YSAŸE: VIOLIN DISCOVERIES ( DDA 25222) a new release by Divine Art Recordings Group
Scènes Sentimentales; Trois Études-Poèmes; Petite fantaisie romantique; Violin Concerto in G minor
Sherban Lupu, violin, with Henri Bonamy, piano and the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, Paul Mann conductor
Belgian violinist, conductor and composer Eugène Ysaÿe (1858–1931) was one of the great violin virtuosos of the 19th and early 20th centuries. After winning several competitions in the conservatory, he studied with Henryk Wieniawsky in Brussels and Henri Vieuxtemps in Paris, soon establishing an international reputation as a great virtuoso throughout Europe and the United States.
Maestri Lupu, Bonamy and Mann deliver stylish, elegant, and often virtuosic performances of Ysaÿe’s music.
Rafael de Acha has enjoyed a distinguished career in the arts as a performer, stage director, producer, and educator. He was born and grew up in Cuba. At the age of 17 he moved to the United States to study Drama at the University of Minnesota, and later Languages at L.A. City College, Music at the Juilliard School of Music, at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music, and at the New England Conservatory of Music, from which he received the Master's degree. He has taught courses on the History of Music at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and at Florida International University, and contributed writings and reviews to Seen and Heard International (www.seenandheard-international.com ) and to this blog. He co-founded the award-winning New Theatre in Coral Gables, Florida, where he produced and staged twenty seasons of classical and contemporary theater, including fifty world premieres of plays that went on to have international and national productions on and off Broadway, including Ana in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz (Pulitzer Prize for Drama 2002 and Tony Nomination 2003.) In 2006 he was presented with a citation from The Dade County Cultural Affairs Council for “trailblazing contributions to the arts in South Florida.”
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