Israel Chamber Orch. / Korstick / Sieghart / Irnberger
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'Art is communication. The absolute originality of language is the enemy of communication.' This is how the Austro-Hungarian composer Ivan Eröd described his reasons for returning from free dodecaphony to tonality, melody and form in 1968. 'Language is consensus. The musical language is so, too'.
The works the Salzburg violinist Thomas Albertus Irnberger combines on this recording - the Violin Concerto op. 15, the two Sonatas for Violin and Piano op. 14 and op. 74 as well as the Three Pieces for Violin Solo op. 27 - are consequently characterized by an immediately comprehensible musical diction and a mainly cheerful and entertaining nature. In conjunction with the Israel Chamber Orchestra conducted by Martin Sieghart and with Michael Korstick on the piano, Irnberger finds the musical means to allow the listener to communicate with Ivan Eröd.
Thomas Albertus Irnberger
Thomas Albertus Irnberger, born in Salzburg, began violin lessons at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, moved to Prof. Josef Sabaini in Linz and was taught by Ivry Gitlis in Paris. Further teachers included Mauricio Fuks, Yair Kless, Alberto Lysy, Igor Oistrach, Dmitry Sitkovetsky and Grigory Zhislin. Many awards, performances at international festivals and co-operations and recordings with musicians such as Jörg Demus, Evgueni Sinaiski or Paul Badura-Skoda as well as with the Israel Chamber Orchestra conducted by Roberto Paternostro and the orchestra 'Spirit of Europe' under its principal conductor Martin Sieghart stress the young Salzburger's musical skills.
Israel Chamber Orchestra
The Israel Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1965 by Gary Bertini who served as its Artistic Director and conductor for 10 years. Subsequent Artistic Directors were: Luciano Berio, Rudolph Barshai, Uri Segal, Yoav Talmi, Shlomo Mintz, Philippe Entremont, Salvador Mas Conde, Noam Sheriff, Gil Shohat and Roberto Paternosto. In 2013 the orchestra appointed Yoav Talmi as Music Director of the ICO. The ICO's repertoire ranges from early baroque to contemporary music. The Orchestra pays utmost importance to attracting the young generation. Its "Family Series" have been enthusiastically acclaimed by young audiences and professional music critics alike. CD recordings have been released with Chandos, Musicmasters, Koch, Teldec and Gramola.
Martin Sieghart grew up in Vienna's musical tradition and was trained on the piano, the cello and the organ. After many years as the cello soloist of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, he began his career as a conductor. His first conducting position was at the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, then followed Linz (Opera and Bruckner Orchestra) in 1992 and from 2003 to 2009 he was principal conductor of the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also co-operated with the Residentieorkest in The Hague, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra in Moscow, the Philharmonia in London, the RSO Berlin, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Rai Rome, RSO Vienna, the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg and WDR Cologne. CD recordings have been made for Octavia Tokyo, Gramola and Camerata. Besides a professorship for conducting at the Art University in Graz, Sieghart is the founder and long-standing artistic director of the Opera Festival 'Mozart in Reinsberg' and co-producer of the Gmunden Festival.
Michael Korstick was born in Cologne. He received his first piano lessons at the age of 9 and later studied with Jürgen Tröster in Cologne and with Hans Leygraf in Hanover. He attended the master class held by Tatjana Nikolaieva in Moscow and completed his studies with Sascha Gorodnitzki at the Juilliard School in 1983. In subsequent years, Korstick has been awarded prizes and honours, including at the Beethoven Competition in Vienna, the Reina Sofia Competition in Madrid, the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the International Music Competition in Montréal. In 1992, he conducted the Chilean premiere of the Piano Concerto by Samuel Barber. Further concerts and tours have taken him to Mexico, Korea, Andalusia and Morocco. On the occasion of the festivities for Claudio Arrau's 100th birthday, he performed a Beethoven cycle in Santiago de Chile in 2003. For his CD recordings, which have received excellent reviews in music magazines and journals, he has been awarded the 'Echo Klassik Prize', the Prize of German Record Critics several times and the MIDEM Classical Award.