Almita & Roland Vamos | Violin-Viola Duos, Violin-Cello Duo

Go To Artist Page

More Artists From
United States - Illinois

Other Genres You Will Love
Classical: Contemporary Classical: Chamber Music Moods: Instrumental
Sell your music everywhere
There are no items in your wishlist.

Violin-Viola Duos, Violin-Cello Duo

by Almita & Roland Vamos

Genre: Classical: Contemporary
Release Date: 

We'll ship when it's back in stock

Order now and we'll ship when it's back in stock, or enter your email below to be notified when it's back in stock.
Sign up for the CD Baby Newsletter
Your email address will not be sold for any reason.
Continue Shopping
available for download only
Share to Google +1

To listen to tracks you will need to update your browser to a recent version.

  Song Share Time Download
clip
1. Silent Moon for Violin and Viola, I. Still: Soulful and Resonant
Almita Vamos, Violin. Roland Vamos, Viola.
2:15 $0.99
clip
2. Silent Moon for Violin and Viola, II. Energetic: Majestic and Dramatic
Almita Vamos, Violin. Roland Vamos, Viola.
2:23 $0.99
clip
3. Silent Moon for Violin and Viola, III. Suspended: Lyrical and Chant-Like
Almita Vamos, Violin. Roland Vamos, Viola.
3:14 $0.99
clip
4. Painters' Notes, I. Joan Miro (1893-1983)
Almita Vamos, Violin. Roland Vamos, Viola.
2:52 $0.99
clip
5. Painters' Notes, II. Karel Appel (1921-2006)
Almita Vamos, Violin. Roland Vamos, Viola.
3:09 $0.99
clip
6. Painters' Notes, III. Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008)
Almita Vamos, Violin. Roland Vamos, Viola.
2:31 $0.99
clip
7. Painters' Notes, IV. Remedios Varo (1908-1963)
Almita Vamos, Violin. Roland Vamos, Viola.
3:31 $0.99
clip
8. Painters' Notes, V. Nina Beall (1935- )
Almita Vamos, Violin. Roland Vamos, Viola.
3:10 $0.99
clip
9. Witches' Soiree, I. Misterioso E Estinto
Almita Vamos, Violin. Roland Vamos, Viola.
4:45 $0.99
clip
10. Witches' Soiree, II. Incantation
Almita Vamos, Violin. Roland Vamos, Viola.
5:31 $0.99
clip
11. Witches' Soiree, III. Clickety-Clack
Almita Vamos, Violin. Roland Vamos, Viola.
3:26 $0.99
clip
12. Silent Moon for Violin and Cello, I. Still: Soulful and Resonant
Almita Vamos, Violin. Roland Vamos, Viola. Julian Hersh, Cello
2:23 $0.99
clip
13. Silent Moon for Violin and Cello, II. Energetic: Majestic and Dramatic
Almita Vamos, Violin. Roland Vamos, Viola. Julian Hersh, Cello
2:30 $0.99
clip
14. Silent Moon for Violin and Cello, III. Suspended: Lyrical and Chant-Like
Almita Vamos, Violin. Roland Vamos, Viola. Julian Hersh, Cello
3:27 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Almita Vamos graduated from the Juilliard School of Music where she studied with Mischa Mischakoff and Louis Persinger. She was the winner of the Juilliard Orchestra Competition, Chautauqua Concerto Competition, Concert Artist Guild and the prestigious NYC Kaufmann Auditorium Series. She has performed as a recitalist and soloist with orchestras in the United States and abroad.

Roland Vamos graduated from the Juilliard School with a BA, MA and Doctorate. He was a member of the Houston, Denver and Radio City Music Hall Orchestras and a member of the Morningside Trio and Antioch String Quartet. He has made numerous appearances in the United States, Europe and Asia as conductor, chamber musician and soloist.

Combined, the Vamoses received the "Excellence in Teaching Award" from the White House seven times and have been featured on CBS "Sunday Morning Live". Their students have won gold metals at most of the National and International competitions. They frequently perform together and in larger chamber ensembles. For the past ten years they have been professors at Northwestern University, and have taught for over twenty five years at the Music Institute of Chicago.

"Chicago is a rich artistic city housing some of the most gifted composers in the world. Commissioning these works was a vision we had for several years. It has been very rewarding and challenging working with Augusta Read Thomas, Robert Lombardo and Lazar Trachtenburg. Many thanks to Julian Hersh for his cello performance in "Silent Moon" and acting as producer for this recording."

