Moscow the composer fell in love with a beautiful girl. She played the viola, and he wrote this beautiful piece for her instrument as a declaration of love. One year later their first child – my father – was born.
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Winner of numerous competitions and developing an outstanding career, Dana Zemtsov is one of the most promising international viola soloists of her generation. 

Dana Zemtsov was born in 1992 in Mexico City. She comes from a family of musicians. At the age of 5 she received her first music lessons from her grandmother and from her parents, both viola players, Mikhail Zemtsov and Julia Dinerstein. Since 2012 she studies with the famous viola virtuoso Michael Kugel. 

Highlights in the 2012 / 13 season include Dana’s performance of the Bartók Viola Concerto in the Great Hall of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, chamber music with Janine Jansen and Martin Frost during the Utrecht Chamber Music Festival and a recital in Carnegie Hall of New York. 

Dana is First Prize laureate of several competitions in Luxemburg, Italy, Austria, Germany, Portugal and the Netherlands. In 2010 she won the Dutch Television competition ‘Evening of the Young Musician’ becoming the ‘Young Musician of the Year’ and representing The Netherlands at the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition in Vienna. 


Dana is regularly appearing on the most important international stages including the Great and Small halls of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Doelen in Rotterdam, Dr. Anton Philips Hall in The Hague, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, The Opera Hall in Tel Aviv, Carnegie Hall of New York among others. During the Christmas Concert in the Philharmonie in Haarlem she was presented by and performed with the world famous pianist Boris Berezovsky. She has also been chamber music partner to among others Janine Jansen, Giovanni Sollima, Martin Frost and Ilya Gringolts. As a soloist, Dana performed with the Ukrainian National Philharmonic Orchestra (Ukraine) Holland Symfonia, Sweelink Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Rotterdam, (Holland) F. Busoni Chamber Orchestra (Italy). 

Dana toured Denmark, Peru, USA, and participated in the Stars of Tomorrow tour in Germany, together with the most promising young talents of Europe. She performed at the Delft Chamber Music Festival, Storioni Festival, Grachten Festival, the International Janine Jansen Chamber Music Festival Utrecht and Three Day Music Festival The Hague. She also performed in festivals in Germany, Italy and Britain. 

Cathelijne Noorland

Cathelijne N oorland (1983) started taking piano lessons with Frank Fahner at the age of eight. A t age ten she took lessons with Benno Pierweijer at the Conservatory of E nschede. She continued her studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Willem Brons and Mila Baslawskaja. I n 2007 she received her Bachelor’s Degree and in 2009 she finished the Master of Music program, specializing in chamber music.
Cathelijne received national and international prizes and is a laureate of the ‘Prinses Christina Competition’ (’98, ’99, ’01 and ’03), the ‘International S teinweg Wettbewerb Germany’, the ‘SJMN Competition’, the ‘International Charles Hennen Competition’ and the ‘Zonnewende Competition’. During the Prinses Christina Competition of 1999 and 2003 she received the ‘PRC Bouwcentrumprize’ awarded to the best accompanist. Together with Arno Stoffelsma and S askia Plagge she forms ‘Trio Burlesco’. This trio won the ‘Debuut’ concert series for 2006 which took them to all the main concert venues inthe Netherlands. In 2008 the trio won the audience-, the press- and the AVRO- prize at the ‘Silver Vriendenkrans Competition of the Concertgebouw’, which gave them the opportunity to record a CD. Cathelijne has participated in several master classes, both in- and outside T heNetherlands. Amongst others, her teachers were Menahem Pressler, Rudolf J ansen, Jan Wijn, Tan Crone, Rian de Waal, Joanna MacGregor, Stephen Kovacevich, Theo Olof, Stefan Metz, George Pieterson and Nobuko Imai. Cathelijne performs on a regular basis and can be heard on radio and TV , both in the Netherlandsand abroad. 


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Romantic Metamorphoses (2015)

Vieuxtemps, Zemtsov, Bloch, Bizet

Dana Zemtsov, Cathelijne Noorland


Zemtsov laat haar altviool zingen, in alle registers, zwoel en verleidelijk, weemoedig en vol heimwee. Pianiste Cathelijne Noorland biedt empathisch tegenspel, zodat de muziek vleugels krijgt (...) nu al de Grande Dame van de altviool genoemd (...) Zemtsov weet met haar wendbare expressie je hart te raken.


With fervor and passion Dana Zemtsov and Cathelijne Noorland impregnate these works with a lyricism that is applied with moderation, during which the inspiration of their musicial discourse is pure enchantment. (...) exemplary sound recording (...)


Behalve een fabelachtige techniek, een trefzekere streek en een soepele, expressieve toon beschikt deze altvioliste over een zeer volwassen en overtuigende muzikaliteit.


(...) a very personal disc (...) Zemtsov’s understated virtuosity is admirably balanced by the detailed refinement of Cathelijne Noorland pianism. -

A varied and well-chosen program (...) seductive languor with expressive energy (...) a marvellously realistic sound from both instruments that vividly brings these two players into one’s room.

Diese romantischen Metamorphosen sind 72 Minuten und 15 Sekunden musikalischer Genuß (...)

    Music Emotion

(...) Opgenomen in het MCO, is dit een schoolvoorbeeld van de vrijheid en ruimtelijkheid van de dsd. De twee muzikale waarden die producer Jared Sacks graag nastreeft. Maar ook artistiek een hoogtepunt met sublieme muziek. -

Zemtsov and Noorland deliver a delightful account of the piece, combining seductive languor with expressive energy to just the right degree. The recording was made in the pleasing ambience of MCO Studio 1, Hilversum (November 2014) and Jared Sacks has achieved a marvellously realistic sound from both instruments that vividly brings these two players into one's room. Enthusiastically recommended.

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    De Gelderlander

(...) Dana Zemtsov is een snel stijgende ster onder altviolisten. Zij verstaat de kunst om haar lastige, soms onbuigbare instrument te laten klinken met een warme, tot het hart sprekende toon. (...)

Romantic Metamorphoses (2015)

Vieuxtemps, Zemtsov, Bloch, Bizet

Dana Zemtsov, Cathelijne Noorland

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Digital Converters: Grimm AD DSD
Mastering Engineer: Jared Sacks
Mastering Equipment: B&W 803 diamond series
Microphones: Bruel & Kyaer
Mixing Board: Rens Heijnis custom made
Producer: Jared Sacks
Recording Engineer: Jared Sacks
Recording location: MCO stuido 1 Hilversum Holland
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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