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2204 Fernando Sor: Lawrence Johnson, Guitar


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INTRODUCING THE ARTIST:

Lawrence Johnson has studied with some of the greatest masters of the classical guitar including Andrés Segovia, Christopher Parkening, Ida Presti and Alexander Lagoya, and Oscar Ghiglia. The leading international authority on Sor, Brian Jeffery, remarks on his "eloquent playing." In the last several years, Mr. Johnson has decided to specialize on the music of Fernando Sor and is currently recording his complete guitar works. ÉLAN is pleased to release highlights from this remarkable cycle.

CRITICAL ACCLAIM:

"...Johnson interprets the material from a Romantic perspective, presenting familiar material in a new light, and breathing life into the works that have remained obscure for so long. Over the album's 73 minutes, Johnson holds your attention with intriguing musical ideas and superb playing..."



Grand Sonata in C, Op. 22; Nine Etudes from Op. 6;
Variations in C, Op. 11A; Three Minuets from Op. 11B

2212 Elmar Oliveira Plays Bach and Martinu


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Introducing the Artist

The son of Portuguese immigrants, Elmar Oliveira was born on June 28, 1950, in Naugatuck, Connecticut. Mr. Oliveira was nine when he began studying the violin with his brother John. He later continued his studies with Ariana Bronne and Raphael Bronstein at the Hartt College of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, where Mr. Oliveira also received an honorary doctorate. Other honors include an honorary doctorate from Binghamton University and the Order of Santiago, Portugal's highest civilian honor. He has served on the juries of some of the most prestigious violin competitions, including the Montreal, Indianapolis, Naumburg, and Vianna da Motta. Elmar Oliveira performs on an instrument known as the "Stretton", made ca. 1729-30 by Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu, and on several other violins by outstanding contemporary makers, including Michael Koeberling.

He remains the only American violinist to win the Gold Medal at Moscow's Tchaikovsky International Competition in 1978. He is also the first violinist to receive the coveted Avery Fisher Prize in 1983, in addition to capturing First Prizes at the Naumburg International Competition and the G.B. Dealey Competition.

He was a Grammy nominee for his 1990 CD of the Barber Concerto with Leonard Slatkin and the Saint Louis Symphony. His recorded works for Artek, Angel, Sony Masterworks, Vox, Delos, IMP, Naxos, Ondine and Melodiya range widely from works by Bach and Vivaldi to contemporary composers. His best-selling 1997 recording of the Rautavaara Violin Concerto with the Helsinki Philharmonic (Ondine) won a Cannes Classical Award and has appeared on Gramophone's "Editor's Choice" and other best recordings lists around the world.

Mr. Oliveira is a Distinguished Artist in Residence at the Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida.



Bach: Sonata No.5 in G minor & Partita No. 2 for unaccompanied violin; Martinu:
Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola, (with Sandra Robbins, violist); Elmar Oliveira, violin

2216 Rachmaninov/Prokofiev: Cello Sonatas: Nataniel Rosen, Cello, Pavlina Dokovska, Piano


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INTRODUCING THE ARTISTS:

Cellist Nathaniel Rosen gained instant recognition in America in 1977 when he won the prestigious Naumberg Competition and global recognition in 1978 when he became the first American cellist to win the Tchaikovsky International Competition's Gold Medal. Since that time, audiences throughout North American, Central America, Europe and Asia have had the opportunity to enjoy his performances in recital and with many of the world's greatest orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, London Symphony, Dresden State Orchestra, l'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Czech Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony and on PBS telecasts with the Pittsburgh, Boston Leipzig Gewandhaus, Atlanta and Waterloo Festival Orchestras. Rosen began studying the cello at the age of six with Eleanor Schoenfeld in his native California. Seven years later, while participating in the Coleman Chamber Music Auditions, he met Gregor Piatigorsky, who soon became his teacher and mentor. By the age of twenty-two, Rosen had become Piatigorsky's assistant, a post he retained until the master's death in 1976. Mr. Rosen made his New York debut in 1970 as winner of the Piatigorsky Award of the New York Violincello Society. A Martha Baird Rockefeller Grant made possible an Alice Tully Hall concert in 1976, where Mr. Rosen premiered a work by William Kraft. As the 1977 Naumberg winner, Mr. Rosen was presented in recital at Alice Tully Hall in 1977 and 1978. In the spring od 1988, Mr. Rosen and violinist Elmar Oliveira performed the world and New York City premieres of Ezra Laderman's Concerto for Violin and Cello, dedicated to and commissioned by the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the two soloists' Gold Medal triumphs at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Mr. Rosen is currently a visiting professor at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He is also artist-in-residence at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago.

