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Chamber Works, Vol. 1

by Adrian Gagiu

Six compositions of chamber music with string instruments in neoclassical style and in continuation of the great tradition of emotional and musical complexity and coherence of Classicism and Romanticism, with modernist touches.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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1. Piano Trio: 1. Allegro aperto
10:08 $1.99
2. Piano Trio: 2. Vivace con brio
6:54 $1.99
3. Piano Trio: 3. Adagio affettuoso
11:02 $1.99
4. Cello Sonata: 1. Moderato cantabile
7:56 $1.99
5. Cello Sonata: 2. Molto vivace e furioso
4:45 $1.99
6. Cello Sonata: 3. Andante ma non troppo ed intimo - 4. Allegro con brio
10:26 $1.99
7. Viola Sonata: 1. Andante
7:44 $1.99
8. Viola Sonata: 2. Allegro
11:48 $1.99
9. Violin Sonata: 1. Allegro
10:34 $1.99
10. Violin Sonata: 2. Presto appassionato
9:14 $1.99
11. Violin Sonata: 3. Adagio molto e mesto - 4. Allegretto cantabile
15:27 $1.99
12. Pastoral Suite: 1. Sostenuto
3:17 $0.99
13. Pastoral Suite: 2. Andante
2:59 $0.99
14. Pastoral Suite: 3. Allegretto
2:53 $0.99
15. Pastoral Suite: 4. Moderato
2:53 $0.99
16. Pastoral Suite: 5. Allegro non troppo
3:06 $0.99
17. Suite from Bihor: 1. Song I
4:36 $0.99
18. Suite from Bihor: 2. Song II
2:58 $0.99
19. Suite from Bihor: 3. Dirge
2:29 $0.99
20. Suite from Bihor: 4. Epithalamium
2:06 $0.99
21. Suite from Bihor: 5. Ballad
1:55 $0.99
22. Suite from Bihor: 6. Dance
3:01 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Trio for violin, cello and piano in A major (2017) is a neo-classical, cyclic, mostly lyrical composition. Its first movement is an original sonata form with varied repetition of exposition. The second, fiery movement is a peculiar scherzo form with two, varied statements of trio section and other harmonic changes, and the large-scale, slow Finale is treated in seven very different variations, leading to an extatic conclusion.
The Sonata for cello and piano in G major (2017), dedicated to the internationally renowned cellist Mirel Iancovici, is a cyclic, lyrical composition based on pentatonic structures and tone relations typical for ancient Romanian music. The first movement epitomizes the seminal character of the pentatonic themes generating the entire composition, in a mostly gentle and lyrical atmosphere. The second movement offers a sharp contrast by its wild drive, but with subtle polyphonic nods, while its more appeased central Trio section is almost entirely for solo cello, with multiple stops and latent counterpoint. The third and fourth movements, linked together, are first a mysterious, contemplative introduction in place of a full-fledged slow movement, and then a complex, dramatic and heroic Finale, but with a surprisingly humorous central section suggestive of boogie-woogie or ragtime, in anticipatiion of the more delicate and transcendent joy in the coda.
The Sonata for viola and piano in D minor (2016) is actually the piano arrangement of the Viola Concerto (2016), which in turn is an adaptation of the Violin Concerto (2002), a neo-classical composition influenced by Romanian traditional music, Bartok and Stravinsky. commissioned by and dedicated to the violinist Peter Rosenberg, soloist and former leader of the Bamberg Philharmonic (Germany). Its two movements, first slow and tragic, then quick and exuberant, form a stark contrast and a complementary pair.
A large-scale, cyclic composition, the Sonata for violin and piano in F major (2018) shares the overall structure of the Cello Sonata and the mostly lyrical mood of that work and of the Piano Trio, with additional melodic emphasis. The impassioned first movement is in sonata form, with its universally proven esthetic principle, while the following wild "scherzo", with harmonically varied reprises, alludes to Liszt's strange piece "Trübe Wolken" ("Grey Clouds") and, despite its frantic and dark mood, relies heavily on counterpoint, makes subtle use of a twelve tone row, and has a slow and humble central Trio. The Finale, preceded by an ample, almost improvisational, nostalgic slow introduction, is a soothingly melodious rondo with varied reprises, subtly transfiguring its coda imbued with loneliness.
The Pastoral Suite for solo cello in C major (2007) has a study-like character and is based on old signal tunes of the Romanian shepherds, which were played on the 'bucium' (Romanian 'Alpenhorn'). The colorful "Suite from Bihor" for violin and viola in D major (2007) is based on traditional Romanian folk tunes from Bihor county, ranging from lyrical songs to the exhilarating final dance.



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