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Flavours - Music For Cello & Piano / Docters Van Leeuwen, Pushkar


Release Date: 02/26/2013 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 9416  
Composer:  Claude DebussyAlfred SchnittkeLudwig van BeethovenEef van Breen
Performer:  Taisiya PushkarAmber Docters van Leeuwen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This compilation provides a showcase of the many aspects of the cello and the range of emotions and characters that the instrument is able to convey. Opening the collection is Debussy’s technically demanding Sonata in D minor, a staple of the cello repertoire. The whimsical motives, repetitive tones and scales of this work give way to the ingenious combination of atonality and Romantic lyricism of Schnittke’s Sonata No.1, which is followed by Beethoven’s visionary Sonata No.5 in D, a homage to J.S. Bach. This is in turn succeeded by Van Breen’s Flavours, written in 2011. A playful piece that combines many styles, it is written with the five base flavours in mind.

Having studied at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague in her
Read more native country, Amber Docters van Leeuwen moved to New York where she continued her studies at Stony Brook University and the Manhattan School of Music. A recipient of several major awards, including the National Cello Competition’s first prize in Amsterdam and the Samuel Mayes Memorial Cello Award, Amber is famed for her varied concert programmes in which she combines music from all eras, contrasting established classics of the cello repertoire with contemporary works. Joining her on the disc is her longstanding musical partner Taisiya Pushkar, a dynamic pianist and former winner of the Oberlin Concerto Competition.

OTHER INFORMATION:
* Recorded 9 February 2011, Motor Music Studio, Mechelen, Belgium
* Contains notes on the works and performer biographies Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Cello and Piano by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Taisiya Pushkar (Piano), Amber Docters van Leeuwen (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; France 
2.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 by Alfred Schnittke
Performer:  Taisiya Pushkar (Piano), Amber Docters van Leeuwen (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978; USSR 
3.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 5 in D major, Op. 102 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Taisiya Pushkar (Piano), Amber Docters van Leeuwen (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Flavours by Eef van Breen
Performer:  Taisiya Pushkar (Piano), Amber Docters van Leeuwen (Cello)
Written: 2011 

Sound Samples

Cello Sonata in D Minor: I. Prologue
Cello Sonata in D Minor: II. Serenade
Cello Sonata in D Minor: III. Finale
Cello Sonata No. 1: I. Largo
Cello Sonata No. 1: II. Presto
Cello Sonata No. 1: III. Largo
Cello Sonata No. 5 in D Major, Op. 102, No. 2: I. Allegro con brio
Cello Sonata No. 5 in D Major, Op. 102, No. 2: II. Adagio con moto sentimento d'affetto
Cello Sonata No. 5 in D Major, Op. 102, No. 2: III. Allegro fugato
Flavours: I. Bitter
Flavours: II. Sweet
Flavours: III. Sour
Flavours: IV. Salty, Spicy
Flavours: V. Umami

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