Pavlina Dokovska represents the young generation of Bulgarian pianists at its best.

She gave her first solo recital at the age of nine in the town of Rousse where she was born and performed with orchestra when she was twelve. A few years later she graduated from the Sofia State conservatory. After further studies with Yvone Lefebure in Paris, Miss Dokovska completed her musical education as a Fulbright scholar at the Juilliard School of Music in New York studying with Beveridge Webster. She received her Master of Music degree in May of 1980.



Rachmaninov: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G Minor, Op. 19;
Prokofiev: Sonata for Cello and Piano in C, Op. 119

2230 Scriabin; Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra; Emil Tabakov, Conductor


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INTRODUCING THE ARTIST:

Emil Tabakov is a graduate of the Bulgarian State College of Music where he earned degrees in conducting, composition, and contrabass. In 1977, Mr. Tabakov was awarded the laureate title at the Nikolai Malko International Competition for Young Conductors in Copenhagen and is currently chief conductor of the Sofia Philharmonic, the oldest and most prestigious orchestra in Bulgaria. Maestro Tabakov made his professional conducting debut at age seventeen with the Rousse Symphony Orchestra and was subsequently appointed music director of that orchestra, a post he held from 1975 until 1979. In 1977, Maestro Tabakov founded the Chamber Orchestra of the Bulgarian State College of Music and continued to appear regularly with that ensemble. From 1979 to 1988, he was the artistic director and conductor of the Sofia Soloists Chamber Ensemble, presenting concerts throughout Bulgaria and on tour in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia and the United States. With the Sofia Philharmonic, Tabakov has appeared in Great Britain, Germany, Yugoslavia and, in 1990, toured in the United States, Japan, Hong Kong, South America. He has numerous guest conducting appearances to his credit including concerts in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Poland, Brazil, Romania, Greece and France.

Equally talented as a composer, Maestro Tabakov's works have been published and performed in Bulgaria and abroad. His orchestral arrangements of Respighi songs are featured on another ÉLAN CD (82280) with the gifted soprano Burjana Antonova and the Sofia Chamber Soloists.

CRITICAL ACCLAIM:

"...Tabakov reveals a finely tuned sense of Scriabin's colors. In sum, this stands with Järvi at the top of the list..." Peter J. Rabinowitz Fanfare



Scriabin: Symphony No. 2;
Tabakov: Concerto for 15 String Instruments

82270 Ginastera: String Quartets, Cuarteto Latinoamericano,


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INTRODUCING THE ARTISTS:

Cuarteto Latinoamericano was formed in 1981 on the initiative of four outstanding Latin American musicians: brothers Saul Bitran, violinist; Aron Bitran, violinist; Alvaro Bitran, cellist; and Javier Montiel, violist. Since then, the ensemble has performed extensively in Mexico, Eastern and Western Europe, Scandinavia, South America and the United States. The quartet has special interest in the works by Latin American composer of all periods, and has premiered many string quartets written specifically for them. Reviews of their performances of the traditional, contemporary, and Latin American repertoires have praised the quartet's technical command, warmth, musicality, versatility, and enthusiasm. It is this ability to render with equal success new compositions and traditional masterpieces of the string quartet repertoire that makes the Cuarteto Latinoamericano unique. The members of the quartet are Artists-in-Residence at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.

Soprano Claudia Montiel was born in Mexico City and studied piano and voice at the National School of Music. She has performed with Repertorio Español and the Amato Opera Company, and in solo recitals in both the United States and Mexico. In 1993 Ms. Montiel was awarded first place in the Carlo Morelli Vocal Competition at the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City.



