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by Danae Xanthe Vlasse & Mischa Lefkowitz

This album of violin and piano duets is lyrical and poignant as it explores states of transition: joining dreams, memories, and longing with phenomena of nature such as ocean tides, the passage of day into night, and the cycle of the seasons.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Rêverie
Danae Xanthe Vlasse & Mischa Lefkowitz
7:45 $1.69
2. Nocturne Pour Caline
Danae Xanthe Vlasse & Mischa Lefkowitz
5:07 $1.69
3. Trois Chansons for Violin and Piano: I
Danae Xanthe Vlasse & Mischa Lefkowitz
2:23 $1.69
4. Trois Chansons for Violin and Piano: II
Danae Xanthe Vlasse & Mischa Lefkowitz
4:51 $1.69
5. Trois Chansons for Violin and Piano: III
Danae Xanthe Vlasse & Mischa Lefkowitz
4:49 $1.69
6. Berceuse Pour Beau
Danae Xanthe Vlasse & Mischa Lefkowitz
6:57 $1.69
7. Nocturne-Meditation
Danae Xanthe Vlasse & Mischa Lefkowitz
10:09 $1.69
8. The Sea
Danae Xanthe Vlasse & Mischa Lefkowitz
16:21 $1.69
9. Solstice Serenade
Danae Xanthe Vlasse & Mischa Lefkowitz
6:33 $1.69
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Album Notes
Violinist Mischa Lefkowitz of the Los Angeles Philharmonic performs nine original compositions by award-winning composer and pianist Danaë Xanthe Vlasse. The music is lyrical and poignant as it explores states of transition in people and in nature. People experience myriad transitional and, often, ambiguous emotional states; this album explores an intersection of the conscious mind and the subconscious while caught in dreams, memories, and longing. The album presents these concepts against the backdrop of transitions in nature, as portrayed through the ebb-and-flow of ocean tides, the passage of day into night, and the cycle of the seasons.

About each work:
1) Rêverie: A dream-state of worshipping the moon and admiring the simultaneous opacity and brilliance of the night-sky.
2) Nocturne Pour Caline: An emotional remembrance of a beloved pet, focusing on the impermanence of companionship.
3) Trois Chansons for Violin and Piano: I) An ephemeral time of blissful perfection.
4) Trois Chansons for Violin and Piano: II) A bittersweet commemoration of a lost child.
5) Trois Chansons for Violin and Piano: III) Longing for a city and a way of life - both lost in war.
6) Berceuse Pour Beau: A lullaby in honor of a stoic journey through pain and into solace.
7) Nocturne-Meditation: Reflections of a night spent in introspection and morning of epiphany.
8) The Sea: A contemplative imagination gone adrift, obsessing over the ocean tides and yearning for the unattainable.
9) Solstice Serenade: The Solstice marks either the longest day or the longest night of the year. This pivotal day bears the emotional weight we ascribe to the value of day or night. Either way, whatever positive or negative associations we make with length of daylight hours, the very opposite will incrementally advance through the following half of the year.



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Max Highstein

This music is so delicious that each piece seems like it's over before it has even begun. Wonderful composing and brilliant, passionate performances.

Jeff Tkachuk

Heart-rending; heart-warming
I found the album to be both cerebral and deeply affecting, dancing on that indistinct border between conscious introspection and reverie or dream. While there are deep undertones of melancholy and longing, the moments that most haunt my memory are those that resolve into hope or positive intuition, leaving me with the sense of courage tested, but not exhausted; a heart wounded, but still nonetheless pouring out only what is good in it. There are peaks of both warmly hopeful and deeply somber emotions, but as the album's title, "Solstice," no doubt intimates, these zeniths are also about transitions, and conversions of opposites into one another. Sometimes when it really sinks in that we have lost something, the intensity of the suffering informs us anew just how much it meant to us and we find the suffering change phase and become beautiful and almost ecstatic--filled with gratitude. Similarly, one of the tracks feels like a warm and placid chapter in life, and yet almost implies an awareness of how tragically ephemeral and fragile such a peace must always be. This ambivalence is what I found so layered, complex and moving about the album, which felt to me like both the result and expression of someone wrestling meaning from obdurate suffering; chiseling something beautiful out of tragedy cold as stone; or being filled with gratitude, thankful that courage did not fail to acquit itself and imagination was equal to finding meaning in it all.

