Maksim Shtrykov, clarinet & Misuzu Tanaka, piano – the Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo records their debut album “Epilogues”
To our supporters
Today we are inviting you to join us on a very personal journey – a creation of the album "Epilogues" that will feature works of the three composers who occupy a very special place in our hearts.
We are asking for your help to make this record a reality. The album will be released by Concertant Classics, a 100% independent label that was founded in 2014 by Maksim Shtrykov.
This album is very intimate but what makes it truly singular is that, to our knowledge, there were no albums before that would bring together four clarinet masterpieces connected with one theme – the epilogue in a life of a composer, the last creations that each composer wrote before leaving our troublesome world. We feel an enormous responsibility to put these works on our debut album and we hope that you would like to become a part of its creation by supporting the release with your contribution.
Our deepest gratitude from the bottom of our hearts!
Misuzu & Maksim
"Epilogues" CD Album
Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921): Sonata in E-flat Major for Clarinet and Piano, Op.167
Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897): Sonata in F Minor for Clarinet and Piano Op.120 No.1 (1894)
Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897): Sonata in E-flat Major for Clarinet and Piano Op. 120 No.2 (1894)
Francis POULENC (1899-1963): Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (1962)
Recording Venue: Oktaven AudiO. Mount Vernon, NY
Sound Engineer: Ryan Streber
Producer: Alexei Gorokholinsky
Fundraising Tour October 5-14!
Exclusive! We are performing the "Epilogues" album program during our fundraising tour on West Coast (program length/album selection varies from venue to venue)
The dates and venues:
OCT 5, 2017, 7PM: Rossmoor Walnut Creek • Walnut Creek, CA
OCT 8, 2017, 2PM: Ross Ragland Classical Series • Klamath Falls, OR
OCT 13, 7:30PM: St. Paul’s Concert Series • Walnut Creek, CA (this concert will present two out four album works)
OCT 14, 3PM: Maybeck Performing Arts Studio • Berkeley, CA
OCT 14, 7:30PM: Sunset Music and Arts • San Francisco, CA
Three composers, three different sources of inspiration, united by one aspect – a clarinet that would become the final medium of their genius. Since our first musical collaborations we were fascinated by the fact that the most glorious gems of the clarinet and piano literature were written by composers in the final stage of their lives. This is when the idea of our debut album was born - to record the magnificent epilogues that each composer dedicated to the clarinet and piano. The story behind the creation of each sonata is different but what unites them is, of course, the instrument; every sonata was written for grand masters and virtuosos of the clarinet, and a somber and maybe even mystical fact is that the clarinet became their medium for a swan song.
Johannes Brahms Two Clarinet Sonatas Op.120 - written in 1894 and are dedicated to the clarinetist Richard Mühlfeld whom Brahms first heard in 1891 . This was a turn of fate that made Brahms break his promise to retire from composing and resulted in several works for clarinet. Two sonatas op.120 essentially became the corner stone of clarinet repertoire and, in a way, firmly secured its place among other solo instruments.
Camille Saint-Saëns Clarinet Sonata Op.167 - written in 1921 and dedicated to the professor of Paris Conservatory, clarinet virtuoso August Perier. The clarinet sonata became the last out of three sonatas that Saint-Saens composed for woodwind instruments with oboe and bassoon being the other two. The flute sonata was supposed to be the final work in the cycle of four sonatas for woodwind instruments.
And finally Francis Poulenc – who set on to composing the Clarinet Sonata in 1962 after a request from, no one else but, Benny Goodman himself. Having a very similar idea to Saint-Saens, to compose four sonatas for each woodwind instrument, he never lived to complete its mission, and left a legacy of three sonatas for flute, oboe and, finally the clarinet. The work was published posthumously and is dedicated to the memory of Arthur Honegger, a friend and fellow composer of the famous group Les Six.
Comprised of two sensationally gifted and acclaimed virtuosi - clarinetist Maksim Shtrykov [pronounced: sh-TRY-koff] and pianist Misuzu Tanaka - the Shtrykov-Tanaka Duo has been heard throughout the U.S., garnering an impressive record of instant re-engagements. Clarinet and piano duos are still rare gems on the modern concert stage despite the immense repertoire. With its innovative programming, master classes, and recitals, the Duo makes it their mission to transform the superb instrumental combination from a rare occurrence to a welcomed guest in concert series across the globe. The 2017-2018 season highlights include the Duo’s debut album release on Concertant Classics label as well as numerous concerts and master classes with appearances on the Fairmont Chamber Music Society (WV), Highlands Chapel Concert Series in Seattle (WA), and Cedarhurst Chamber Music (IL) among others. During past seasons, the Duo gave numerous concerts on many eminent concert series across the country including Chamber Music Society of Maryland, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts (IL), Summer Stars Classical Series in Ocean Grove (NJ), Tuesday's Music Live Series in Augusta (GA), Frederick Collection Historical Piano Concerts in Ashburnham, (MA), and Endless Mountain Festival in Elmira (NY) to name a few.
The Duo’s upcoming debut album “Epilogues” will focus on the last works of three leading composers – Johannes Brahms, Camille Saint-Saëns and Francis Poulenc. Each of these composers chose the clarinet as the last medium of their genius, referring to its rich sound and soulful expression in the late stage of their lives, entrusting in it a lifetime of wisdom and experience. Though the story behind the creation of each composition differs, all of them hold a deep philosophical meaning as the pinnacles of the composers’ mastery.
Maksim and Misuzu first met in December 2012 and, as avid chamber music collaborators, instantly felt a unique artistic connection resulting in an inspiring and creative friendship. Both artists are graduates of The Juilliard School and enjoy extensive international solo careers that have heard them in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Germany’s Leipzig Gewandhaus and Japan’s Izumi Hall.
Risks and challenges
We have a great team of very talented people working with us and we have already recorded most of the album material. The only challenge we face is, of course, funds to be able to reward everyone involved in production of Epilogues. Raising funds with Kickstarter is our greatest challenge since this campaign is “All or Nothing”. This means that if we won’t raise $10.000 in 30 days the project will not be funded.
If our fundraiser will be a success the funds will be distributed to cover the following:
Tracking, Mastering and Editing
Cost to hire key personal including: producer, piano technician, graphic designer, photographer and publicity agent.
Duplication, distribution and promotion of the Album.
- (31 days)