Brotons, Handel & Tchaikovsky (2016)

Brotons, Handel, Tchaikovsky

Cammerata

Joaquin Riquelme

Founded in 2009, Cammerata bring us for their debut album an exploration of the string orchestra repertoire, in a path from the 18th century to the present day, joined by viola soloist Joaquín Riquelme -member of the Berlin Phiharmonic- in the first recording of Salvador Brotons's Concerto op. 106.
Händel's Concerto grosso op. 6/12 and Tchaikovsky's masterpiece Serenade op. 48 are also included in this stunning album, passionately performed by this young generation of Spanish musicians.



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Cammerata

Cammerata is one of the best-known Spanish chamber ensembles, both nationally and internationally. Its philosophy revolves around ensuring that its audiences enjoy to the utmost every performance it gives. The ensemble’s stylistic rigour, the eloquent beauty of its sound and the elegance and energy with which it stages its performances all help create a rewarding and fully-rounded artistic experience. 

The Cammerata’s members also play in such leading ensembles as the Spanish National Orchestra (ONE) and National Youth Orchestra (JONDE), Valencia’s Palau de Les Arts Orchestra, the Castile and León Symphony Orchestra, Barcelona’s Teatre del Liceu Orchestra, the Cadaqués Orchestra and Murcia Symphony and Youth Orchestras, as well as the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands (NJO), Balthasar–Neumann Ensemble, Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and the Iberoamerican Youth Orchestra. 

The players’ musical experience is also enriched by their participation as soloists in recitals and concerts across Europe, the Americas and Asia, at such leading venues as New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Berlin’s Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, Cologne’s Philharmonie, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and the Simón Bolívar Hall in Caracas, as well as other concert halls in Paris, Vienna, Chicago, Beijing, London Bratislava, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Murcia, among others. 

By bringing to its artistic planning a strategic focus, an innovative perspective and a commitment to excellence, Cammerata hopes to create something of cultural and educational benefit to society.

Joaquin Riquelme

Joaquín Riquelme

Born in Murcia in 1983, he began his studies at the Conservatory of Murcia with Pedro Navarro, and Antonio J. Clares. He studied his Diplom in the Real Conservatorio Superior de Madrid (RCSMM) with Emilio Mateu and Alan Kovacs, finishing with honors. He continued his Konzertexam studies in Berlin UdK with Professor Hartmut Rohde, finishing in 2010.

He took masterclasses with Hartmut Rohde, Ashan Pillai, Jesse Levine, Nobuko Imai, Jean Sulem, …

Since February 2010 is a full member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he has performed concerts in the best Halls and Festivals around the world, performing under the baton of conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Claudio Abbado and Mariss Jansons among others. Previously, he was Solo assistant of the Orquestra Ciutat de Barcelona y Nacional de Catalunya.

He won First prizes in several competitions such as the Villa de Llanes, Tomás Lestán, International Festival of Youth Orchestras of Murcia, Ibercaja Scholarship, Escuela de Música de Barcelona, etc. He has also been a finalist for the Juventudes Musicales Spain.

Joaquín Riquelme has performed as soloist with orchestras such as UdK Orchester, Baden-Baden Philharmonie, Orchestra of the Principado de Asturias, Orquesta Sinfónica de la Región of Murcia, Simfónica del Vallés, Banda Sinfónica RCSMM, …, and has made recordings for RNE, Catalunya Radio and Naxos. He has given recitals throughout Spain, Germany, Pablo Casals Festival Prades, Festival In Crescendo Berlin, etc.

As an active chamber music player, he has performed with several ensembles like Ensemble Berlin, Philharmonisches Oktett, Landsberg Sommerakademie, taking part in chamber music festivals like Schwetzingen Festival, Musique a l´Emperi ( Salon du Provence), Traunstein Festival, Hohenstaufen, performing with musicians like Emmanuel Pahud, Jörg Widmann, Christian Zacharias and Hartmut Rohde among others, and playing in concert halls like Herkulesaal Munich, Konzerthaus Viena, Philharmonie Berlin, etc.

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Brotons, Handel & Tchaikovsky (2016)

Brotons, Handel, Tchaikovsky

Cammerata

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"The rapid growth of Spain's new recording company Eudora offers a delightful concert by Cammerata. This chamber orchestra is reputed to be one of the best Spanish chamber ensembles, both national and international. Conductor-less, youthful and energetic, the violin and viola players stand while playing. For this first recording, Cammerata have devised a fascinating programme, using 9 violins, 4 violas, 4 cellos, 2 double bass and a harpsichord for the Händel. The apex of this SACD is Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings in C major (1880). The first few bars of Cammerata captured me, and the whole performance had me rapt. Despite hearing dozens of Tchaikovsky String Serenades in concerts and recordings, I felt that I was hearing it anew, with the subtlety of nuanced phrases, dynamics, emotions and especially the gorgeous voicing of chordal work, which brought a special life of wooing romantics to the Serenades, which was revelatory. It should be noted that the composer himself wrote, "The larger number of players in the string orchestra, the more this shall be in accordance with the author's wishes." Eudora's recording sessions were at the Sala Narciso Yepes at Auditorio Victor Villegas, Murcia, in the interior of the Costa Calida – Costa Blanca region of Spain. It is a said to be a "great symphony hall equipped with 1,768 seats, a stage of 300 m2, a spectacular sound with superb visibility from all areas. Several session photos show the disposition of the ensemble on the stage and the placing of Sonodore, Neumann U89 and Schoeps microphones. The album was recorded in DSD256 (11.289 MHz) Stereo and Surround Sound. Without an audience, there is a pleasing resonance of about 2 seconds, especially from the bass which have notably rich timbre but perhaps loose a little of their attack. The main recorded sound stage is quite close, but wide, with distinct positioning of instruments. The hall acoustics coexists with the music to make a fine DSD recording, especially, as usual, in 5.0 multichannel. A very fine concert for lovers of a string chamber orchestra. Buy a copy and spread the name of Brotons. Performance and Multichannel Sonics: 5 out of 5 Stars, Stereo Sonics: 4.5 out of 5 Stars."

John Miller from HRAudio.Net[read full review]

Brotons, Handel & Tchaikovsky (2016)

Brotons, Handel, Tchaikovsky

Cammerata

Digital Converters:Horus
Editing Software:Pyramix
Mastering Engineer:Gonzalo Noqué
Mastering Room:Amphion
Microphones:Sonodore, Neumann U89i and Schoeps
Producer:Gonzalo Noqué
Recording Engineer:Gonzalo Noqué
Recording location:Auditorio Víctor Villegas, Sala Narciso Yepes, Murcia, Spain
Recording Software:Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate:DSD256

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Concerto for Viola and String Orchestra op. 106 - I.- Adagio elegiaco
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Concerto for Viola and String Orchestra op. 106 - II.- Vivo deciso
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Concerto for Viola and String Orchestra op. 106 - III.- Lento espressivo
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Concerto for Viola and String Orchestra op. 106 - IV.- Allegro energico
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Concerto grosso op. 6/12 - I.- Largo
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Concerto grosso op. 6/12 - II.- Allegro
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Concerto grosso op. 6/12 - III.- Aria
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Concerto grosso op. 6/12 - IV.- Largo
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Concerto grosso op. 6/12 - V.- Allegro
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Serenade for Strings op. 48 - I.- Pezzo in forma di Sonatina
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Serenade for Strings op. 48 - II.- Valse
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Serenade for Strings op. 48 - III.- Elegie
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Serenade for Strings op. 48 - IV.- Finale
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