Jacob Klein - Scordatura Sonatas (2008)

Klein

Pavel Serbin, Alexander Gulin, Hans Knut Sveen

Most composers in Western music history were professional musicians. This “most” seems to imply that there were also composers who were not professional musicians, and that is indeed the case. In various countries and at various periods amateur composers have played an important role. Tommaso Albinoni, Francesco Antonio Bonporti and Benedetto Marcello, for example, were all well-known amateur composers active in Italy at the beginning of the eighteenth century. They proudly called themselves “amatore” or “dilettante” on the title pages of their published works. The German-speaking countries and the Netherlands also had their share of amateur composers in the first half of the eighteenth century. Among Dutch amateur composers Jacob Klein the Younger, who lived from 1688 to 1748, is perhaps not the best known – this prerogative certainly goes to Count Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer, composer of the famous VI Concerti armonici, anonymously published in the Hague in 1740 and later incorrectly attributed to their editor Carlo Ricciotti detto Bacciccia or even to Pergolesi – but his music certainly merits performance and is well worth listening to and recording.

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Pavel Serbin

Pavel Serbin plays the cello and viola da gamba. He is also a teacher at the Moscow Conservatoire, a founder of the ensemble A la Russe and both soloist and artistic director of the orchestra Pratum Integrum. Born in Moscow in 1978, he graduated from the Gnessin Music School (studied with Vera Birina) and the Moscow Conservatoire (among his teachers: professors Dmitry Miller – violoncello, Alexander Rudin – chamber music, Alexander Galkovsky – quartet). He has also attended classes at the Royal Academy of Music in The Hague taught by Jaap ter Linden (Baroque cello) and Wieland Kuijken (viola da gamba). Serbin has won prizes at the Bruges Early Music Competition (1999, as part of the Gassenhauer Trio) and the competitions Premio Bonporti and Van Wassenaar (2000, in a duet with Olga Martynova). His dissertation was on cello music composed in Russia from the late 18th to early 19th centuries.

Alexander Gulin

Alexander Gulin is a soloist with the Russian orchestra Pratum Integrum and postgraduate student of the Moscow Conservatoire. He plays at concerts on the Baroque and modern cello, the viola da gamba and Central Asian folk instruments (gidzhak or oriental violin, rebec). Born in Tashkent in 1980, he studied at the V.A. Uspensky Republican Music School (with Atkham Mansyrov). In 1995 he won a special prize at the Tchaikovsky International Youth Competition (Sendai, Japan). Continuing his musical education in Moscow, Gulin graduated from the Moscow Conservatoire Faculty of Ancient and Modern Artistic Performance (taught by Natalya Gutman and Andrei Spiridonov).

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Jacob Klein - Scordatura Sonatas (2008)

Klein

Pavel Serbin, Alexander Gulin, Hans Knut Sveen

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Jacob Klein was a Dutch “dilettante” parttime composer who lived from 1688 to 1748. He was known as Jacob Klein the Younger. Musicologists feel he substituted the newer cello for the old-fashioned viola da gamba, which was then going out of style. Scordatura is the practice of a work composed for a different tuning of a particular instrument. All in all Klein’s music has a warmth and imaginative quality that sets it apart from more run-of-the-mill works of this period. The playing is of great skill. Nearly all of these are world premiere recordings, made in Moscow, and a fine addition to the growing catalog of albums on this label.

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Jacob Klein - Scordatura Sonatas (2008)

Klein

Pavel Serbin, Alexander Gulin, Hans Knut Sveen

Digital Converters: Meitner design
Microphones: Neumann km130 DPA (B & K) 4006 ; DPA (B & K) 4011 SCHOEPS mk2S ; SCHOEPS mk41
Producer: Michael Serebryanyi
Recording Engineer: Erdo Groot, Roger de Schot
Recording location: 5th Studio of The Russian Television and Radio
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Sonata in C major (Op.1 No.13). Presto - Adagio
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Sonata in C major (Op.1 No.13). Allegro
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Sonata in C major (Op.1 No.13). Largo
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Sonata in C major (Op.1 No.13). Allegro
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Sonata in D major (Op.1 No.14). Largo - Adagio - Poco Allegro - Adagio
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Sonata in D major (Op.1 No.14). Allegro
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Sonata in D major (Op.1 No.14). Adagio
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Sonata in D major (Op.1 No.14). Allegro
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Sonata in A minor (Op.1 No.17). Allegro - Adagio
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Sonata in A minor (Op.1 No.17). Andante
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Sonata in A minor (Op.1 No.17). Adagio
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Sonata in A minor (Op.1 No.17). Vivace
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Sonata in B minor (Op.1 No.18). Adagio - Vivace - Presto - Adagio
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Sonata in B minor (Op.1 No.18). Allegro
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Sonata in B minor (Op.1 No.18). Largo
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Sonata in B minor (Op.1 No.18). Allegro
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Duet in G major (Op.2 No.6). Allegro - Adagio
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Duet in G major (Op.2 No.6). Gavotta. Vivace
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Duet in G major (Op.2 No.6). Ciaccona. Poco Allegro - Allegro
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Duet in G major (Op.2 No.6). Gavotta. Presto
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Duet in G major (Op.2 No.6). Minuetto. Allegro
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Duet in G major (Op.2 No.6). Giga. Allegro
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Sonata in E major (Op.1 No.15). Adagio
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Sonata in F sharp minor (Op.1 No.16). Allegro
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