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This project aims to bring a diverse and unique mix of chamber music (clarinet/viola/piano) to new audiences all over the world
This project aims to bring a diverse and unique mix of chamber music (clarinet/viola/piano) to new audiences all over the world
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Metamorphoses - Once upon a time….

Jean Johnson - clarinet

Roeland Jagers - viola

Ilona Timchenko - piano

(Spanish and Russian below)

Metamorphoses is a new trio (clarinet/viola/piano) made up of world class musicians from the US, the Netherlands and Russia. The trio members have established themselves individually as soloists and chamber musicians in the world’s most prestigious concert halls.

For their debut CD, Metamorphoses presents a varied, cosmopolitan program consisting of repertoire from five different countries. Once upon a time… is a cross-pollination of a wide range of sounds, colors and music styles – just as the group itself is an inspiring exchange between musicians from three different countries and cultures. A musical statement of mutual understanding, behind which we stand wholeheartedly, especially in these times of uncertainty and division in the world.

Mozart’s beautiful Kegelstatt Trio is one of the earliest existing works for the unusual combination of clarinet, viola and piano. Robert Schumann, the composer of Märchenerzählungen (Fairy Tales) was inspired by Mozart’s work. In these relatively seldom played works, both composers explore the beautiful combination of timbres of the clarinet and the viola, instruments which share a similar range of pitches. Leo Smit was a Dutch Jew who sadly was murdered in 1943 in the concentration camp Sobibor. Smit, who lived for some years in Paris, had a strong affinity with the French music of his time, and that influence is clearly audible in his Trio. From France one can’t leave out the devishly difficult and therefore rarely performed Trio of Jean Francaix. Prelude, Allegro & Pastorale for clarinet and viola by the English violist/composer Rebecca Clarke is the musical icing on the cake.

The opportunity to share their work in this way will allow the trio to continue developing, both as individuals and a group, using feedback from peers, reviewers and audiences. In sharing their skills and passion for underplayed composers such as Rebecca Clarke and works such as the Trio of Jean Francaix via workshops with young people just starting their relationship with classical music, the trio hope to inspire a new generation of musicians to explore a range of works and instrumental combinations.

Spanish

Metamorphoses es un nuevo trío (clarinete/viola/piano) formado por músicos de renombre mundial provenientes de los Estados Unidos, Países Bajos y Rusia. Los miembros del trío se han posicionado individualmente como solistas y músicos de cámara en las salas de concierto más prestigiosas del mundo.

Para su CD debut, Metamorphoses presenta un variado programa cosmopolita consistente en un repertorio procedente de cinco países diferentes. Érase una vez… es la fusión de un amplio rango de sonidos, colores y estilos musicales – al igual que el propio grupo es un inspirador intercambio entre músicos de tres países y culturas diferentes. Una afirmación musical de mutuo entendimiento, ante la cual nos entregamos con todo el corazón, especialmente en estos tiempos de incertidumbre y división en el mundo.

El hermoso trío “Kegelstatt” de Mozart, es una de las primeras obras compuestas para la inusual combinación de clarinete, viola y piano. Robert Schumann, el compositor de “Märchenerzählungen” (Cuentos de hadas) se inspiró en el trabajo de Mozart. En estas obras relativamente poco interpretadas, ambos compositores exploran la bella combinación tímbrica del clarinete y la viola, instrumentos que comparten un rango tonal similiar. Leo Smit fue un judío holandés tristemente ajusticiado en 1943 en el campo de concentración Sobibor. Smit, quien vivió algunos años en París, tuvo una fuerte afinidad con la música francesa de su tiempo, y esa influencia se percibe claramente en su Trío. De Francia, uno no puede excluir el endiabladamente difícil y por lo tanto raramente interpretado Trio de Jean Francaix. El Prelude, Allegro & Pastorale para clarinete y viola de la compositora y violista inglesa Rebecca Clarke es la guinda musical del pastel.

La oportunidad de compartir su trabajo de esta forma, permite al trío continuar su desarrollo, tanto individualmente como en grupo, retroalimentándose con la opinión del público, colegas y críticos. Al compartir sus habilidades y pasión por compositores poco interpretados como Rebecca Clarke y obras como el Trio de Jean Francaix en talleres con jóvenes que recientemente comienzan su relación con la música clásica, el trío espera inspirar a una nueva generación de músicos hacia la exploración de un amplio campo de posibles combinaciones instrumentales y obras.

Russian

Metamorphoses – это новое трио музыкантов мирового класса (кларнет/альт/фортепиано) из США, Нидерландов и России. Участники трио профессионально сформировались, выступая в качестве солистов и камерных музыкантов в самых престижных концертных залах мира.

В своем дебютном альбоме Metamorphoses представят разнообразную многонациональную программу, включающую репертуар пяти стран. “Once upon a time” – это взаимодействие множества звуков, цветов и музыкальных стилей: как и само трио, программа представляет собой полный вдохновения обмен между тремя странами и культурами. Мы искренне поддерживаем идею музыкального взаимопонимания, особенно сейчас, когда мир разделен и в нем нет ясности.

