Sebastian Bohren – La Folia – Sebastian Bohren (2022) [FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Sebastian Bohren – La Folia – Sebastian Bohren (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:01:14 minutes | 605 MB | Genre: Classical
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This album is an affectionate homage – to Ida Haendel, one of Sebastian Bohren’s heroes; to fiddlers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries; and to the violin itself. The Swiss violinist says, “it is also like a hall of mirrors, as some tracks invoke the spirits of two or three violinists”.

From an early age, Sebastian Bohren was immersed in a lineage of violinists who favoured Romantic transcriptions of Baroque repertoire, studying with a pupil of the great Ukranian-born violinist Nathan Milstein. Later in life, he fell under the influence of violinist Ida Haendel on YouTube, watching her perform Corelli’s “La Folia” Variations. “She played this amazing virtuoso cadenza, and I was captivated”. So arose the concept of a programme reflecting the ethos of “La Folia”, the ear-catching theme which has fascinated composers for centuries, from the Baroque era’s Tomaso Antonio Vitali and Giuseppe Tartini to latter-day Ottorino Respighi and Fritz Kreisler.

Sebastian captures the sound world with sincerity, playing on two different violins, the 1710 “King George” Stradivarius, and a Guadagnini made in 1761.

Tracklist:
1. Sebastian Bohren – Praeludium and Allegro in the style of Pugnani (arr. for violin and strings by Manuel Naegeli) (05:56)
2. Sebastian Bohren – Chaconne in G Minor (arr. for violin and strings by Peter Petrof, after Léopold Charlier) (10:51)
3. Sebastian Bohren – Sicilienne (arr. for violin and strings by Mariana Rudakevych) (03:27)
4. Sebastian Bohren – Violin Sonata in D Minor, Op. 5 No. 12 “La Folia” (arr. for violin and strings by Mariana Rudakevych, after Hubert Léonard; cadenza by Hubert Léonard) (11:28)
5. Sebastian Bohren – Pastorale in A Major, P. 86 (after Giuseppe Tartini): I. Grave (03:41)
6. Sebastian Bohren – Pastorale in A Major, P. 86 (after Giuseppe Tartini): II. Allegro sostenuto (02:30)
7. Sebastian Bohren – Pastorale in A Major, P. 86 (after Giuseppe Tartini): III. Largo (04:18)
8. Sebastian Bohren – Violin Sonata in G Minor, GT 2.g05 “Devil’s Trill” : I. Andante (arr. for violin and strings by Ingolf Turban and Holger Frey; cadenza: F. Kreisler) (04:17)
9. Sebastian Bohren – Violin Sonata in G Minor, GT 2.g05 “Devil’s Trill” : II. Allegro (arr. for violin and strings by Ingolf Turban and Holger Frey; cadenza: F. Kreisler) (03:06)
10. Sebastian Bohren – Violin Sonata in G Minor, GT 2.g05 “Devil’s Trill” : III. Andante – Allegro assai (arr. for violin and strings by Ingolf Turban and Holger Frey; cadenza F. Kreisler) (07:46)
11. Sebastian Bohren – Variations on a Theme of Corelli in the Style of Tartini (arr. for violin and strings by Mariana Rudakevych) (03:48)

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