Monday, March 23, 2009

Episode 076 - feat. George Hrab, Jani Lang, Vaughan Jones & Reiad Chibah, House of Cosy Cushions

George Hrab - "How Do You Do"
Jani Lang - "Strathspey Din Bucuresti"
Vaughan Jones and Reiad Chibah - Duo Concertant in C minor Op 4, Mvt 2
House of Cosy Cushions - "Good Old Love"

Hosted by François Génolini

Here are the featured artists in this episode:

Artist: George Hrab
Song: "How Do You do?"
Album: "Coelacanth", 2004
Violin: Orlando Wells, Philip Payton, Viola: Jeffrey Ellenberger, Cello: David Gotay

You can learn more about this song and listen to a guitar arrangement on

Artist: Jani Lang
Set: "Strathspey Din Bucuresti"
Album: "Devil in a Box", 2008

Jani Lang wrote: "I named this set Strathspey din Bucuresti, because we arranged the accompaniment of the first Scottish tune in a very typical Romanian style called hora."

Artist: Vaughan Jones and Reiad Chibah,
Piece from: "Duo Concertant in C minor Op 4 Mvt 2" by Allessandro Rolla "Adagio Ma Non Troppo"
Album: "Spohr, Rolla, Kalliwoda - Works For Violin And Viola", 2008

Vaughan Jones wrote: "Alessandro Rolla was born in Pavia on April 6th, 1757 – he soon revealed himself as an accomplished violinist and viola player and had a successful orchestral career as the principle Violist and then leader of the orchestra in Parma. In 1803, he was appointed conductor of the La Scala orchestra in Milan where he premiered works by Rossini and many other composers. Rolla wrote well over 70 works for the ‘Violin / Viola Duo’ combination – believing that both instruments should be treated as equals and that if the musical ideas in a composition were strong enough, a work could be reduced to just two instruments without any loss of impact. The piece on this disc (his Duo in C minor) – is quite an early work and allows both instruments bursts of intricate passagework.

"We recorded this disc last year having discovered each piece whilst preparing for recitals – as far as we can ascertain, this is the first time this piece by Rolla has been recorded and we’re currently exploring and performing more of his duos. In 2009, we plan to record another disc for string quartet which will feature two quartets by violinist / composer Louis Spohr, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of his death."

Artist: House of Cosy Cushions
Song: "Good Old Love"
Violin: Cora Venus Lunny ( Written by: Richard Bolhuis
Their new album "animal dream" should be available on iTunes soon.

François Génolini
Aberdeen, Scotland, for Bowed Radio

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