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03 December 2021
Lennox in Paris

Emmanuel Bach (violin)
Jenny Stern (piano)

British composer Sir Lennox Berkeley still needs to be more widely appreciated, and this recording puts his music into a wider context of the environment that shaped him. France played a vital part in Berkeley’s development: apart from being a Francophile, circumstances brought him into contact with Nadia Boulanger, with whom he studied formally during the years 1926–1932, which Berkeley spent in Paris. While there he also met Francis Poulenc, among other artistic figures.
 
This album is designed both to pay homage to Lennox and to acknowledge the pivotal role played by Paris in his life and development as a composer. It combines works by Berkeley with his Parisian near-contemporaries Poulenc and Lili Boulanger, the younger sister of Nadia.

£12.00
WHR070CD

Lennox Berkeley: Sonatina for Violin and Piano

I. Moderato

II. Lento

III. Allegretto

Lennox Berkeley: Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano

I. Lento, ma non troppo - Allegro

II. Adagio

III. Allegro con brio

Lennox Berkeley: Elegy and Toccata, for Violin and Piano

I. Elegy, Op. 33 No. 2

II. Toccata, Op. 33 No. 3

 

Lili Boulanger: D'un matin de printemps

Lili Boulanger: Nocturne

Lili Boulanger: Cortège

Francis Poulenc: Sonata for Violin and Piano

I. Allegro con fuoco

II. Intermezzo: Très lent et calme – Modéré sans lenteur

III. Presto tragico

Francis Poulenc transcr. Jascha Heifetz: Mouvements perpétuels

I. Assez modéré

II. Alerte

 

Francis Poulenc transcr. Jascha Heifetz: Presto in B flat major

Recorded in Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of Southampton, UK on 9th-11th April 2021
Booklet design: Hannah Whale, Fruition Creative Concepts
Recording Engineer: Mark Hartt-Palmer
Recording Production: Mark Hartt-Palmer
Total Time: 73:31
Release Date: February 2022

Emmanuel Bach has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at venues including Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, St George’s Bristol, St Martin-in-the Fields and St James’s Piccadilly. He won the 2018 Royal Overseas League String Competition. He has performed in the UK and abroad, playing concertos by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Paganini, Tchaikovsky and others. In 2017, he played in a live-streamed masterclass conducted by Maxim Vengerov, on the Brahms Concerto. He was notably invited to play as a co-soloist with Anne-Sophie Mutter in Bach’s Double Concerto. He is an Artist on the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme, 2017TRUE9.

As a chamber musician, he was a Fellow on the Yale Summer School 2016, USA, working with the Artis, Brentano and Emerson String Quartets. From 2013TRUE5, he held a Leverhulme Fellowship at Pro Corda Chamber Music Academy, coaching young musicians. He also plays with the Bach Quartet, whose performances have included playing on BBC Radio 3’s Music Day 2017.

He has benefitted from masterclasses with musicians including Miriam Fried, Dong-Suk Kang, Shlomo Mintz, Cho-Liang Lin and Hugh Maguire. Previously, he studied with Natasha Boyarsky, and read Music at Magdalen College, Oxford, gaining a double First-class. He is taking an Artist Diploma with Radu Blidar at the Royal College of Music, as a Drapers Music Scholar. He has played on orchestral schemes with the BBC and London Symphony Orchestras. He is grateful for support from the RCM, HR Taylor Trust, Countess of Munster Musical Trust, English-Speaking Union and Tompkins Tate Trust.

South African born pianist Jenny Stern has recorded for radio and television in Europe and her home country. She made her debut playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto K450, with the conductor Alberto Bolet. Following studies at the Royal College of Music with Lamar Crowson, she completed a Masters in South Africa, winning the prestigious Emma Smith Overseas Scholarship for further study.

She has performed extensively in the UK as a chamber musician and duo pianist, collaborating with principal players from orchestras such as the English Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Opera House Orchestra. In South Africa, her major performances include radio broadcasts of Rachmaninov’s First Piano Concerto and the Grieg Piano Concerto, and concertos with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, Natal Philharmonic and Bloemfontein Symphony Orchestra.

She has been invited to give masterclasses at venues including Dartington Summer School of Music and Euro Music Academy in Vienna. She has also given over 500 concerts and workshops at universities and schools. Jenny currently teaches at Eton College and the Royal College of Music, Junior Department.

WHR070     View Booklet     UPC: 5060742690148

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