Shalygin - Canti d'inizio e fine (Songs of Beginnings and Ends) (2019)

Shalygin

Maya Fridman

Cellist Maya Fridman returns to the NativeDSD Music store with Shalygin - Canti d'inizioe fine (Songs of Beginnings and Ends), her 5th DSD album.  You will find it at the NativeDSD Music store in Stereo and Multichannel DSD 256, DSD 128, DSD 64, and DXD.

Canti d’inizio e fine – for a solo performer who can feel, play, sing, scream, moan, swear, breathe, squeal, whisper, bleat, hiss, dream…

Rend your clothes, you all, sprinkle your head with ashes,
run through the streets and dance in madness.
– Rabbi Jakub Szulman in a letter, January 1942

For over ten years, Shalygin has been occupied with a project for a lifetime: music for solo instruments, since the most concealed, intimate and deep things can only be expressed by a single instrument. One musician on the stage, who plays not just for the audience, but more for himself, akin to a person praying. In each of his solo works, Shalygin reaches an exalted state, giving the instrument a special voice.

For this kind of musical work, the composer always looks forward to meeting a true artist. Someone who with unique technical skills, possession of a wide scale of emotional palette, stoic work ethics, and most of all, someone ready to be challenged. The talent of Maya Fridman includes all of that and even more. She has a huge potential to implement these new concepts. She belongs to a class of performers who were born to pave the way for new music.

The piece consists of six songs and an epilogue, “Todesfuge” on the poem by Paul Celan. Each part represents an imaginary folder in the Holocaust victims, and is assigned to one out of six Angels of Death: Gabriel, Samael, Kapziel, Azrael, Abaddon, and Michael. The last poem combines mysteriously compelling imagery with rhythmic variations and structural patterns that are both elusive and pronounced. At the same time it has been regarded as a masterful description of horror and death in a concentration camp.

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Maya Fridman

Born on November 7th, 1989 in Moscow, Russia, Maya Fridman is a talented young cellist residing in The Netherlands.

From her early years of playing the cello, Maya was recognized as a prodigy and was taken under the hood of the Foundation of Yuri Bashmet, where she took part in TV and radio programs. While studying at the Moscow State College of Music named after Alfred Schnittke, she was awarded as the First Prize Winner in the International Festival of Slavic Music among many other reputable awards.

In 2010, Maya has been granted admission at the Conservatory of Amsterdam where she studied under Dmity Ferschtman. Here, on the 10th of June, 2016, she successfully finished her Master’s Degree with honours.

During these six years of studying, Maya has participated in several masterclasses and has worked with artists such as David Geringas, Pieter Wispelwey, Gary Hoffman, Frances-Marie Uitti, Anner Bylsma, Ernst Reijseger, and many more.

For the last five years, Maya has been performing regularly in The Netherlands and Germany. Her projects include a successful collaboration with singer- songwriter Jyoti Verhoeff. In December 2013, Jyoti and Maya became finalists of the Grote Prijs van Nederland, where Maya was awarded the Best Musician of 2013 Prize.

She has also accompanied legendary guitar virtuoso Harry Sacksioni on his Jubileum tour and joined bands such as Faun and Cesair as a special guest.

Furthermore, Maya performs together with Aengus Hackett and Mauricio Ramirez under the name of Dinosaur Trio. Dinosaur plays a variety of rock, jazz and improvised music and has toured trough Ireland in the summer of 2014.

In 2015 she released her debut album The Invisible Link which she recorded together with Daniël Kool and released under TRPTK.

Her next album will feature her own arrangement of Prokofiev’s opera The Fiery Angel for cello and piano, on which she worked together with pianist Artem Belogurov. Her arrangement received an acknowledgement during her graduation exam and was nominated for the Amsterdam University of the Arts Graduation Prize 2016 as best work.

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Shalygin - Canti d'inizio e fine (Songs of Beginnings and Ends) (2019)

Shalygin

Maya Fridman

    Opus Klassiek

I have to, no must be, very short about the execution because Shalygin has literally written the work on Fridman's body and that - how could it be otherwise - she is the ideal interpreter of it, no must be. This is not only the result of the collaboration between composer and cellist that has already been mentioned, but also with the cello sound of Fridman and her way of playing in the composer's mind. On top of that, Brendon Heinst has provided the best possible gear in his studio with all the latest gadgets for a great recording. Guaranteed, his life partner plays 'just' in the room with you, and of course under the approving eye and ear of Maxim Shalygin who, I must add, has delivered a sublime composition that seems to contain more layers than this special musician at all can display. Which also means that you have to give your imagination plenty of opportunity and that listening to it several times is really not enough to fully fathom this opus with its deep abysses.

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Shalygin - Canti d'inizio e fine (Songs of Beginnings and Ends) (2019)

Shalygin

Maya Fridman

Amplifier: Hegel H30
Cables: Furutech NanoFlux NCF power cables, LineFlux XLR cables, and FS-a36 Speaker Cable
Digital Converters: Hapi, Merging Technologies
Editing Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Mastering Engineer: Brendon Heinst
Mastering Room: Dutch & Dutch
Microphones: Sonodore
Producer: Brendon Heinst
Recording Engineer: Brendon Heinst
Recording Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD
Speakers: KEF Blade Two

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Canto Primo - Gabriel
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Canto Secundo - Samael
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Canto Terzo - Kapziel
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Canto Quarto - Azrael
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Canto Quinto - Abaddon
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Canto Sesto - Michael
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Epilogo - Todesfuge
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