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Arcovoce Chamber Ensemble
  • Label: CD Baby
  • UPC: 783707015507
  • Item #: SRD701550
  • Release Date: 1/25/2005
  • Rank: 1000000
  • This product is a special order
Price: $22.19

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Arcovoce Chamber Ensemble on CD

ArcoVoce is a chamber ensemble composed of some of the east coast's most acclaimed performers on modern and period instruments. ArcoVoce is a resident ensemble at the Phillips Gallery here in Washington, and has performed extensively throughout the east coast at such venues as the German and Dutch Embassies, the Corcoran Gallery, the Boston Early Music Festival, and the Carmel Bach Festival. Guest artists who have performed with ArcoVoce include the celebrated baroque violinist Elizabeth Wallfisch, and Franklin Cohen, longtime principal clarinettist of the Cleveland Orchestra. ArcoVoce is unusual, and possibly unique, in performing on both period and modern instruments and in including vocal chamber music as an integral part of our performances. The liner notes to the CD explain why the group performs on both period and modern instruments, but briefly, we think that intriguing correspondences and synergies emerge when seemingly disparate pieces and instruments are juxtaposed. On the disk, for example, we have placed side-by-side the dark Bach e minor sonata for violin and continuo with the bleak Shostakovich instrumental song cycle Seven Romances to Poems of Alexander Blok. We find the eternal feminine manifest in music from the eleventh and nineteenth centuries, and so have paired the radiant Hildegard von Bingen chant with the slow movement of the Brahms c minor quartet, Brahms' lovesong to Clara Schumann. We know of no other group attempting this type of programming, much less doing it so successfully. Listen to why the Washington Post exclaimed of ArcoVoce: 'The performances were skilled and dedicated, wonderfully expressive....It is very rare to hear a single ensemble performing so well in such different kinds of music.'