Прекрасное трио Kegelstatt Моцарта было одним из первых произведений для необычного сочетания кларнета, альта и фортепиано. Роберт Шуманн, автор Märchenerzählungen («Сказки»), был вдохновлен музыкой Моцарта. В этих весьма редко исполняемых произведениях оба композитора исследуют прекрасное созвучие тембров кларнета и альта – инструментов с похожим набором тональностей. Лео Смит, голландский еврей, к сожалению, убитый в 1943 году в концлагере Собибор, прожил несколько лет в Париже и был тесно связан с французской музыкой того времени; это влияние можно явственно слышать в его Трио. Говоря о французской музыке, нельзя не упомянуть дьявольски сложное и потому редко исполняемое Трио Жана Франсе. Prelude, Allegro & Pastorale для кларнета и альта английской скрипачки и композитора Ребекки Кларк – это вишенка на музыкальном торте.

Возможность делиться результатами своей работы позволит трио продолжать профессиональное развитие как по отдельности, так и в качестве ансамбля: для этого необходима обратная связь от коллег, критиков и слушателей. Профессионально и увлеченно играя редко исполняемую музыку, в том числе, произведения Ребекки Кларк и Трио Жана Франсе на мастер-классах для молодых музыкантов, только начинающих строить отношения с классической музыкой, трио надеется вдохновить новое поколение музыкантов на то, чтобы исследовать целый ряд произведений и инструментальных сочетаний.

Risks and challenges

(Spanish and Russian below)

The production of this album will not be straight forward. But nothing has been straight forward since Metamorphoses came together in the Amsterdam airport! Our choice for an excellent recording engineer, combined with an inspiring acoustic and a first-class Steinway, obviously comes at a price. But we're ambitious, and in order to maximize our chances of making this dream come true, we're trying to obtain funding from several sources in different countries. So far charities in the Netherlands and Spain have already confirmed their contributions, and several applications are still pending. The support from you, our audience, however, would be most meaningful to us! It is that beautiful emotional connection that makes our music making worthwhile every day. Thank you!

La produción de este álbum no será sencilla, pero ¡nada ha sido demasiado fácil desde que los miembros de Metamorphoses se encontraron en el aeropuerto de Amsterdam! Nuestra excelente elección del ingeniero de sonido, combinado con una acústica inspiradora y un Steinway de primera clase tienen obviamente un precio. Somos ambiciosos, y con el fin de maximizar nuestras posibilidades de hacer realidad este sueño, estamos tratando de obtener financiación de diversas fuentes en diferentes países. Hasta ahora, varias organizaciones benéficas de los Países Bajos y España ya han confirmado sus contribuciones y están pendientes de confirmación algunas solicitudes más.
Sin embargo, el apoyo de ustedes, de nuestro público, ¡sería lo más importante para nosotros! Es esta hermosa conexión emocional la que hace nuestra música cada día más preciada. ¡Gracias!

Этот альбом не будет выпущен «вдруг». Но ничего не происходило «вдруг» с тех пор, как Metamorphoses встретились в аэропорту Амстердама! Нам необходимы превосходный инженер звукозаписи и вдохновляющее звучание первоклассного Steinway, а это, конечно, стоит денег. Но мы амбициозны, и чтобы увеличить наши шансы на исполнение этой мечты, мы обратились за финансированием к нескольким источникам в разных странах. На данный момент свои взносы уже подтвердили благотворительные организации в Нидерландах и Испании, и еще несколько заявок ожидают рассмотрения. Но ваша поддержка, дорогие наши слушатели, наиболее важна для нас! Именно эта прекрасная эмоциональная связь наполняет смыслом наши занятия музыкой каждый день. Спасибо!

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    Our clarinettist, Jean, is also a qualified fitness instructor and would be very happy to offer you a 30 minute personal fitness session in Edinburgh or via Skype. Choose from yoga/pilates hybrid session, core conditioning session, abs and stretch, or gentle yoga/relaxation session. Complimentary award-winning lamb/vegatarian moussaka from Jean's kitchen can be consumed afterwards.

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    Thank you for your support! As a token of our gratitude, you will be the lucky recipient of our pianist Ilona's VIP tour of Santiago. Although she was born in Russia, Ilona has been living in Spain for many years now, and she can't wait to show you the inspiring old city and the Atlantic coast...

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    - ten free CDs signed by all three of us
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    If you yourself are a musician, one of us will also happily come to your house to give you a lesson and/or play chamber music with you (Skype appointments are also possible).

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    Painting by Vladimir Kordubaylo

    Metamorphoses is offering a new reward for backers of the Kickstarter campaign! We’re very grateful to Daniel Kordubaylo, son of the late Vladimir Kordubaylo, the eminent Russian painter, for offering one of his works to the first backer who pledges €1.000 or more. There is a choice of about twenty different paintings.

    “Vladimir Ivanovich Kordubaylo follows the way of indefatigable search and perception of the beautiful. In the master’s works, his private world and his kind and cheerful attitude towards people, his craving for beauty, his unrelenting creative energy, are reflected.”

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    Thank you for your support! As a token of our gratitude, you can host your own personal Metamorphoses house concert, wherever your home may be. We are very much looking forward to this surprise performance!

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