Goethe’s Mignon Lieder and their settings
Nataša Antoniazzo – Mezzosoprano
Mia Elezović – Piano
Bella Musica Edition BM319298
This recital CD by Croatian-born mezzo-soprano, Nataša Antoniazzo, is a traversal of various settings of the Mignon texts from Goethe’s ‘Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre’, the German master’s second great bildungsroman, in which the eponymous hero is drawn
to the young maid, Mignon. The girl, having been abducted from her homeland in Italy gives the ever-present sense of nostalgia, loss and innocence in suffering and ultimately tragedy, that the romantic, particularly Germanic, composer finds himself drawn to. With her appendages of simplicity and the sunshine of the south, the girl Mignon suffuses the music she inspired. The most famous verses are the words of Mignonherself, including the most well-known: ’Kennst du das Land?’ Apart from the everpopular Schubert settings, this disc includes settings by Beethoven, Schumann, Wolf,Tchaikovsky, Liszt and the youthful Alban Berg.
Nataša Antoniazzo is a masters graduate of the Music Academy in Zagreb, Croatia. She has also taken part in international masterclasses with Sena Jurinac (Vienna), Grace Bumbry (at the international summer school of the Mozarteum, Salzburg), and Jonathan Morris (Switzerland) among others. She continues to perform as a soloist with the Croatian National Opera and around Europe, also performing widely as a lieder recitalist and has been broadcast by Croatian Radio and Television. in addition to performing, Nataša teaches music and dramatic studies at the Libertas International University in Zagreb and gives guest lectures at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.
Japanese-Croatian pianist, Mia Elezović, studied at the Music Academy in Zagreb, Croatia, and continued her studies at the University for Music and the Performing Arts in Vienna and the Manhattan School of Music in New York. Mia is the laureate of many competitions and has been a grant recipient of the Soros Foundation. As well as giving solo recitals, she is in demand internationally as a chamber musician. In addition, Mia teaches courses in New York, the Royal Conservatoire in Liége, Belgium, and in the music academies of Split and Osijek, Croatia.
This recital CD is presented by German label Bella Musica Edition and distributed
worldwide by Naxos.
Aleksey Semenenko, violin
Inna Firsova, piano
ARS 38 544
Ukrainian-born violinist Aleksey Semenenko’s debut CD surveys French violin repertoire of the 19th and 20th centuries. Headlined by Chausson’s ‘Poème’, the CD includes miniatures and arrangements as well as the filigree and arousing mid-20th century sonata by Francis Poulenc. Semenenko wanted not merely to display his bravura technique as demonstrated in the Ysaÿe, but to portray the distinctiveness of French style in the miniatures as much as the more substantial works written over the late 19th and early to mid-20th century. Debussy could be epitomising this French character in his expression of Chausson’s signature work:
“Nothing is more touching than the gentle dreaminess of Chausson’s ‘Poème’, where, casting aside any ideas of description of anecdote, the music itself becomes the sentiment that commands our emotions.”
This disc is released on the ECHO Klassik award-winning ARS Produktion label.
Aleksey Semenenko is hailed as a young artist possessing an ‘unparalleled level of refined musicianship and stage presence.’ (The Strad). He won the Second Prize of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2015 and is achieving acclaim worldwide, performing throughout Europe, Russia and the United States. Of his debut in New York, the New York Times wrote: “He played with unfailing purity often, but also with wonderful spontaneity and humor.” Aleksey’s regular chamber music partner is young Ukrainian pianist Inna Firsova.
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