Russian works for cello & piano
van der Heijden & Petr Limonov
The winner of the
BBC Young Musician Competition in 2012, Laura van der Heijden makes her debut
recording with music of the Soviet era, inspired by her teachers, and by a deep
appreciation of "the immense value of great art, music, and literature in
Russian-speaking countries....[I] discovered the link which exists between the
'Russian soul' and the spiritual virtue of art”.
“The pieces on
this album are in many ways a response to the decree issued by the communist
party on the 10th of February 1948, which further restricted composers’ freedom
Laura has already
made a name for herself as a very special emerging talent, captivating
audiences and critics alike with her insightful and faithful interpretations.
She has appeared with leading UK orchestras, such as the Philharmonia, BBC
Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, European Union Chamber and English Chamber
Orchestras. Her recital partner on this recording is Russian-British pianist Petr Limonov.
The Artea Quartet
comprises Thomas Gould - violin, Rhys Watkins -
violin, Benjamin Roskams - viola and Ashok Klouda – cello. They met whilst
studying at the Royal Academy of Music. After studies with the Amadeus,
Alberni and Wihan quartets they went on to forge a successful career, winning
many awards and performing at festivals throughout the U.K. including the BBC
Proms, and at venues such as the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room as well as live
broadcasts for BBC Radio 3.
busy solo and orchestral careers, this new recording represents a rare
opportunity to hear them in the studio, and the repertoire reflects their
desire to take on a challenge: one of the summits of the repertoire, Schubert’s
last great String Quartet in G major, No 15. "It is a piece of such enormous scope and exquisite beauty that
it is an intimidating peak of the repertoire to scale. It is a sobering thought
that Schubert was the same age as us, if not slightly younger, when he composed
it.” It was published posthumously in 1851.