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Afierossis / Heupel


Release Date: 08/18/2017 
Label:  Ars Produktion   Catalog #: 38231  
Composer:  Sir William WaltonBerthold HummelKrzysztof PendereckiGyörgy Kurtág,   ... 
Performer:  Michael Heupel
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Michael Heupel writes of his new release: “The Greek word afierossis can be translated as ‘dedication’; it contains the root iero meaning ‘sacred.’ To my mind, the bond created by the dedication between a piece of music and its dedicatee is sacred. Just like any other work of art, music has a life beyond the passage of time. For as long as it is performed or listened to by humans, a piece of music is immortal, and some part of that immortality is conferred upon the dedicatee by means of the dedication. On this recording I have sought to collect a range of more or less well-known works for solon violon-cello from the 20th and 21st centuries. Each work bears its own dedication- to a performer such as Mstislav Rostropovich, to a politician Read more such as Gyorgy Aczel, and even to a fictional character like Alexander Knight. I am happy and honored to be the dedicatee of Efi Markoulaki’s Cretan Suite. The selection of contemporary works presented here is both versatile and varied…I approached the selection of works on this programme with great respect and appreciation. After immersing myself into each work to find its central message, I sought to interpret it as faithfully as I could. I hope that these works will offer an equally intense experience to the listener as they do to me during each performance…” Michael Heupel is a sought-after soloist and chamber musician. He has performed at prestigious concert venues such as the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, the Megaron in Athens, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Stuttgart’s Liederhalle. He appears regularly at international music festivals including the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Festivals of Athens and Epidaurus, the Euro Music Festival, and more. His performances and interpretations have been praised by the press. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Passacaglia for Cello solo by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Michael Heupel (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1979-1980; England 
2.
Fantasia for cello No. 2 (In memoriam Pablo Casals), Op. 97a by Berthold Hummel
Performer:  Michael Heupel (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; Germany 
3.
Per Slava by Krzysztof Penderecki
Performer:  Michael Heupel (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; Poland 
4.
Pilinszky János - Gérard de Nerval, Op. 5b by György Kurtág
Performer:  Michael Heupel (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; Hungary 
5.
In memoriam Aczél György by György Kurtág
Performer:  Michael Heupel (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2001; Hungary 
6.
Toccata capricciosa for Cello solo, Op. 36 by Miklós Rózsa
Performer:  Michael Heupel (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977; USA 
7.
Cretan Suite for Cello Solo by Efi Markoulaki
Performer:  Michael Heupel (Cello)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Greece 
8.
Elegy for Cello solo, Op. 10 "For Sebastian Knight" by Aulis Sallinen
Performer:  Michael Heupel (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; Finland 
9.
Sonata for Cello solo by György Ligeti
Performer:  Michael Heupel (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948-1953; Hungary 

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