Warner Classics are delighted to announce the first recording in a new relationship with Leila Josefowicz
has made her first recording for Warner Classics, a recital disc which includes works by Beethoven
and Esa-Pekka Salonen
. Recorded at the end of January in New York's American Academy of Arts and Letters accompanied by pianist John Novacek
, the CD will be released in spring 2005 to coincide with a recital tour of the same programme. Warner Classics had first worked with the violinist when her beautiful performance of Massenet's Méditation
and Saint-Saëns' Introduction et Rondo capriccioso
from the Last Night of the Proms 2003
was released in 2004 (Warner Classics 2564 61552-2). Josefowicz also featured on Nonesuch's critically acclaimed recording of John Adams' Road Movies
which was also released in 2004 (Nonesuch 7559 79699-2). Matthew Cosgrove, Director of Warner Classics, then met Josefowicz in New York and they instantly agreed that they should work together and the recital programme would be the first recording of the new relationship.
The programme was particularly attractive to Cosgrove, who is known for his passion for unknown and challenging music, because it combines familiar works, such as Ravel's Sonata, with the unchartered territory of Esa-Pekka Salonen's Lachen verlernt
and Mark Grey's San Andreas Suite
. Josefowicz loves to act as ambassador for contemporary composers' music and this recital allows her to introduce her audience to something new, something they may not have chosen to listen to on their own, as well as some truly great works from the repertoire. The full tracklist for the two CD set (which will retail at the price of one CD) is as follows:
Olivier Messiaen: Theme and Variations
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No. 10, op. 96
Esa-Pekka Salonen: Lachen verlernt
Mark Grey: San Andreas Suite
Maurice Ravel: Sonata
Both Mark Grey’s San Andreas Suite
and Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Lachen verlernt
are written for unaccompanied violin. San Andreas Suite
was composed for Josefowicz and explores dark and light sonorities using different rhythmic impulses. Inspired by early experiences in the composer’s native California, it acknowledges many different musical traditions woven into the state’s cultural fabric, hinting at rock, meditative, and Eastern music. Lachen verlernt
(‘Laughing unlearnt’) is basically a Chaconne or harmonic progression that repeats itself several times. Starting with a lyrical melody, the music becomes faster and more frenzied until it sounds as if the imaginary narrator has reached a state of utter despair. In a short Coda, the mini-drama ends peacefully.
Still in her 20s, Leila Josefowicz has won the hearts of audiences around the world with her honest, fresh approach to the repertoire and her dynamic virtuosity. Since making her Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 16, she has appeared with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras and conductors and has collaborated closely with leading contemporary composers including John Adams, whose Violin Concerto she has recorded under the composer’s direction, and Oliver Knussen, whose concerto she has premiered in Norway and Holland.
In her busy international schedule, Leila Josefowicz has recital dates in Valencia (16th April), Warsaw (19th April), Grunwald (21st April) and the Barbican, London (23rd April) followed by performances of Oliver Knussen's Violin Concerto with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by the composer himself in Glasgow (6th May) and Edinburgh (7th May). For full concert schedule, please see the concert dates section.