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"Silhouettes" Clarke, Milhaud, Debussy, Enescu, Werkman

Dana Zemtsov, Anna Fedorova

Rebecca Clarke, Claude Debussy, Arne Werkman, Darius Milhaud, George Enescu

SKU: 42320

Year of release: 2020

Rebecca Clarke: Sonata for Viola & Piano 24:48
1. Sonata for Viola & Piano: I. Impetuoso Rebecca Clarke 08:53
2. Sonata for Viola & Piano: II. Vivace Rebecca Clarke 04:44
3. Sonata for Viola & Piano: III. Adagio-Allegro Rebecca Clarke 11:10
4. Debussy: La Plus que Lente Claude Debussy 04:42
Arne Werkman: Suite for Viola and Piano 12:47
5. Suite for Viola and Piano, Op. 51: I. Allemande Arne Werkman 02:55
6. Suite for Viola and Piano, Op. 51: II. Branle Arne Werkman 02:17
7. Suite for Viola and Piano, Op. 51: III. Pavane Arne Werkman 04:54
8. Suite for Viola and Piano, Op. 51: IV. Tarantella Arne Werkman 02:39
9. Debussy: Clair de Lune Claude Debussy 04:32
Darius Milhaud: Sonata No.1 for Viola and Piano, Op. 240 13:00
10. Sonata No.1 for Viola and Piano, Op. 240: I. Entrée Darius Milhaud 03:11
11. Sonata No.1 for Viola and Piano, Op. 240: II. Française Darius Milhaud 02:29
12. Sonata No.1 for Viola and Piano, Op. 240: III. Air Darius Milhaud 04:27
13. Sonata No.1 for Viola and Piano, Op. 240: IV. Final Darius Milhaud 02:52
14. Enescu: Concert Piece for Viola and Piano George Enescu 09:22
15. Debussy: Beau Soir Claude Debussy 02:27
Total time: 71:40

About this album

Two Channel Classics artists violist Dana Zemtsov and pianist Anna Fedorova joined forces when they discovered they have a mutual friend.

‘Do you know that feeling when coming to a new place as if the atmosphere you are in has been with you forever, recognizing it like an old friend? 
Our upbringing was similar and filled with Guy de Maupassant, Gustave Flaubert, Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, Jean de La Fontaine, Pierre Richard, Louis de Funès, Georges Brassens, Édith Piaf, Charles Trenet. This could be a logical explanation for us both experiencing this sense of familiarity every time we cross the border to France. Or maybe we have lived some of our previous lives in these surroundings that they seem so close to us?
This is by no means a story about France. Each piece in this album has its own story, its own thoughts, and feelings. However, throughout it, if you listen with your eyes closed, you will occasionally sense the presence of a furtive silhouette ‘à la Française’.
— Dana Zemtsov & Anna Fedorova

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The Strad

Dana Zemtsov has a knack for interesting programming (…) She is especially captivating in the veiled quality to her tone with which she launches Clair de lune and the sensitive longing of Beau soir.(…) Anna Fedorova is a nimble duo partner (...)

BBC Music Magazine

(…) At times tender, at times athletic, this duo shines (…)

Opus Klassiek

Dana Zemtsov en Anna Fedorova (beiden hebben ons land als artistieke ‘uitvalsbasis') spelen de sterren van de hemel. Ze voelen elkaar bovendien volmaakt aan, het technische vocabulaire is ronduit verbluffend en het sonore kleurenspel buitengewoon innemend. (...) Al met al een pláátje, en niet alleen in de meest letterlijke zin!

De Volkskrant

Zemtsov laat de vloeiende melodieën in Debussy-achtige kleuren sonoor stromen in het eerste deel. [Rebecca Clarke] In de rapsodische finale is het Fedorova’s verfijnde frasering die rust brengt in de tumultueuze vriendschap met de altviool. (...) Technisch gezien vraagt het werk veel van de altviolist. Zemtsov speelt met een schijnbaar gemak, brons in de laagte, krachtig en zangerig in de hoge registers. (...)

Classical WETA - Album of the Week

This week’s featured album has a distinctly French flair. (…) A French sunrise sounds like a great way to ease into a hot July day!

Audiophile Audition

(…) Zemtsov packs a throaty, rich and rasping tone to counter the sensuous chords from Federova. (…)

Gramophone - Podcast: The Listening Room

Rebecca Clarke's Viola Sonata, a work that has been recorded many times, receives a fine new performance by Dana Zemtsov and Anna Fedorova on an imaginatively conceived album from Channel Classics. If you don't know the sonata, do listen – it's a gem!

Luister 10

(...) wat een origineel programma voor cd is dit (...) het spel van Dana Zemtsov en Anna Fedorova is ronduit exquis, prachtig van klank en heel precies samen in dynamiek en beweging. En de 10 geldt ook Jared Sacks voor de opnametechniek.

Music Frames

DUTCH: Ja, wat krijg als je twee supertalenten een album laat opnemen: inderdaad een super CD! (...) Als je luistert naar Silhouettes heb je amper in de gaten hoe ongelooflijk knap het is wat Anna Fedorova en Dana Zemtsov laten horen. (...) Een fraaie cohesie tussen klavier en altviool. Sprankelend in hoogte en majestueus in laagte, in helder uitgekristalliseerd spel. ENGLISH: What do you get when you ask two super talents to record an album? Yes indeed, a super CD! (...) If you listen to Silhouettes, you hardly notice that it is so incredibly beautiful how Anna Fedorova and Dana Zemtsov perform the music. (…) If you listen to Silhouettes, you hardly notice that it is so incredibly beautiful how Anna Fedorova and Dana Zemtsov perform the music. It sounds so organic and natural. (…)

Zemtsov and Fedorova’s performance of the Sonata is outstanding—by turns sensitive, passionate, and dry-eyed, as needed—with just the right touch of portamento in the lyrical passages, and real wit in the scherzo. The contrapuntal equality of the two instruments has rarely been brought out so beautifully. (…) Even in a field awash in fine recordings, Silhouettes is truly special.

Pizzicato "SUPERSONIC"

GERMAN ---> (...) Dana Zemtsov lässt die wunderbaren Melodien in einem farbigem Spiel fließen, brillant und mit raffinierter Phrasierung am Klavier unterstützt von Anna Fedorova. (...) Wunderbar stimmungsvolle Aufführungen von gut gemachten Arrangements kleiner Debussy-Stücke sowie des Konzertstücks von Enescu lassen dieses Programm zu einem echten Musikereignis werden. (...) Das Aufeinanderhören und Miteinanderfühlen des Duos ist phänomenal. ENGLISH ---> (…) Dana Zemtsov lets the wonderful melodies flow in her brilliant and colourful playing, very well supported by Anna Fedorova, whose refined phrasing is remarkable. (…) Wonderfully atmospheric performances of well-done arrangements of small Debussy pieces as well as of the Concert Piece by Enescu make this programme a real treat. (…) The duo’s listening and feeling for each other is phenomenal.

Technical Specifications

SpeakersGrimm LS1
Digital To Analog ConverterDSD 256 Horus, Merging Technologies
Mastering EngineerC. Jared Sacks
EditingPyramix, Merging Technologies
CablesVan den Hul
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer 4006, Schoeps
Recording FormatDSD 256
Recording LocationMCO, Hilversum, The Netherlands
Recording EngineerC. Jared Sacks
ProductionC. Jared Sacks