1883 - R. Strauss, Grieg & Fauré Christoph Croisé & Oxana Shevchenko

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Label: AVIE Records

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Chamber Music

Artist: Christoph Croisé & Oxana Shevchenko

Composer: Edvard Grieg (1843-1907), Richard Strauss (1864-1949), Gabriel Faure (1845-1924), Gabriel Faure (1845-1924), Gabriel Faure (1845-1924)

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  • Richard Strauss (1864 - 1949): Cello Sonata in F Major, Op. 6, TrV 115:
  • 1Strauss: Cello Sonata in F Major, Op. 6, TrV 115: I. Allegro con brio09:36
  • 2Strauss: Cello Sonata in F Major, Op. 6, TrV 115: II. Andante ma non troppo08:41
  • 3Strauss: Cello Sonata in F Major, Op. 6, TrV 115: III. Finale - Allegro vivo09:07
  • Edvard Grieg (1843 - 1907) :Cello Sonata in A Minor, Op. 36:
  • 4Grieg: Cello Sonata in A Minor, Op. 36: I. Allegro agitato09:22
  • 5Grieg: Cello Sonata in A Minor, Op. 36: II. Andante molto tranquillo05:59
  • 6Grieg: Cello Sonata in A Minor, Op. 36: II. Allegro12:57
  • Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924): Élégie, Op. 24:
  • 7Fauré: Élégie, Op. 2407:16
  • Total Runtime01:02:58

Info for 1883 - R. Strauss, Grieg & Fauré

1883 was a fruitful year for cello composition as Christoph Croise's new recording reveals. That year marked Edvard Grieg's return to composition after a period of conducting the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, with the Sonata in A minor, his only work for cello and piano. Also that year, Richard Strauss was writing for the same combination at the age of just 19, producing his Sonata in F. Gabriel Faure embarked on a cello sonata in 1880; only the slow movement transpired and was published and premiered as the stand-alone piece Elegie in 1883. Christoph's regular performing partner, Oxana Shevchenko, joins him in this beautifully balanced recording of works for cello and piano.

Christoph Croise, cello
Oxana Shevchenko, piano

Christoph Croisé
Lauded for ‘delicate yet virtuosic’ playing (BBC Music Magazine) and ‘seamless subtleties of tone colour’ with ‘plenty of edge’ (The Strad), Swiss-French-German cellist Christoph Croisé is quickly building an international reputation as one of the most captivating young concert soloists to emerge in recent years.

Born in 1993, he made his New York debut at the age of 17 at Carnegie Hall, where he has performed on several occasions since. Today, his busy international performing schedule includes regular appearances in many of the world’s renowned concert halls, among them the Tonhalle Zurich, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus, Munich’s Residenz, the Capella and the Philharmonia of St Petersburg, and the Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Hall in Baku. He has given a number of live radio and television concerts, for broadcasters Bavarian Radio, Norddeutscher Rundfunk, WQXR, BBC, RTS, RSI, SRF and WMFT, among others.

As a soloist, Croisé has appeared under the batons of conductors such as Michael Sanderling, Mario Venzago, Douglas Boyd, Laurent Gendre, Kevin Griffiths, Ayyub Guliyev, Alf Årdal, Maurizio Dones, Giovanni Bria and Dimitris Botinis, with various orchestras including Musikkollegium Winterthur, St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Bern Symphony Orchestra, Azerbaijan State Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Switzerland, Munich Radio Orchestra, Camerata Zurich, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, Sichuan Symphony Orchestra, St Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra, Collegium Musicum Basel,İ ̇Izmir State Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Mulhouse, Albanian Radio Television Symphony Orchestra, Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie, Orquesta Sinfónica de Michoacán, Harbin Symphony Orchestra and South Czech Philharmonic.

He is a regular guest at prestigious festivals including the Musical Olympus Festival in St Petersburg, New York and Baku, the Lucerne Festival, Radio France Festival Montpellier, Davos Festival – Young Artists in Concert, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Salzkammergut Festwochen Gmunden, Schwarzwald Musikfestival, Klosters Music Festival, Festival de Sully, Belfast International Arts Festival, Emilia Romagna Festival and Festival International de Musique de Wissembourg.

As a chamber musician he has performed with Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Mayuko Kamio, Bartek Nizioł, Isabelle van Keulen, Andrey Baranov, Sergey Ostrovsky, Kirill Troussov, Alexander Zemtsov, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Marie Chilemme, Christoffer Sundqvist, Anna Fedorova, Oliver Schnyder, Oxana Shevchenko, Nikita Mndoyants, Lorenzo Soulès and Alexander Panfilov.

Croisé has taken first prize in a number of competitions, among them the Schoenfeld International String Competition (Harbin, 2016), the 2nd Berliner International Music Competition 2018 (First Grand Prize), the Manhattan International Music Competition (2016), the ‘Salieri-Zinetti’ International Chamber Music Competition (Verona, 2016), the International Johannes Brahms Competition (2015), the International ‘IBLA Grand Prize’ Competition (Sicily, 2010), the International ‘Petar Konjovicˇ’ Competition (Belgrade, 2009) and the Migros-Kulturprozent (Zurich, 2015 and 2016), as well as 3rd Prize at the Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition (Morelia, Mexico, 2016) and Gold Medal with honours at the first Berliner International Music Competition (2017). In 2017 he was awarded the Swiss Ambassador’s Award, and the following year received the ‘Prix Jeune soliste 2019 des Médias francophone publics’.

