Yarlung Records - 10th Anniversary Vol. 2 (2015)

Bach, Isaac, Ligeti, Mahler

Petteri Iivonen, Ciaramella Ensemble, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet, Frederic Rosselet, The Colburn Orchestra, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson

Gerard Schwarz, Jeffrey Kahane

Note from Bob Attiyeh:
"An anniversary as important as our tenth offers us a moment to reflect on this past decade and our struggles and successes.  We realize more than anything that it is the quality of the music and the talent of Yarlung’s musicians that have enabled Yarlung to thrive.  We want the audio presentation to be like a clean window, which does not distract from the beautiful “view” on the other side.  An example of this was Antonio Lysy at The Broad: Music from Argentina, which won our first GRAMMY Award and was ranked in The Absolute Sound as one of the 40 Best recordings of all time.  If you haven’t heard it yet, take a listen to Graciela, track 3 in volume 3, which includes the same music as on our vinyl pressing of Te Amo, Argentina.  Or check out two tracks that have become audiophile test recordings, with all the bells and whistles that people like to use to audition equipment at audio shows.  One is Diego Schissi’s Juego de Relojes in volume 1 and another is JJ Kirkpatrick’s improvisation on Strange Fruit in volume 3. The NativeDSD community is our musical family and we make these DSD recordings for you. Chime in and let us know how this music sounds on your system. Thanks for your support during Yarlung’s first decade! We look forward to the future."

Yarlung Records was born in 2005, with an auspicious release for Australian pianist David Fung. Thanks to David’s talent and
the success of the musicians with whom we have collaborated over the past 10 years, Yarlung Records has thrived. Thanks also
to important guidance from leaders in the music industry, generous board members and visionary executive producers, Yarlung
has survived and grown. We were told we couldn’t do it, that record labels were dead, that few people paid for music anymore
and that MP3s and earbuds had deafened people to recorded music’s subtle details. While it is true that young people spend
more of their discretionary money on interactive computer games today rather than on 78s, LPs, CDs and downloads, as prior
generations have done, connoisseurs remain steadfast in their support of the recording arts. When they learn about Yarlung’s
mission, more people responded enthusiastically than with discouragement. Executive producer Ann Mulally supported our
first nonprofit album, a debut recording with the young American pianist Orion Weiss, and it is through her generous support, friendship and engagement that we bring you this 10th Anniversary album. Many thanks, Ann. Please join our musicians as we blow out the ten candles on this birthday cake. We will make ardent wishes for the next decade.

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Petteri Iivonen

Petteri Iivonen was born in 1987, and began to study the violin at the Helsinki Conservatory when he was four years old. Petteri also studied the piano as a student and remains an accomplished pianist. Petteri won the Erkki Melartin chamber music competition when he was fifteen: Petteri’s nuanced talent as a musical collaborator (as a partner who listens) remains easy to hear even in his violin solo and concerto repertoire. Since 1997, Petteri’s principal teachers have been Tuomas Haapanen and Hagai Shaham. Petteri continues to study despite his increasingly busy concert schedule of solo recitals and concertos in the United States, Germany, Belgium, Finland, the Netherlands, Israel, Portugal, Spain and Italy. Iivonen has performed with Paul Neubauer and David Grossman of the New York Philharmonic, and raised money for the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a special Choral room benefit at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Petteri was invited to perform with pianist Ryan MacEvoy McCullough to open The Broad Stage in Santa Monica in 2008. Last year Iivonen performed the Tchaikovsky violin concerto under the baton of Zubin Mehta, and based on this performance was immediately invited to play the gala opening night concert with the Israel Philharmonic with whom Petteri performed the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1. As I write these notes, Petteri is preparing for a South American tour with Zubin Mehta and is scheduled for more concerto performances with major orchestras in Europe, especially the Tchaikovsky, Bloch and Sibelius concertos for which Petteri has become famous. Immediately after playing in South America, Petteri flies to Los Angeles to join Kevin Fitz-Gerald for a private concert and dinner in the home of Ann Moore Mulally to celebrate the release of this album. While much of Petteri’s playing is exceptionally beautiful, he never tries to make the sound "pretty," I have heard very few violinist’s with Petteri’s ability to control color and timbre, and even fewer who use this ability for such musical and appropriate ends. For our recording Petteri plays a Ferdinandus Gagliano violin, built in 1767, kindly loaned to him by OKO Bank Art Foundation. Kevin plays New York Steinway serial number 567908.

Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet

A traditional quartet rooted in the sounds, styles and history of jazz, Sophisticated Lady brings a fresh approach to this music. With a mix of original compositions and new interpretations of classic repertoire this quartet has a sound and aesthetic that is both familiar and new. Sophisticated Lady formed when the musicians met during their graduate studies at USC. Fortuitously so, as it led them to embark upon a creative recording session with the arts/audiophile label Yarlung Records at USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute in its new Camilleri Hall. The session was a throwback to yesteryear minimalist recording techniques with the advantages of modern technology and yielded enough repertoire for two upcoming releases (Fall 2014 & 2015).

The members of Sophisticated Lady have shared the stage and studio locally and around the globe with such notable artists as The Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, Wynton Marsalis, Jane Monheit, Walter Smith, Bobby Sanabria, Dave Liebman, Kenny Wheeler, Stefon Harris, Monica Mancini, Stevie Wonder, Take 6, John Williams, John Hendricks, Bob Mintzer, Regina Carter, Chick Corea, Alan Pasqua, Plas Johnson, Diana Krall, The Coasters, Fitz and The Tantrums, Henry Mancini Big Band and many more!

Frederic Rosselet

Frédéric plays subtly and athletically.  He is not a showy performer, but his technical prowess rivals the great virtuosi.  He uses this skill tastefully and reservedly.  It makes sense that Frédéric plays with physical ease; he is an athlete himself.  Frédéric was born in Lausanne in 1988 and he describes himself as a “passionate skier.”  Indeed Frédéric skied every weekend in the winter when he was growing up, and his parents taught him to ski when he was two years old. 

The Colburn Orchestra

Celebrating its tenth anniversary season in 2012-2013, the COLBURN ORCHESTRA is the flagship ensemble of the Colburn Conservatory of Music. Under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Yehuda Gilad, the Colburn Orchestra performs for Southern California audiences at venues such as Walt Disney Concert Hall, Ambassador Auditorium, Royce Hall, Segerstrom Concert Hall and the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge.

Since its inception, Gilad and the esteemed faculty at Colburn have invited leading guest artists to perform with the Colburn Orchestra to mirror a professional orchestral experience. Previous visiting conductors include James Conlon, Jamie Laredo, Sir Neville Marriner, Kurt Masur, Nicolas McGegan, and Esa-Pekka Salonen, among others. Guest soloists include violinists Joshua Bell, Cho-Liang Lin, Elmar Oliveira and Pinchas Zukerman (play/conduct); soprano Elizabeth Hynes; mezzo-sopranos Sasha Cooke and Michelle DeYoung; pianist Vladimir Feltsman and saxophonist Claude Delangle. Esteemed artists such as Mstislav Rostropovich and Itzhak Perlman actively worked with the orchestra during its inaugural year.


Gerard Schwarz

This is Gerard Schwarz at the top of his game, conducting music close to Jerry’s heart.   Maestro Schwarz served long tenures as music director for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and later the Seattle Symphony, and made over 100 recordings with those orchestras. 

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Yarlung Records - 10th Anniversary Vol. 2 (2015)

Bach, Isaac, Ligeti, Mahler

Petteri Iivonen, Ciaramella Ensemble, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet, Frederic Rosselet, The Colburn Orchestra, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson

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