String Quartet No. 1, Op. 20;
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 26;
String Quartet No. 3, Op. 40 with Claudia Montiel, soprano

82282 La Música de Cuba, Volume III; Elias Barreiro, Guitar

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INTRODUCING THE ARTIST:

Guitarist Elias Barreiro was born in Santiago de Cuba in 1930 and studied at the Havana Conservatory of Music. His post-graduate work was with Maestro Andrés Segovia at Santiago de Campostela in Spain. He has performed extensively in Cuba and abroad as a recitalist, as soloist with orchestra, and with chamber ensembles. Mr. Barreiro has edited and arranged scores for over 35 books on guitar music and has numerous recordings to his credit. He has been a member of juries at both national and international competitions and recipient of the 1992 Mentor Award given by the Guitar Foundation of America. Since 1967, Elias Barreiro has been head of the guitar program at Tulane University, New Orleans, LA.

CRITICAL ACCLAIM:

"...in Barreiro's hands they become exquisite miniatures, played with charming warmth and commitment..."-- Peter Spencer Newark Star-Ledger



Selections by Saumell, Cervantes, Varona, Ankermann, Fuentes,
Romero, Coca, and Moren

82286 Latin American String Quartets, Cuarteto Latinoamericano


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Villa-Lobos: String Quartet No. 5; String Quartet No.17;
Revueltas: String Quartet No.4 - Musica de Feria
Orbón: String Quartet (world premiere recording)
Lavista: Reflejos de la Noche (world premiere recording)

82298 Clinton-Narboni Duo


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INTRODUCING THE ARTIST:

The Clinton/Narboni duo have been highly praised for their "tremendous lyricism and show-stopping virtuosity." Their critically acclaimed appearances at the prestigious Aspen Institute introduced them to distinguished international audiences. The duo pianists have been featured on many radio and television broadcasts, including National Public Radio's Performance Today. This successful duo team has also captured top prizes in the 1994 ProPiano New York Recital Series, the 1995 NFMC Ellis Competition for Duo Pianists, and the 1996 Concorso Internazionale Carlo Soliva. They received the Alvin Perlman Prize at the Fifth Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition for their performance of Six Variations for Two Pianos by Ned Rorem.

CRITICAL ACCLAIM:

Received a five star performance rating from BBC Music Magazine in February 1999



Tailleferre: Concerto Grosso for 2 pianos, singers, saxophones and
orchestra (world premiere recording);
Snyder: Double for 2 pianos and orchestra;
Poulenc: Concerto for 2 pianos and orchestra;
Clinton-Narboni Piano Duo, Orchestre du Conservatoire du Centre
de Paris, Bruno Poindefert, conductor

82404 Clinton-Narboni Duo


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INTRODUCING THE ARTIST:

The Clinton/Narboni duo have been highly praised for their "tremendous lyricism and show-stopping virtuosity." Their critically acclaimed appearances at the prestigious Aspen Institute introduced them to distinguished international audiences. The duo pianists have been featured on many radio and television broadcasts, including National Public Radio's Performance Today. This successful duo team has also captured top prizes in the 1994 ProPiano New York Recital Series, the 1995 NFMC Ellis Competition for Duo Pianists, and the 1996 Concorso Internazionale Carlo Soliva. They received the Alvin Perlman Prize at the Fifth Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition for their performance of Six Variations for Two Pianos by Ned Rorem.



Tailleferre: Homage à Rameau;
Bartók: Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion;
Bowles: Concerto for Two Pianos, Winds and Percussion
Snyder: Portals (world premiere recording)
Clinton-Narboni Piano Duo, The Shepherd School Percussion
Ensemble, Richard Brown, director

82414 Nancy Galbraith, Four Chamber Works


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Introducing the Artist

Nancy Galbraith (b. 1951) has been composing music since the late 1970's, creating instrumental and vocal sound praised for its rich harmonic texture, rhythmic vitality, emotional and spiritual depth, and wide range of expression.

With major contributions to the repertoires of symphony orchestras, concert choirs, wind ensembles, chamber ensembles, electroacoustic ensembles, and soloists, Galbraith plays a leading role in defining the sound of contemporary classical music.

Nancy Galbraith resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she is Professor and Chair of Composition at Carnegie Mellon University. She is published by Subito Music.



