MOZART I BEETHOVEN
VIOLIN AND CELLO DUETS
Carmine Miranda & BORIS ABRAMOV
Award winning cellist Carmine Miranda and violinist Boris Abramov’s new Navona release Mozart / Beethoven: Violin and Cello Duets is an intimate gem of delightful chamber music from the Classical Period. Drawn from various duos by Beethoven and Mozart, this album is substantive, and showcases a wide stylistic breadth of late eighteenth century German instrumental music, from the sumptuous levity of the divertimento, to the full brilliance of sonata form. In this recording both performers balance concepts of classical performance, musical research and virtuosic dexterity combined with a high-definition audio engineering in order to create the most realistic sound and definitive version of these works. The pieces in this recording have never been paired together. Their unique styles, and carefully researched interpretations by Miranda and Abramov, create exceptional recordings with equal parts nuance and bravado.
The Beethoven arrangements come from a set for Clarinet and Bassoon composed without an opus number in the early 1790s. While Beethoven did not officially add these pieces to his catalog, the works rapidly became popular, and at least two widely distributed editions of the duos were published within his lifetime. Dating from the earliest part of Beethoven’s career, these pieces are consummately Classical, without showing much of the Romantic sturm und drang that define the two later stages of the composer’s oeuvre. With that said, the duos are utterly charming and dominated by graceful melodies and straightforward forms. They epitomize late eighteenth century chamber music.
The two Mozart duos, originally composed for violin and viola, are a “better-known” treasure among violinists and violists, particularly in their approach to the era’s most important musical structure: sonata form. Indeed, both duos open with the same structural premise Mozart, Haydn, and their contemporaries more commonly used at the beginning of symphonies, piano sonatas, and string quartets. In particular, the first movement of the Duo for Violin and Viola in B-flat Major, K. 424 is remarkable, and it may be one of Mozart’s most cleverly composed instances of sonata form.
The movement is wry and, frankly, humorous – a characteristic most easily heard in the exposition’s closing section and the very beginning of the development. Here, Mozart uses unusually long rests and unexpected elisions to interrupt and blur the straightforward demarcations between phrases, leading the listener to smile in surprise. This kind of compositional sarcasm is more commonly associated with the music of Joseph Haydn than Mozart, and – perhaps because Mozart composed this duo to complete a commission begun by Haydn’s brother, Michael – there are numerous harmonic and structural clues that suggest Mozart attempts to reference Haydn in the duo’s first movement.
This is a rare collection: With the emphasis placed on Classical era piano sonatas, string quartets, and symphonies, it is unusual to find an album offering so much of an alternative genre, which, in all likelihood, was a more common part of the composers’ contemporaneous musical life than we typically think.
This is a richly inspired recording performed by two international soloists: Original woodwind parts reveal fresh nuance and surprising depth through reinterpretation on cello and violin. Those who know every note of Mozart’s and Beethoven’s catalog will still discover something new in this revelatory recording.
Carmine Miranda has received several awards including two Gold, one Silver, and one Bronze Medals from the Global Music Awards for Best of Show (GMA's highest honor), Best Emerging Artist, and Best Instrumentalist, two Hollywood Music in Media Awards nominations, first prize winner of the 2005 Alhambra Music Competition, National Prize for Best Soloist from the Florida Music Educators Association, and a Distinguished Award from the 2012 IBLA international competition, among others. Miranda’s performances have been broadcast on radio stations across the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia as well as appearing on TV stations such as PBS.
This recording marks Boris Abramov’s debut on Navona Records. He has performed with ensembles and orchestras in concert halls around the world including the Jerusalem Festival, Russian XX Homecoming Chamber Music Festival, Columbus Symphony, LaGrange Symphony, Brevard Symphony, and Auburn Symphony. Mr. Abramov was appointed principal second violinist of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and currently serves as Professor of Violin at Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music in Georgia.
Born in Valencia, Venezuela in 1988 to Italian immigrants and moving to the United States at an early age, Carmine Miranda is an American cellist, international soloist, and recording artist. Carmine attended the University Of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he obtained a Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degrees. His performances and recordings have appeared in radio and TV stations all over the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Asia. An avid soloist and chamber musician, Carmine has received several awards, international recognition, and has performed in prominent music halls and festivals with orchestras, ensembles, and distinguished artists all over the world. At the age of twenty-two and twenty-three, Carmine recorded the Six Cello Suites by Johann Sebastian Bach and Alfredo Piatti’s 12 Caprices for Solo Cello, joining the ranks of the youngest in the world to record these entire works.
To learn more about Carmine Miranda please visit www.carminemiranda.com
Born in Baku, Azerbaijan in 1989 and immigrating to Israel at a young age, Israeli violinist and recording artist Boris Abramov has established himself as a virtuosic soloist and chamber musician, performing across the world with several chamber ensembles and orchestras. Boris is the recipient of several awards and prizes; including the National Winner of the 2008 MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) Competition for strings in Denver CO and was awarded a special prize at the 2009 Pablo de Sarasate International Competition in Pamplona, Spain. He forms part of the violin faculty at the Columbus State University, Schwob School of Music in the United States, where he further immigrated and obtained his Bachelors, Masters and Artist Diploma degrees. Abramov has been heard on several radio broadcasts and international music festivals as a soloist and chamber musician.
To learn more about Boris Abramov please visit www.borisabramov.com
Release Date: November 10, 2017
Catalog #: NV6118
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
TWO DUOS FOR VIOLIN AND CELLO
(ARR. BERKE / MIRANDA)
Duo for Violin and Cello (VIOLA) in G Major, KV. 423
01 I. Allegro
02 II. Adagio
03 III. Rondeau (Allegro)
DUO FOR VIOLIN AND CELLO (VIOLA) IN B FLAT MAJOR, K. 424
04 I. Allegro
05 II. Andante cantabile
06 III. Tema con variazioni (Andante grazioso – Allegretto – Allegro)
Ludwig van Beethoven
THREE DUOS FOR VIOLIN AND CELLO, WoO 27
DUET NO.1 FOR VIOLIN AND CELLO (CLARINET & BASSOON)
IN C MAJOR
07 I. Allegro comodo
08 II. Larghetto sostenuto
09 III. Rondo: Allegretto
DUET NO.2 FOR VIOLIN AND CELLO (CLARINET & BASSOON)
IN F MAJOR
10 I. Allegro affettuoso
11 II. Aria (Larghetto)
12 III. Rondo (Allegro Moderato)
DUET NO.3 FOR VIOLIN AND CELLO
(CLARINET & BASSOON) IN B FLAT MAJOR
13 I. Allegro sostenuto
14 II. Aria con variazioni (Andantino con moto)
Recorded July & October, 2016 at RLU Recordsʼ Studios in Cincinnati OH (USA)
Engineering & Mixing Carmine Miranda
Main Production Carmine Miranda
Photography Cody Vickers & Rob Davidson
Executive Producer Bob Lord
Executive A&R Sam Renshaw
A&R Alex Bourne
Audio Director Jeff LeRoy
Mastering Lucas Paquette, Joe Dobrowolski
Design & Marketing Director Brett Picknell
Design Ryan Harrison, Emily Roulo
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