Vahid Khadem-Missagh’s new CD features P.I. Tchaikovsky’s “Souvenir d’un lieu cher” op. 42 for violin and string orchestra. The three romantic pieces Méditation, Scherzo and Melodie allow the Solo-violin to express its full range of sound and expression. The disc is completed by Tchaikovsky’s famous Sextett “Souvenir de Florence” op.70 in a version for string orchestra. The Academia Allegro Vivo performs under the baton of Bijan Khadem-Missagh.
The heart of this CD is the world premiere recording of Werner Pirchner’s concerto for 2 solo-violins without orchestra PWV 33. Pirchner was one of the most original composers of Austria’s second republic. The work combines elements of jazz and Austrian folk music and builds a virtuoso piece for the two protagonists. Martha and Vahid Khadem-Missagh worked together with the composer and performed this piece at the Salzburg Festival and Vienna’s Musikverein. Pirchner’s lifelong admiration for J.S.Bach is reflected in the recording of Bach’s concerto for two violins and string orchestra in d-minor. The disc is rounded up with Zoltan Kodaly’s Serenade for two violins and viola. Herbert Kefer of the Artis Quartett joins Martha and Vahid Khadem-Missagh.
When brother and sister take on the task of a musical dialogue one can expect something extraordinary. This recording builds a bridge between the music of the 19th and 20th centuries and displays the diverse nuances of colours and moods created through both technical and emotional expression. The violin has always challenged the great masters to bring forth inspiring compositions. Among the most delightful of these are the works for two violins – they present the most compact unit of chamber music, in which two equal instruments blend together and at the same time possess a wide range of variations and emotional diversity. Highest technical abilities and soloistic expression are demanded of each of the individuals.“I must say how fantastic it is that Vahid and Martha Khadem-Missagh play so beautifully! This does not happen automatically. It is so great to hear this Duo play so wonderfully, especially their stylistic interpretation. Lord Yehudi Menuhin”
Tonkuenstler Chamber Orchestra
Vahid Khadem-Missagh, violin
Klaus Schuster, piano
Bijan Khadem-Missagh, conductor
Vahid Khadem-Missagh is joined by pianist Klaus Schuster in Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s Concerto for violin, piano and orchestra in d-minor. Composed at the age of fourteen Mendelssohn’s work expresses joy and virtuosity and reflects the composers unique style combining strikingly mature thematic work at his early age.
Bijan Khadem-Missagh, violin
Academia Allegro Vivo
Known as “prete rosso”, the red haired Venetian priest, Vivaldi worked as conductor at the orphanage of the Pietá in Venice for many years. During this period he wrote many concertos for the girls who received their musical education there. This concerto is composed in the concerto form created by Vivaldi: in the first movement “Allegro” the orchestral-ritornell transforms to various related harmonies and stands in contrast to the virtuosity of the three solo violins. The “Andante” is similar to the “Largo” of the “Winter” in “Four Seasons”. The orchestra pauses during the entire movement. The form of the “Finale” is similar to that of the first movement only here the roles are distributed differently between the soloists.
Bruckner Symphony No. 8
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Vahid Khadem-Missagh, concertmaster
Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester
Alexander Rahbari, conductor
Vahid Khadem-Missagh, violin
Persian International Philharmonic Orchestra
Alexander Rahbaris violin concerto was written between 1967 and 1972. It can be described as a symphonic poem and can also be performed as Ballet-Music. The composer combines different Persian music elements demanding highest virtuoso skills from the violin soloist.Also on this CD is Rimsky-Korsakov’s famous Shéhérazade. Vahid Khadem-Missagh performs the violin Solos.
Ernest Bloch: Sonata No.1 for violin and piano
Antonin Dvorak: String Quintet in G-Major op. 77
Sergej Prokofjew: Sonata for two violins op. 56
Dmitri Schostakowitsch: Piano Trio No. 2
Dmitri Schostakowitsch: Three Duets for two violins and piano
P. I. Tchaikovsky: concerto for violin and orchestra D-major op. 35