Recorded live in Bergen with pianist Ellena Armelius. The Fountain of Arethusa: the nymph Aretusa, escaping the advances of the god Alpheius, was turned into a spring by Artemis; according to the legend, this spring is to be found near Syracuse in Sicily. From the first bars the piano imitates the rustling of the water, providing the background to one of the most beautiful melodies ever composed by Szymanowski.

 

The North Sea Ensemble perform Schulhoff's "Five Pieces for String Quartet" live at Jubilee Hall in Aldeburgh. Violin 1 - Emily Davis Violin2 - Charlotte MacClure Viola - Clément Holvoet Cello - Dana de Vries (Side note - we apologise for the Audio and Video not being in sync towards the end of the piece.) The "Fünf Stücke für Streichquartett" or "Five Pieces for String Quartet" is a suite of five musical pieces by Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff. The work contains stylistic connections to both a baroque dance suite and to other pieces composed by the Second Viennese School. The piece premiered on 8 August 1924 at the International Society for New Music Festival in Salzburg, and was dedicated to Darius Milhaud. Structure Each of the pieces evokes a different style of dance music: Piece 1: Viennese Waltz Piece 2: Serenade Piece 3: Czech folk music Piece 4: Tango Piece 5: Tarantella

Recorded live in Bergen with pianist Ellena Armelius. Dryads and Pan: the god Pan lasciviously chases the wood nymphs. This fragment of the triptych is the most differentiated. The phrase of the solo violin sounds almost hypnotic, imitating Pan’s flute with harmonics. The work comes to a close with an exceptional accumulation of unconventional sounds created by playing with and without the mute,two-note trills, tremolos, glissandi, artificial and natural harmonics, left hand pizzicati and quarter tones.

European Union Youth Orchestra -  Bernard Haitink -  Hob. I:105 Bruckner - Symphony 7 in E - Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam