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STERN des MONATS

(Star of the month)

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Radio Broadcasts

BBC Radio Scotland - Album of the week

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by Stephen Broad

Westdeutscher Rundfunk (West German Broadcasting)

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Belgischer Rundfunk (Belgian Broadcasting)

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 Die Geigerin Louise Chisson und ihre Klavierpartnerin Tamara Atschba haben eine höchst abwechslungsreiche CD aufgenommen mit Werken von vier Komponistinnen des 20. Jahrhunderts.

Chisson und Atschba entfalten die sehr unterschiedlichen Temperamente, die sich in diesen Musiken der vier Komponistinnen zeigen, so eindringlich wie bedachtsam.

                                                                                                                - Harald Eggebrecht

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The American composer Roy Harris said of Galina Ustvolksaya’s sonata that it was kind of ugly. And the Fourth Sonata by Grazyna Bacewicz can be heard as rising impulsively into a frenzy. Jennifer Higdon’s Five Poetic Pieces, while poetic by title, are also considerably more brittle. Along with jags, machine chugging, and frantic labyrinthine, there are also mysterious mists. Before these works, which are demanding to hear, the two interpreters have placed the two miniatures by Nadia Boulanger, which in retrospect are almost relaxed, rather impressionistically shimmering, but they have also given them a good portion of expressiveness.


It may perhaps be taken as the strongest impression from the overall view that the two interpreters, violinist Louise Chisson and her piano partner Tamara Atschba, present on this varied CD a strong expressive view of four works of a century of gender comrades. In doing so, they deftly highlight interpretive and creative differences, allowing each work to reflect its due character. One really cannot accuse the interpreters of having hidden their creative will and its technically intensively realized realization. Rather, they keep the listeners spellbound with their demanding playing until the very last note.

                                                                                                                                                          - Uwe Krusch

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"Their performance of Bacewicz's Violin Sonata No. 4 here is really splendid.

  A remarkable journey, with excellent playing from both musicians and first-class sound."

                                                                                                                        -  Lynn René Bayley

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"These are exceptionally well-crafted works given exceptionally fine performances."

                                                                                                    - Ralph Graves

   https://www.charlottesvilleclassical.org/posts/20th-century-feminine-100-good

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"The perfectly harmonious ladies duo has succeeded in creating an album that is as outstanding as it is important."

                                                                                                                - Burkhard Schäfer

  https://www.xn--klassikhren-yfb.de/review#twentcentury

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"20th century feminine" spannt weite Bögen von Frankreich nach Russland, von Romantik zu Moderne und von lyrischen Klängen zu aggressivem Aufbegehren. Elisabeth Richter ist begeistert von Brillanz, Spannung und Kontrasten.

"Louise Chisson und Tamara Atschba sind ein exzellent harmonierendes Duo. Ihr Zusammenspiel balancieren sie perfekt. Artikulation, Phrasierung, Farben und Spannungsaufbau sind genau überlegt, strukturelle Zusammenhänge beleuchtet. Durch die Wahl der Stücke dieses Albums und ihre kluge dramaturgisch kurzweilige Abfolge werden auch die kompositorischen Entwicklungen im 20. Jahrhundert nachvollziehbar."