Krzysztof Penderecki

Krzysztof Penderecki
Krzysztof Penderecki (1933-2020) conducting his oratorio "Seven Gates of Jerusalem" at the Winter Palace, St Petersburg, in 2001. Photo by Dmitry Lovetsky

Friday, September 11, 2015

Ole Bull: Cantabile doloroso e Rondo giocoso, for violin and orchestra – Charlie Siem, London Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Gourlay

Ο Ole Bull υπήρξε σπουδαίος βιρτουόζος του βιολιού (πολλοί τον συνέκριναν με τον θρυλικό Παγκανίνι) και σημαντικός συνθέτης ο οποίος έχει επηρεάσει γενιές Νορβηγών μουσικών. Το έργο του "Cantabile doloroso e Rondo giocoso, for violin and orchestra", γραμμένο το 1837, ερμηνεύει ο διάσημος (και ως μοντέλο) και μακρινός συγγενής του συνθέτη, 29χρονος Άγγλος βιολονίστας Τσάρλι Σιέμ. Τη Συμφωνική Ορχήστρα του Λονδίνου διευθύνει ένα ανερχόμενο αστέρι της κλασικής μουσικής σκηνής, ο 33χρονος Βρετανός (ρωσικής καταγωγής, γεννημένος στην Τζαμάικα) Andrew Gourlay. Ο Τσάρλι Σιέμ παίζει ένα βιολί του 1737, κατασκευασμένο από τον Guarneri del Gesu. Το βιολί αυτό, γνωστό επίσης ως d’Egville, ανήκε προηγουμένως στον Γεχούντι Μενουχίν (1916-1999).

Charlie Siem plays a violin made by Guarneri del Gesu from 1735, also known as the d’Egville. The violin was previously owned by Yehudi Menuhin (1916-1999).

"I've been inspired by Ole Bull for about 10 years… partly because of his character, the story of his life, the things that he did. He was a phenomenal violinist and he seems to almost inhabit the mythical folk culture in Norway but he's forgotten largely elsewhere, even amongst violinists. And so I think it's great to bring him to the surface, especially now I have this very personal connection to him…" — Charlie Siem

Ole Bull, in full Ole Bornemann Bull (born Feb. 5, 1810, Bergen, Nor.—died Aug. 17, 1880, Lysøen, near Bergen), Norwegian violinist, composer, and nationalist known for his unique performance method and for starting a short-lived utopian community called New Norway, or Oleana.

Bull began playing the violin at age five, influenced by French-trained violinists of the Bergen Harmonic Society as well as by Norwegian peasant fiddlers. His debut as a soloist came in 1819, and by 1828 he was made conductor of the Musical Lyceum. He traveled through Europe and the United States for the rest of his life, concertizing, composing, and establishing his virtuosic reputation among such notables as Franz Liszt, Robert Schumann, and Felix Mendelssohn. Using a violin modeled after Norwegian folk fiddles, but resembling standard European instruments of previous centuries, Bull amazed audiences with his ability to play several tones at once. Most of his compositions are tailored to reflect his unique manner of playing.

Bull used his influence to campaign for the encouragement and preservation of Norwegian culture and arts, both in Norway and abroad. In 1849 he was instrumental in the establishment of the Norwegian Theatre in Bergen. In 1852 he attempted to found an immigrant Norwegian colony, Oleana, in Pennsylvania, and in 1859 he helped create the Norwegian Society for the Advancement of the National Element in Art and Literature. He was a vital influence upon and patron of dramatists Henrik Ibsen and Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson and composer Edvard Grieg. In addition to accolades from musicians, Bull received tributes from writers such as George Sand, William Thackeray, and Mark Twain. — Encyclopædia Britannica

Ole Borneman Bull (1810-1880)

♪ Cantabile doloroso e Rondo giocoso, for violin and orchestra (1837)

Charlie Siem, violin

London Symphony Orchestra
Μουσική διεύθυνση (Conductor): Andrew Gourlay

London, Abbey Road Studios (Studio 1), 15-17 March 2011 (15-17 Μαρτίου 2011)

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Charlie Siem (Photo by Gilles-Marie Zimmermann)
Charlie Siem was born on January 14, 1986 in London, to billionaire Kristian Siem, a Norwegian businessman, and his South-African wife Karen Ann, née Moross. His sister is Sasha Siem, a musician.