String Quartet No.1; Incantation and Allegro; Aeolian Muses;
Rhythms and Rituals
Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Renaissance City Winds, Pittsburgh SO
principals, Carnegie Mellon School of Music Faculty

82418 Reina de las flores,


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Introducing the Artist

Elias Barreiro was born in Santiago de Cuba in 1930 and studied at the Havana Conservatory of Music. His post-graduate work was with maestro Andres Segovia at Santiago de Compostela in Spain. He has performed extensively in Cuba and abroad as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and with chamber ensembles.

Professor Barreiro has edited and arranged scores for over forty books on guitar music and has numerous recordings to his credit. He has been a member of juries at both national and international competitions, and was the recipient of the 1992 Mentor Award given by the Guitar Foundation of America.

Since 1967 Professor Barreiro has been the head of the guitar program at Tulane University. A number of his former students perform regularly in concerts, and hold faculty positions at universities and schools across the United States. Elias Barreiro has published works with Hansen Publications, the Willis Music Company, Editions Orphee, and now exclusively with Mel Bay Publications.

Two selections from Professor Barreiro's The Guitar Music of Cuba (MB96178BCD) were used as incidental music in the 2002 MGM film Original Sin starring Antonio Banderas and Angelina Jolie. Both pieces, "La Celosa" and "Un Recuerdo," were originally written for the piano by Cuban composer Ignacio Cervantes and transcribed and performed on the guitar by Professor Barriero.



Elias Barreiro, Guitar
Compositions by Garay, Ramirez, León, Nazareth, Cervantes, Ortiz,
Saumell, do Abreu, Sánchez de Fuentes, León, Romero, Barrios, Ponce

82422 Clinton - Narboni Duo


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Martinu: Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra; Concerto Grosso
for Two Pianos and Chamber Orchestra; Three Czech Dances; La
Fantaisie; Impromptu (world premiere recording)
Clinton-Narboni Piano Duo, Talich Chamber Orchestra, Vladimír Válek, conductor

82424 A Sense of Time, Music of Efrain Amaya


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Introducing the Artist

American composer and conductor Efraín Amaya was born in Venezuela, where he began his musical training. Continuing his studies in the United States, he earned degrees in composition and piano from the University of Indiana, Bloomington, and a master's degree in conducting from Rice University.

Amaya's compositions have been selected for performance at major international Festivals such as the Seattle Symphony's Viva la Música Festival: the American Composers Orchestra Festival of Venezuelan Music at Weill Recital Hall; The "XVII Foro Internacional de Música Nueva Manuel Enríquez" in Mexico City; The VIII and XI "Festival Latinoamericano de Música" in Caracas, Venezuela; the 35th, 32nd and 29th Annual National Flute Association Conventions in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nashville, Tennessee and in Dallas, Texas; the Gala Concert of the Jeanne Baxtresser International Master Classes at Carnegie Mellon University and the Julliard School, in Boston on the Modern Orchestra Project recital series.

Efraín Amaya received a 2004 Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and has been a Meet The Composer Composer-in-Residence with Gateway to the Arts, WQED-FM, Renaissance City Wind Music Society and Shaler School District from September of 2001 to September 2004, made possible by Meet The Composer, Inc. and its New Residencies program. In Western Pennsylvania, the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, the Carnegie Mellon University and Duquesne University Contemporary Ensembles have performed his music. It has also been included in the Sewickley Bachfest, the Shadyside Concert Series and the Renaissance City Winds concert series. His opera Clepsydra was premiered as part of the "First Night" celebrations in Pittsburgh as a collaborative multimedia performance for tape, live performers, and edited video projection, sponsored by the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and the Heinz Endowment. Élan Recordings released his debut CD A Sense of Time on June 1, 2001. Albany Records released in 2004 the two cello version recording of Silent Conversations in a CD entitled Zoo of Dreams featuring the Amici Chamber Players.

Mr. Amaya is the Music Director and Conductor of the Greensburg American Opera as well as the founder and Music Director of The Point Chamber Orchestra, which made its debut performances the year 2006 with a tour of seven concerts in Italy, performing in venues such as the Fenice Theater, the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and the Parco della Musica in Rome.



Pájaros de tres alas; Dúo Ami; Three Songs; String Quartet No. 1; Brass Quintet; Flashbacks; Ikarus; Polaris;
Efraín Amaya, conductor, pianist; Cuarteto Latinoamericano; Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble; Jeanne Wentworth,
soprano; Scott Bell, oboe; Philip Pandolphi, bassoon;




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