His debut album with Oxana Shevchenko was released in May 2015 on Quartz Classics, his second album, Summer Night, including Othmar Schoeck’s cello concerto, was released in February 2018 on GENUIN classics, and his third album (Haydn, Vivaldi Cello Concertos) was released in March 2019 on AVIE Records, winning the Supersonic Award from Pizzicato Magazine and the ‘Clef d’or’ for the best concerto album of 2019 from ResMusica Magazine. His fourth release and second on AVIE, The Russian Album with pianist Alexander Panfilov, was released in November 2019.

Croisé is often involved in baroque projects as a complement to modern performance. He has worked extensively in the field, performing as soloist with Il Pomo d’Oro and working with Maurice Steger and Nicolas Altstaedt. In 2020 and 2021 he released a CD and video of the complete set of Viola da Gamba sonatas and six Cello Suites by J.S. Bach, performing on a 1720 Guarneri ‘Filius Andrea’ baroque cello.

In addition to performing, he is passionate about helping young cellists develop as musicians and has given international masterclasses in prestigious venues such as the St Petersburg Conservatory, the “Festival of young European soloists” of Venezuela’s El Sistema and the “Masterclass de Música“ in Granada/Spain.

Croisé is artistic director of the Niederlenzer Musiktage, a classical and electronic music festival taking place every year at the end of May in Switzerland.

Croisé began playing the cello at the age of seven under the tutelage of Katharina Kühne. Since 2007, he has been studying with Alexander Neustroev and, as of 2013, with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt at the Berlin University of the Arts. He has additionally benefited from major artistic advice from Steven Isserlis, Michael Sanderling, David Geringas, Walter Grimmer and Frans Helmerson.

Croisé plays a rare Italian master cello, crafted in 1680. He is very thankful for the multiple scholarships granted to him in recent years by the Lyra Foundation.

Oxana Shevchenko
was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan where she studied with Valentina Tartyshnaya.

She completed her bachelor degree with Tatiana Rakova at the Academic Music College and graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where she studied piano with Elena Kuznetsova and Sergey Kuznetsov.

Oxana earned her Master’s degree after studying with Dmitry Alexeev at the Royal College of Music (London, UK), Jean-François Antonioli at the Haute Ecole de Musique (Lausanne, Switzerland). Oxana attended Corsi di Perfezionamento at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome where she studied with Benedetto Lupo.

In 2010 Oxana won the First Prize at the Scottish International Piano Competition. Right after her triumph Oxana worked with Delphian Records on her debut recording, released in 2011, which includes works by Shostakovich, Mozart, Liszt, and Ravel.

“This is the most exciting debut disc to come my way for some time… I look forward eagerly to her future releases” - Gramophone (Editor’s Choice) Oxana’s competition successes include: First Prize at the Luciano Luciani International Piano Competition, Italy (2020), First Prize at the Orbetello International Piano Competition, Italy (2017), First Prize at the International Premio Franz Liszt Competition, Italy (2015); First Prize and Gold Medal at the Chappell Piano Competition, UK (2013); First Prize at Sheepdrove Piano Competition, UK (2012); Fourth Prize, the International Music Critic Prize and a Special Prize for the best interpretation of Busoni’s work at the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Italy (2009); Fifth Prize and the Chamber Music Prize at the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia (2016); Third Prize at the Sendai International Music Competition in Japan (2007) with a special prize for the best interpretation of a 20th Century concerto; Third Prize at the China International Piano Competition in Shanghai (2009)

Oxana gave her first performance as a soloist with the Kazakh State Symphony Orchestra at the age of nine. Oxana has since performed with symphony orchestras across the globe including: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, UK; Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australia; Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Switzerland; Symphoniker Hamburg, Germany; Radio Symphony Orchestra Pilsen, Czech Republic; Orchestre National de Lorraine, France; Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, Japan; Norrlandsoperan Symphony Orchestra, Sweden and many more.

Oxana has worked with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Martyn Brabbins, Ronald Corp, Pascal Verrot, Koji Kawamoto, Rumon Gamba. Highlights of recent seasons include appearances at Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Recital Center, Southbank center: Royal Festival Hall, Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, Wigmore Hall, Laeiszhalle, Hamburg, Tonhalle, Zurich, Lucerne Festival, Istanbul Festival, Palermo Classica, Teatro Colsubsidio Bogotà. A keen chamber musician, Oxana has collaborated with musicians such as the Kopelman Quartet, Brodsky Quartet, Pavel Vernikov, Narek Hakhnazaryan, Cristoph Croisè, Ray Chen, Isabel Villanueva, Emre Engin, Alena Baeva.

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