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Edson Scheid playing Vivaldi's concerto in a minor, RV 356 as a soloist with the American Baroque Orchestra
R E C O R D I N G S
"Music for Chamber Orchestra"
Toccata Classics, London, 2022
The music of Samuel Adler – born in Mannheim in 1928 but long since one of the leading figures of American music – has its roots in the Neo-Classical clarity of composers like Copland and Hindemith, who were among his teachers. The works on this album arose from a range of impulses: a Neo-Baroque concerto grosso and a tribute to Bach encase a series of tributes to lost individuals and traditions; and two jeux d’esprit – Ives’ tongue-in-cheek Variations on America and Holst’s ‘Jupiter’ from The Planets – both bring jollity in Adler’s idiomatic arrangements for string orchestra.
"Memories of Eastern Europe"
American Baroque Orchestra, 2021
Remarkable music by Eastern European composers of the 17th-19th Centuries, including Bortnianski, Titov, Vedel, and others, conducted by artistic director Mark Bailey. Two pieces by 19th Century Jewish-Polish composer and Hazzan, Hirsh Weintraub were arranged and conducted by associate artistic director Kevin Sherwin. They are unique and evocative sacred settings from a largely lost legacy of Jewish synagogal music. Edson Scheid performed as concertmaster and violin soloist.
Joyce DiDonato has staked a powerful claim on the multi-faceted title role of Handel's opera Agrippina. In the words of The Telegraph, she sings it with "authority, grandeur and high style". She has performed it in concert and in the opera house with Maxim Emelyanychev, Chief Conductor of Il Pomo d'Oro. Joining them on this recording is a cast of established and rising stars that includes Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Franco Fagioli, Luca Pisaroni, Elsa Benoit and Jakub Józef Orlinski.
"On Paganini's Trail...
H. W. Ernst and more"
Centaur Records, 2019
During the mid-19th Century there was a debate as to who would in effect be the next Paganini. This album includes works by one of the major contenders, as well as Edson Scheid's own arrangement of Mozart's Rondo from Duo in G Major for violin and viola, KV 423.
"In War and Peace:
Harmony through music"
Recorded live in June 2017 at the magnificent Liceu Theatre in Barcelona, this DVD is the companion to Joyce DiDonato’s award-winning album In War and Peace: Harmony through Music. Seeking answers to the existential question “In the midst of chaos, how do you find peace?”, it makes a compelling piece of music theatre as DiDonato journeys through arias by Handel, Purcell, Monteverdi, Leo and Jommelli with Il Pomo d’Oro and conductor Maxim Emelyanychev. On stage, In War and Peace: Harmony through Music makes a compelling piece of music theatre. In Barcelona, as on the European and North American tours she made in late 2016, DiDonato was joined by the baroque orchestra Il Pomo d’Oro and its principal conductor Maxim Emelyanychev. May and June 2018 bring further performances in Portugal, France, Germany, Turkey and Hungary.
Symphony No. 9, Vol. 5"
Alpha Classics/Outhere Music France, 2017
The Orchester Wiener Akademie and its conductor Martin Haselböck continue their RESOUND Beethoven series. The aim of this project is to record the complete Beethoven symphonies on period instruments in the venues where they were first performed, scrupulously respecting the layout of the orchestra 200 years ago, and also that of the chorus, which at that time was positioned in front of the orchestra. Volume 5 is devoted to the monumental Ninth Symphony with its famous Ode to Joy. The works premiere took place in May 1824 at the Kärntnertortheater in Vienna, which no longer exists. The symphony was performed again shortly afterwards in the Grosser Redoutensaal of the Hofburg Palace in Vienna. It is in this hall that the present recording was made in 2015.
24 Caprices Op. 1"
Paganini reserved his compositions for his own personal use as the world's greatest and most hypnotic violin virtuoso and therefore published relatively little. He made an exception for his Op. 1, the Twenty Four Caprices for solo violin, published in Milan in 1820 but probably written around 1805. They are an astounding compendium of his technique as a performer and continue to challenge soloists and exhilarate audiences with myriad techniques including novel bowing variations, double stops, instrumental imitations, extended use of octaves, and flamboyant alternation of bowed notes and pizzicato. On this disc Edson Scheid performs the set on a period violin with all-gut strings and a classical bow.
Legendary tango performer and composer Astor Piazzola gained experience of Jazz in New York and classical form and technique through studies with Alberto Ginastera. His work lends itself perfectly to arrangement for all kinds of ensembles. and this is the first recording with solo trombone. These popular pieces showcase the stunning playing of multi-award winning soloist Achilles Liarmakopoulos in a variaty of moods, including the famous Oblivion, and Le Grand Tango, a virtuoso show-stopper originally written for cellist Mstislav Rostropovich.
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