Siem began the study of violin at age three when his interest piqued upon hearing the cassettes his mother would play. He went on to study at Eton College and Girton College, Cambridge, and continued his violin studies with Itzhak Rashkovsky and Shlomo Mintz. He performed his first concerto with an orchestra at age 15, and played with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at age 18. He has gained recognition in the past few years by playing alongside artists such as The Who and Miley Cyrus. Among his fans include Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. Siem also professionally models having been the face of Dunhill London and Hugo Boss.

Siem is distantly related to Norwegian violin virtuoso and composer Ole Bull.

• Elgar, Grieg: Sonatas for violin & piano – Challenge Classics, 2008
• Charlie Siem Plays Virtuoso Violin Works – Warner Classics and Jazz, 2010
• Charlie Siem Plays Bruch, Wieniawski, Ole Bull – Warner Classics and Jazz, 2011
• Under The Stars – Sony Classical, 2014

Andrew Gourlay (Photo by Natalia Espina Lopez)
Born in Jamaica in 1982, with Russian ancestry, Andrew Gourlay grew up in the Bahamas, Philippines, Japan and England. A trombonist and pianist by training, he studied conducting at the Royal College of Music, where he prepared Bruckner symphonies for Bernard Haitink and Mozart symphonies for Sir Roger Norrington. He was selected by Gramophone magazine as their 'One to Watch', and by BBC Music Magazine as their "Rising Star: great artists of tomorrow".

Andrew Gourlay is Principal Guest Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y León, having succeeded Vasily Petrenko in 2014.  He has conducted the Philharmonia, London Symphony, London Sinfonietta at the BBC Proms, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Hallé, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Opera North, RTÉ Symphony, Ulster Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Stavanger Symphony, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Orquesta Sinfonica de Chile, Rostov Philharmonic, and numerous major orchestras throughout Spain.

Operatic engagements have included the UK premiere of Luca Francesoni's Quartett for the Royal Opera House.  He has conducted Rusalka and La Tragédie de Carmen for English Touring Opera, and The Marriage of Figaro at the Benjamin Britten International Opera School.  In 2015 he conducted Tippett's The Ice Break in a new production by Graham Vick for Birmingham Opera Company and the CBSO.

Gourlay won First Prize at the 2010 Cadaques International Conducting Competition, securing concerts with 29 orchestras around the world.  For the next two years he was Assistant Conductor to Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra.  He twice replaced Sir Colin Davis at the Barbican, and worked as cover conductor for Kurt Masur and Valery Gergiev.  He  has conducted recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra and Irish Chamber Orchestra.  

A professional trombonist until his mid twenties, Andrew Gourlay played with the Philharmonia, Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Sinfonietta and Opera North, and toured South America and Europe as a member of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester under Claudio Abbado.

Δείτε επίσης – Watch also

Camille Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor, arr. for violin & piano – Charlie Siem, Walter Delahunt (rehearsal)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Concerto No.5 in A major – Charlie Siem, Gabriele Bonolis

César Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major – Charlie Siem, Walter Delahunt

Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonata No.3 in D minor – Charlie Siem, Walter Delahunt

Henryk Wieniawski: Polonaise de Concert No.1 in D major "Polonaise Brillante" – Charlie Siem, Walter Delahunt

Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonata No.1 in G major – Charlie Siem, Itamar Golan

Camille Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor, arr. for violin & piano – Charlie Siem, Caroline Jaya-Ratnam

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