Correspondences: JS Bach, Berio, Boulez | Stradivarius STR37215

Correspondences: JS Bach, Berio, Boulez


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Label: Stradivarius

Cat No: STR37215

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 4th March 2022



‘The idea of this album came to us during the first Covid-19 lockdown in March 2020.

‘Martina and I share a deep enthusiasm for new music and we are always eager to find the common roots of composers who have been a constant part of our development as musicians, going right back to our school years.

‘What have Berio and Boulez in common with Bach? Firstly, polyphony. The Bach
Sonatas, played here on piano and cello, are in fact “Sonate a 3”, in which the use of different timbres and rhythms goes along with the Bach’s mastery of counterpoint and the sheer inventiveness of the musical motifs.

‘We find that these elements of the composer’s creativity are also very present in the music of Berio and Boulez. In Berio’s
Sequenza for cello, the exploration of the idea of polyphony on a monodic instrument, the variety of atmosphere and the pure technical virtuosity find their roots in Bach’s music.

‘Boulez, with his
Douze Notations for piano, pays a huge debt to the old German tradition of counterpoint, filtered through the twelve-tone system of Schoenberg. Boulez clearly stated that he wanted to make fun of the Second Viennese School, and yet the character of each piece and the virtuosity of each tiny nuance recall Bach’s heritage, in particular his rhythmic precision and the effective way that the different ‘voices’ can be heard.

‘These ideas have encouraged us to offer listeners some fascinating parallels between centuries which can seem so far from one another. We hope that re-building these bridges in our own time might help to maintain dialogues and echoes of the history of our common cultural patrimony.’

– Michele Gamba, Martina Rudić

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