Vierne / Koechlin
Pantillon / Chisson / Atschba / Adensamer / Znamensky
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The thunder of the guns and the stench of death can be sensed in many compositions, especially in the quintet by Louis Vierne, which he wrote in memory of his son, who was executed by firing squad together with other mutineers in 1917, but was officially reported as killed in action on 11 November! This moving work of a father's love, resentfully expressing his rebellion against the savagery of the guns, is the climax in the composer's oeuvre, whose genius went far beyond organ music.
Jean-Claude Crespy (Cultural Attaché at the French Embassy in Austria)
With the album 1914, the French Cultural Institute is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War in co-operation with Gramola. Many works of the war years testify to the suffering and the power of destruction, such as the Quintet for Piano and String Quartet in C minor op. 42 (1917/18) by Louis Vierne, which he wrote in memory of his murdered son. In addition, the album also contains compositions apparently unaffected by the horrors of the time, like the Preludes for Piano op. 38 (1914/15) by Vierne or the Sonata for Violin and Piano op. 64 (1915/16) by Charles Koechlin, which is kept entirely in the Impressionist manner. You can hear Louise Chisson, violin, and Tamara Atschba, piano, as well as Matthias Adensamer, Alexander Znamensky and Christophe Pantillon with a musical commemoration of the year 1914.
Born in Bordeaux, Louise Chisson started to play the violin at the age of three with Robert Papavrami and studied with him until the age of seventeen. Then, she was accepted into the class of the great violinist Dora Schwarzberg at the University of Music in Vienna where she got her Master degree unanimously with distinction.
Louise Chisson has been on the stage from an early age and, among others, has played with the following orchestras: Solistes Moscou-Montpellier, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, l'Orchestre d'Auvergne, l'Orchestre de Chambre de Toulouse, the Salzburg Chamber Philharmonic and the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Her musical activities have brought her to the attention of and co-operation with prestigious musicians such as Isaac Stern, Maya Glesarova, Tedi Papavrami, Augustin Dumay, Wolfgang Marschner and Ana Chumachenco. Since 2013 she is the first violin of the Ensemble Lux, a string quartet primarily dedicated to the performance and promotion of contemporary chamber music.
From an early age, the Georgian pianist Tamara Atschba showed great skill on the piano. She studied first with Lia Nikabadze and then in the classes of Ediko Rusishvili and Lali Bakradze at the Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire. She started performing abroad after winning numerous awards and competitions. Described by critics as an 'incomparable and inspired pianist', she performs throughout Europe, the USA, Israel, Japan, Mexico, and takes part in many international festivals.
She has worked for many years with the renowned violinists Dora Schwarzberg and Alban Berg Quartet's first violinist, Günter Pichler. Her strong musical personality and the individuality of her sound have been noticed and appreciated by numerous celebrated artists such as Yehudi Menuhin, Ruggiero Ricci, Wolfgang Marschner, Zubin Mehta, Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Maxim Vengerov.
Matthias Adensamer was born in Vienna. Studies of solo violin and chamber music in Vienna, study sojourns in Salzburg, Madrid and Moscow, studies with the Altenberg Trio, the Amadeus, the Tokyo, the Hagen and the Borodin Quartets, successful participation in international competitions with the Drach and the Metropolis Quartets, concert tours through Europe and abroad, new foundation of the workers' concerts in Viennese municipal flats, management activities in the fields of label and concert organization, since 2007 holding the position of second violin in the Vienna-based Razumovsky Quartet.
Alexander Znamensky, who was born in Moscow in 1979, studied the viola and chamber music at the Central Music School of Moscow Conservatoire. Then, from 1997 to 2005, he studied viola performance with Prof. Thomas Riebl and Prof. Veronika Hagen at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and the special subject of chamber music with the Altenberg Trio in Vienna.
Since 2003, he has worked in Vienna, founded the Razumovsky Quartet with his colleague Matthias Adensamer and is Vice-president of the Razumovsky Society for Art and Culture. He sings and conducts in St. Nicholas' Russian-Orthodox Church in Vienna and is also a singer in the Arnold Schoenberg Choir. In 2010, he began regular studies in conducting with Prof. Uros Lajovic und Prof. Simeon Pikonkoff at the Vienna University of Music. In 2013, he founded the Viennese Polyphonic, a European integration orchestra.
The cellist Christophe Pantillon, born in Neuchâtel, received his first cello lessons in his home town and in Bern. He then continued his cello studies with Heinrich Schiff at the Music Academy in Basel. Further studies with Valentin Erben (Alban Berg Quartet) at the Academy of Music in Vienna and with Ralph Kirshbaum at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester as well as master classes, including with Mischa Maisky in Siena, rounded off his training.
Since his early youth, Christophe Pantillon has devoted himself to chamber music. Since 1992, he has lived in Vienna, where he co-founded the aron Quartet in 1998. He is a cello soloist of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, a member of the Leschetizky Trio and regularly appears in a duo with his wife, the violinist Klara Flieder. Appearances as a soloist or as a member of different chamber music ensembles with Philippe Entremont, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Oleg Maisenberg, Bruno Canino, Marcello Viotti, Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Roger Norrington, Peter Schreier, Thomas Quasthoff, the members of the Alban Berg Quartet and the Chilingirian Quartet have taken Christophe Pantillon throughout Europe, to Russia, Japan and South America.