Almita and Roland Vamos

Cellist Julian Hersh, has appeared as soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S., Europe, and the Far East. As a founding member of the Jupiter Trio he was awarded First Prize in the 2002 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Osaka, Japan. Chosen from 54 ensembles representing 19 countries the Jupiter Trio was the first American ensemble in the history of the competition to win the gold medal. In 2004 the trio was recipient of the Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artist Award from the Classical Recording Foundation for their recording of trios by Beethoven and Shostakovich on the Bridge Records label.

Mr. Hersh has appeared with Yo-Yo Ma on international television in Marsalis on Music and on CBS Sunday Mornings, and has been featured in numerous radio broadcasts on National Public Radio. He was also featured on Japanese television both in an interview and live performance at Izumi Hall in Osaka, Japan. Currently a faculty member at the DePaul School of Music, Mr. Hersh studied at the San Francisco Conservatory where his principal teachers were Bonnie Hampton and Irene Sharp.


Robert Lombardo has written over 200 works for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, orchestra, four chamber operas and a number of song cycles. Recent works include Premonitions (string trio), Frosted Window II (mandolin, flute & mezzo soprano), Piccolo Concertino (mandolin & mandolin orchestra, Espressivo/Agitato (violin & piano) for Duo Diorama, three works for Kugo (an ancient Japanese harp). Along the Silk Road (Motema recording): two works for the kugo. Lombardo has garnered many honors for his compositions: a Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts and Ford grants, commissions from the Serge Koussevitzky Foundation in the Library of Congress, the Fromm Foundation, and radio stations WNIB and WFMT in Chicago. His compositions have been performed by numerous ensembles: the Chicago, Cincinnati and Memphis Symphony Orchestras and CUBE among others. Lombardo is Professor Emeritus from Roosevelt University where he was Professor of Theory & Composition and Composer-in-residence.

In setting Painters’ Notes (2005), he selected five paintings by various artists and imagined their “back stories.”

“My thanks to the Vamos’s for their rich and poetic interpretation of my music.”

For more information, please visit www.robertlombardo.net.


The music of Augusta Read Thomas (b. 1964) is majestic, it is elegant, it is lyrical, it is “boldly considered music that celebrates the sound of the instruments and reaffirms the vitality of orchestral music.”(Philadelphia Inquirer). Her deeply personal music is guided by her particular sense of musical form, rhythm, timbre, and harmony. But given this individuality, her music is affected by history – in Thomas’ words, “Old music deserves new music and new music needs old music.” For Thomas, this means cherishing her place within the musical tradition and giving credit to those who have forged the musical paths she follows and from which she innovates. “You can hear the perfumes of my metaphorical grandparents,” Thomas states, “there is a wonderful tradition that I adore, I understand, and care about, but I have my two feet facing forward.” Thomas’ vision toward the future, her understanding of the present, and her respect for the past is evident in her art. Most striking in her music, though, is its exquisite humanity and poetry of the soul. The notion that music takes over where words cease is hardly more true than in Thomas’ musical voice.

Silent Moon (2005) was commissioned by, and is dedicated with admiration and gratitude to, Almita and Roland Vamos. They premiered it in Chicago in 2006.

In three sections (slow, fast, slow) played without a pause, the music goes full-cycle, returning to its exact starting point. Inscribed in the front matter of the score is this poetic fragment by Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894) from her poem, "Silent Moon. When twofold silence was the song of love.”

For more information, please visit www.augustareadthomas.com.


Born in the former Soviet Union, Lazar Trachtenberg holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and had received an Artist Diploma and B.M. from the Academy of Music in Jerusalem. He studied composition with Ralph Shapey and Shulamit Ran in Chicago, and with Mark Kopytman in Jerusalem. His honors and awards include ASCAP, the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts, and the Israeli Music Institute Composers Competition Prize. His works have been performed in the United States, Israel, Canada, Europe and, most recently, in Singapore. List of performers include the Pacifica Quartet,
members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Contemporary Chamber Players of the University of Chicago, and members of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, among others.

Witches' Soiree (2005), for violin and viola, commissioned by Almita and Roland Vamos, is a fantasy that draws its inspiration from the magical world of fairy tales. It is cast in three movements. The first, Witches' Soiree, depicts the gathering of witches on a starry night from all corners of the planet. The second, Incantation, portrays the ceremonial chanting and casting of spells (the opening and closing measures of the movement may invoke the Finale of Beethoven's 3rd symphony, which is entirely coincidental and without any intent of quoting or borrowing). What if casting of spells went haywire, thus causing immense commotion and forcing witches to work feverishly to undo the undesirable consequences? That is the imagery of the last movement, Clickety-clack.


Read more...

Reviews


to write a review