Exceptional Cello & Piano Duo Music by 4 Female Composers
Upheaval is an exceptional project in several aspects. First, it presents four compositions for cello and piano written by female composers from the ﬁrst part of the 20th century, challenging the cultural norms of the day and secondly, the title “Upheaval”, also refers to the tumultuous period around the First World War.
The works featured on this recording – Henriëtta Bosmansʼ Sonata for Cello and Piano (1919), Dora Pejačevićʼs Sonata for Cello and Piano (1913), Nadia Boulangerʼs Trois pièces (1914), and Lili Boulangerʼs Nocturne (1911) – were all written over an eight-year period in France, the Netherlands, and Croatia.
The artists, the husband-and-wife cello/piano duo of Janne Fredens (cello) and Søren Rastogi (piano) approach this program with a sense of profound commitment and mission, recognizing that there performances of such unfamiliar repertoire may well serve as a benchmark for future artists. Both are active soloists and teach at the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus.
The chosen instrument for the recording is the Bechstein Grand Piano to match the beautiful tone of Janneʼs cello, and to give an impression of the period’s piano sound. This is a highly recommended recording for fans of unfamiliar chamber music and advocates for women composers to hear glorious music played by great musicians with passion and commitment.
Janne Fredens, Cello
Søren Rastogi, Piano
TracklistPlease note that the below previews are loaded as 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.
Total time: 01:00:40
3 x DPA 4006-TL (deccatree) 2 x Neumann u89 + DPA 4011 (cello) 2 x AKG 414 (piano) 2 x Neumann KM184 (surround)
|Mix/Mastering Engineer & Producer
B&W Nautilus Diamond
|Original Recording Format
Musikhuset, Aarhus, June 24-27th, 2023
|January 19, 2024
Despite the qualities of both the composers and the pieces, it is a little-known repertoire that is highlighted here in highly successful interpretations. The husband and wife artist couple Janne Fredens and Søren Rastogi devote their full attention to this recording. (…) With a young cello and a Bechstein Concert Grand, they use instruments that allow intense moments of sound, but above all subtleties of design in the expressive passages. Many nuances in the interpretations make these recordings a very attractive compilation.
Together with the image-rich but also textually informative booklet and the not too voluminous, otherwise well-coordinated sound technology, this is a recommendable album that enables discoveries and presents the two sonatas together for the first time.
The performance by Janne Fredens and Søren Rastogi, darkly coloured and assertive in spirit, serves as a revealing alternative to the more brightly coloured and light-fingered recording by Christian Poltéra and Oliver Triendl. Both make stronger impressions than does the unsteady reading by Israel Fausto and Carmen Martínez Pierret. The Cello Sonata by Pejačević’s contemporary Henriëtte Bosmans (1895-1952) makes an ideal complement. (…) the short pieces by Lili and Nadia Boulanger seem like chestnuts – but they’re exquisite chestnuts, compellingly presented. The engineering, especially as heard on the SACD surround tracks, is first-rate. Strongly recommended.
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