Composer: Charles Aznavour, Nadia Boulanger, Johannes Brahms, Frank Bridge, Joseph Canteloube, Bruno Coulais, Antonín Dvořák, Hubert Yves Adrian Giraud, Philip Glass, Jules Emile Frederic Massenet, Astor Piazzólla, Francis Poulenc, Erik Alfred Leslie Satie, Hans Sitt, Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, Yann Tiersen
Performer: Adrien La Marca, Danae Dörken
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: La Dolce Volta
Size: 1.03 GB
01. Giraud: Sous le ciel de Paris (Arr. for Viola & Piano)
02. Brahms: Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op. 52: VI. Ein kleiner, hübscher Vogel (Arr. for Viola & Piano)
03. Tchaikovsky: Six Pieces, Op. 51, TH 143: VI. Valse sentimentale (Arr. for Viola & Piano)
04. Dvořák: 7 Gypsy Songs, Op. 55, B. 104: IV. Songs My Mother Taught Me (Arr. for Viola & Piano)
05. Bridge: Serenade, H. 23 (Arr. for Viola & Piano)
Sitt: Albumblätter, Op. 39
06. I. Moderato
07. II. Andante sostenuto
08. III. Allegro
09. IV. Allegro
10. V. Lento
11. VI. Allegro molto vivace
12. Satie: Je te veux (Arr. for Viola & Piano)
13. Poulenc: Les Chemins de l’amour (Arr. for Viola & Piano)
14. Massenet: Nuit d’Espagne (Arr. for Viola & Piano)
15. Canteloube: Chants d’Auvergne, Series 5: VII. Uno jionto postouro (Arr. for Viola & Piano)
16. Canteloube: Chants d’Auvergne, Series 1: IIIc. Obal di lou Limouzi (Arr. for Viola & Piano)
17. Boulanger: Lux aeterna (Arr. for Viola & Piano)
18. Glass: String Quartet No. 3 ‘Mishima’: IV. Mishima – Closing (Arr. for Viola & Piano)
19. Piazzólla: Oblivión (Arr. For Viola & Piano)
20. Tiersen: Tempelhof (Arr. for Viola & Piano)
21. Coulais: Cerf-volant (Arr. for Viola & Piano)
22. Aznavour: La Bohème (Arr. for Viola & Piano)
This is the story of two young musicians who met during the Coronavirus lockdown, of all things. Daniel Hope invited the French violist Adrien La Marca to appear on his Arte programme ‘Hope@home’ last December. For the first time, his duo partner was the German-Greek pianist Danae Dörken. Sparks flew between them right away, not only in Beethoven and Prokofiev, but also in the encore, La Bohème by Charles Aznavour, a nostalgic piece about two young people who enjoy the simple things in life and forget all the difficulties of reality.
Already the idea was born: why not work together on a new project that transcends the frontiers of countries and musical genres? The result was a new programme featuring classical music, French traditional music, film music and chansons, which the pair have now recorded.
At the heart of the recording are the Albumblätter of the Bohemian-German composer Hans Sitt, a violist and contemporary of Johannes Brahms. These ‘album leaves’ are masterpieces of salon music that are far too rarely found in concert programmes.
Alongside them are other little gems by Antonín Dvořák, Piotr Tchaikovsky and Brahms himself, but also French delicacies by Francis Poulenc and Erik Satie. More modern repertory is represented by Frank Bridge, Nadia Boulanger and Philip Glass. The two famous chansons, Hubert Giraud’s Sous le ciel de Paris and of course Aznavour’s La Bohème, exude a special charm.
An album offering profundity, surprising associations, yet also a typically ‘bohemian’ light-heartedness that enabled the two artists to forget the dreariness of concert-deprived times. The album ‘Chanson bohème’ is their contribution, brimming with hope, for an era of encounters and genuine concerts rising above all frontiers.