Emilio D. Miler

This music will embrace you
This music called for my undivided attention, in a way that I'm challenged to put into words: rather than appealing to my rational self and becoming another item of my multi-tasked life, these pieces prompted, or rather, *urged* me, to FEEL.
And I mean, the kind of feelings that take up your entire body, much like the climaxes of pain, pleasure, or enamorment, and suspend the world around you.
In a music world overcrowded by mediocre offerings, I'm glad to have discovered a product of true artistry, in which virtuosic performances are only the medium to take the listener through a palette of his or her own feelings and memories.

Nick Booth

Sublime Sounds
This music is simply GORGEOUS and I'm SO HAPPY that this is ALL NEW MUSIC; perhaps there is a future for the Classical-Genre if modern composers write music this appealing!

This album has found a place on top of my pile of favorite albums! The music is truly poignant throughout; I was deeply moved by the incredible finesse and emotional depth of the violin-playing! The pianist is fabulous too; she gives the perfect level of support to enhance the song-like qualities of the violin, while maintaining independence in the dialogue. I felt spiritually-awakened when listening to this, and I keep uncovering new layers of beauty each time I listen. I look forward to hearing more music by this talented young composer and I hope she will have many more collaborations with this soulful violinist! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this album!!

Grant Maloy Smith

Brilliant Music!
The combination of Danae's piano art and passionate ethos, combined with Mischa's brilliant violin, is unforgettable. I put in the CD and let it play in its entirety, then let it play again. The melodies are haunting, with a striking interplay between the artists. This seminal work is not to be missed.

Dick Metcalf

Danae Vlasse enchanting piano violin transition portraits
STOP what you’re doing… Danae’s original piano compositions are performed in duet with violinist Mischa Lefkowitz of the Los Angeles Philharmonic (their most senior member, in fact) in such spectacular quality that you won’t be able to concentrate on anything but their explorations of the transitions that occur in our lives… as you listen to the deeply moving expressions of pain moving into a more comfortable place on the 6:57 “Berceuse Pour Beau“, you’ll feel the power of transition… an absolutely lovely marraige of piano and violin that you will listen to over and over again.

Though I couldn’t find live performance captures of the duo together, here are two videos of the players that will give you strong insights into their performance styles… here’s Danae performing her original composition, Fantaisie No 2, “Swansong”…

…sheer musical beauty, I’m sure you’ll agree. Below, you can hear/watch Mischa’s solo performance of Danae’s “Reverie“, which is the opener for this album…

Moving on through the album, I find the intimate reflections the duo portray of deep night moving gloriously into morning on “Nocturne-Meditation” to be highly charged with the spark of life and the living of it… a marvelous composition and performance.

Since I reside at the very edge of the southern tip of the Puget Sound, it’s very easy for me to relate to the wonderful sonic images that Danae and Mischa paint on “The Sea“… it’s the longest performance on the album (16:20), and is definitely my choice for personal favorite of the nine pieces offered up for your musical enjoyment.

I give Danae and Mischa a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99. Get more information at Danae’s website. Rotcod Zzaj

Steve Sheppard

I must admit I have listened to this album a few times now and have become spell bound each time I do so, the juxtaposition between the piano and violin is simply a delight that is too good to pass by. This magical contrast of tone and timbre is a true combination of musical genius.
You only have to listen to the opening piece off the album Réverie to sample that very energy of utter talent for yourself. Vlasse on piano is like watching one of the most beautiful sunsets you would ever wish to gaze upon and is utterly exceptional with every note played and Lefkowitz is like the golden horizon it falls beneath.
The album has nine wonderful tracks to sail away in, like the short form arrangement of Trois Chansons for Violin & Piano: I, where the violin of Lefkowitz manifests an ambience of his own, one can hardly believe that this composition is just under three minutes in duration, and then we can listen to the extremely descriptive narrative of Berceuse Pour Beau, one can feel energies of love here like no other, and the imploring performance by both artists is sublime in capturing this most meaningful of moods.
Solstice is an album that will draw you into its musical dimensions with the ease of a magicians gaze; I personally enjoyed the sojourn within the composition The Sea, the fluency and creativity employed here was utterly amazing, it was very easy for me to listen to the consistency of Vlasse on Piano and drift away of boundless oceans with Lefkowitz’s violin, then to be completely amazed by Vlasse’s execution of intent and power just after the nine minute marker, simply breath taking indeed.
Solstice is a nine part album of blissful piano and violin in the classical style that will entertain the listener and manifest such a level of musical beauty, perhaps one that is unlikely to have been touched thus far. Danae Vlasse and Mischa Lefkowitz are consummate professionals; their abilities are matched by their focus and charming performances, their fluency and incredible symbiotic implementations are simply something that all should sample, how can one not recommend this album, it is unquestionably magnificent.