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Sound in Search of a Past - music for violin or viola & piano by Grieg, Smetana, Janacek, Bartok, Perry, Bloch / Ambra Albek,violin & viola; Fiona Albek, piano

Album Summary

>Grieg, Edvard : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in G major, Op. 13
>Smetana, Bedrich : Z domoviny (From the Homeland), pieces (2) for violin & piano, JB 1
>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Sonata for violin & piano, JW 7/7
>Bartók, Béla : Romanian Folkdances (6) for Piano, Sz 56
>Bloch, Ernest : Abodah
>Perry, William (i) : The Nightingale in the Park, for violin, viola & piano
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Twin sisters Ambra and Fiona Albek have been performing together since their childhood. Their duo now performs in various music festivals and concert series in Switzerland, throughout Europe, the US, Australia, South America and China.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
The title of the recording is an enigma to me. They do play using musical values associated with great musicians of the past, like Ambra's audible shifts and their mutual emotional abandon. Maybe the title has something to do with the nostalgic nature of William Perry's work from 2010, which uses beautiful English harmonies I associate with the early 20th Century. What I do know is the Albek duo makes excellent music here.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sala Boccado, Montagnola, Switzerland (07/2013-08/2013).



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Works Details

>Grieg, Edvard : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in G major, Op. 13
  • Performers: Ambra Albek (Violin); Fiona Albek (Piano)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1867

>Smetana, Bedrich : Z domoviny (From the Homeland), pieces (2) for violin & piano, JB 1 :: 118
  • Performers: Ambra Albek (Viola); Ambra Albek (Violin); Fiona Albek (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1880

>Janácek, Leos [Composer] : Sonata for violin & piano, JW 7/7
  • Performers: Ambra Albek (Violin); Fiona Albek (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914-1915

>Bartók, Béla : Romanian Folkdances (6) for Piano, Sz 56
  • Performers: Ambra Albek (Viola); Fiona Albek (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1915.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1915

>Bloch, Ernest : Abodah :: a Yom Kippur melody, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Ambra Albek (Viola); Ambra Albek (Violin); Fiona Albek (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1929

>Perry, William (i) : The Nightingale in the Park, for violin, viola & piano
  • Performers: Ambra Albek (Viola); Ambra Albek (Violin); Fiona Albek (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2010