The Cello's Russian Voice (2009)

GLINKA, Tchaikovsky, RACHMANINOFF

DMITRY FERSCHTMAN, MILA BASLAWSKAJA

In our youth, music and poetry were the lifeblood of our Soviet upbringing. They provided colour and meaning to the drab existence of many Russians. Together with the breathtaking Russian countryside, they became almost like a religion in the atheist Soviet Union.“If a musician is a true artist, his experience of the music of poetry is just as acute as that of the poetry of music”. These words of the great Russian pianist and teacher Heinrich Neuhaus became our motto. As classically- trained musicians, we were not only fascinated by Russian classical music but also by Russian classical poetry. Nowhere are these two high art forms so interwoven as in the Russian Art Song.
The poems by Pushkin, Tiutchev, A. Tolstoy and others inspired the great 19th century composers to create the beautiful songs which are firmly embedded in the collective psyche of every Russian.
After years of living abroad, we started to miss this music – the music which made us who we are. We began to listen to it with increased intensity, with “different ears”, as it now sounded so distant yet so familiar. We found ourselves falling in love again with the “romances” – the music of the “Russian Soul” which comes through most naturally in this genre, with all its heartache and emotional turmoil.
After (listening to them for) some time, we felt compelled to perform this music. As instrumentalists, we are forever envious of singers. They can bring the symbiosis of music and poetry to the fore through the most subtle and powerful of all instruments - the human voice. We thought an arrangement of Romances for cello and piano might be successful because the cello, of all instruments, comes closest to the human voice.
Besides, we realised that poetry needs a translation, unless the listener understands the language in which the lyrics are written, while music is the original, universal language. The music of these romances is inspired by poetry, but in the end the words dissolve into the melody and the music speaks for itself.
This is how the idea of this project came about. First (was) came!!! the arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s setting of the A. Tolstoy’s poem “Then in the early Spring”, which for (the two of) us symbolised the time when we first met as teenagers.
Dmitry Ferschtman and Mila Baslawskaja

 

 

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DMITRY FERSCHTMAN

He began his musical training when he was very young at the Central Music School in Moscow and in 1964 at the Moscow Conservatory with Galina Kozoloepova and Natalia Gutman . In his second year at the academy he founded (including the violistMisha Geller ) the Glinka String Quartet , in which he played from 1966 to 1978 and that he gave hundreds of concerts in theSoviet Union and beyond. He also performed as a soloist. The quartet has won the first prize at an international string quartet competition in Liege , Belgium in 1969 . From 1969 to 1973 Ferschtman was professor of chamber music at the Moscow Conservatory .
In 1978 Ferschtman emigrated with his wife, the pianist Mila Baslawskaja from the Soviet Union to the Netherlands, where a year later their daughter, violinist Liza Ferschtman, was born.
In the Netherlands, he built a new career. He played as a soloist with most conductors such as Frans Brüggen , Kenneth Montgomery , Edo de Waart . He is also active in various chamber ensembles . So he, again with Misha Geller, a new Glinka Quartet. He forms a duo with his wife Mila Baslawskaja, with whom he includes works byMyaskovsky , Schnittke , Shostakovich , Debussy and Franck recorded. With the pianist Ronald Brautigam took works by Prokofiev in which 10 got a CD in the music magazine Look .
Dmitri Ferschtman is professor of cello at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and the Amsterdam Conservatory . He is also a frequent guest at international festivals and gives master classes in Germany , France and Japan . He was a lecturer at the Holland Music Sessions from 1993. His pupils include others Pepijn Meeuws , Maarten MostertVincent de Kort , Doris Hochscheid , Larissa Groeneveld , Quirine and Wouter my managers .
Ferschtman plays on a cello built by Daniel Roye 2004.

MILA BASLAWSKAJA

Baslawskaja was born in Moscow and studied at the Central Music and Conservatory of Moscow . At a young age she gave many recitals in Russia . They also played with other musicians such as Natalia Gutman , Oleg Kagan , Gidon Kremer and Yuri Basjmet . In 1978 she left with her ??husband, the cellist Dmitri Ferschtman their children and the former Soviet Union and went in Netherlands live. Together with him, she performed in various countries. With Ferschtman she took works of Nikolai Myaskovsky , Alfred Schnittke , Shostakovich , Debussy , and César Franck on. Baslawskaja is currently majoring teacher piano and chamber music at the Rotterdam Conservatory and theConservatory of Amsterdam .Mila's daughter is the violinist Liza Ferschtman .

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The Cello's Russian Voice (2009)

GLINKA, Tchaikovsky, RACHMANINOFF

DMITRY FERSCHTMAN, MILA BASLAWSKAJA

Digital Converters: dcs 904AD/905 DA
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Mastering Equipment: KEF Reference series 107
Microphones: B&K 4003, modified by Rens Heijnis
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Recording location: Westvest90 Church, Schiedam, Holland
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I REMEMBER THAT MAGICAL MOMENT
GLINKA
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THE LARK
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MY BLOOD IS BOILING WITH DESIRE
GLINKA
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DO NOT TEMPT ME
GLINKA
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DOUBT
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IN THE BALLROOM
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ONLY ONE WHO KNOWS LONGING
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SERENADE
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THE FEARFUL MINUTE
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IT WAS IN THE EARLY SPRING
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WHETHER DAY DAWNS
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WHY?
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TO FORGET SO SOON
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AGAIN, AS BEFORE
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IN THE SILENCE OF THE MYSTERIOUS NIGHT
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DO NOT SING, MY BEAUTY, TO ME
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HOW PEACEFUL
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LONELINESS
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THE NIGHT IS SAD
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TO MY SORROW I HAVE GROWN TO LOVE
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LILACS
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SPRING STREAMS
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