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Adapting and modernizing the concepts of Bach's "Sonatas and Partitas" for solo violin, this is the 3rd piece written by bassist/composer Barry Guy at the request of Maya Homburger, who performs on an 18th century baroque violin.
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Recorded by Peter Laenger on December 13th-17th, 2010 at Propstei St. Gerold, St. Gerold, Austria.
Maya Homburger-Baroque violin
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1. Adagio 4:06
2. Fuga 11:46
3. Largo 3:22
4. Allegro Assai 5:48
5. Lysandra 10:44
6. Preludio 4:10
7. Loure 3:51
8. Gavotte En Rondeau 3:16
9. Menuet I - Menuet II 4:18
10. Bourée 1:44
11. Gigue 2:20
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
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"Lysandra completes the set of three solo violin pieces written at the request of Maya Homburger to sit in between J. S. Bach's masterpieces, the Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin. Deliberately avoided is any paraphrasing of Bach's music, preferring to keep the language consistent with a pure research of the warm colours of the baroque violin and the intense expression associated with the instrument. Lysandra represents a somewhat more dramatic conclusion to the three pieces. Certain "leitmotivs" and techniques from the two previous pieces are alluded to, but within a more robust assertive scenario. Perhaps the summation of this more heroic stance is the inclusion of a fugato that tests the faculties of the violinist's art and expresses my admiration for the master J.S. Bach and the player's ability to thrill the listener with athletic flights of virtuosity."-Barry Guy
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"Born and educated in Zurich, Switzerland, Maya Homburger moved to England in 1986 to join John Eliot Gardiner's English Baroque Soloists, Trevor Pinnock's The English Concert and other period instrument groups. Concerts and Recordings as leader of the Chandos Baroque Players and founding her own Trio Virtuoso led her to specialise more and more in chamber music and solo performance. In 1993 she recorded the twelve fantasies for solo violin by G.Ph.Telemann and in 1995 the six sonatas for violin and harpsichord by J.S. Bach together with Malcolm Proud.
Ever since meeting the composer and solo bassist Barry Guy - on the occasion of an extended concert tour with Christopher Hogwood's Academy of Ancient Music in 1988 - she has devoted her time developing her own personal style on the baroque violin as well as managing the Barry Guy New Orchestra, the London Jazz Composers Orchestra and running her own CD label MAYA recordings.
The idea to perform baroque solo works in the context of free improvised music and newly commissioned pieces sparked off the Homburger/Guy Duo and together Maya Homburger and Barry Guy have given concerts in many major Jazz, New Music and Baroque Music Festivals all over Europe. New works in her repertoire include Barry Guy's compositions Celebration, Inachis, Aglais and Lysandra for solo violin, Ceremony for violin and tape, Bubblets for violin and harpsichord and compositions for baroque violin and double bass, especially commissioned for the Homburger/Guy Duo from Buxton Orr, Roger Marsh and Giles Swayne.
After living in Ireland for nine years where they contributed both to the early as well as the contemporary music scene, they have moved to Switzerland in 2006.
In 1999 Maya Homburger organised her own music Series in Dublin called "Now and Then". In 2000 she was one of the leaders and soloists for J.E. Gardiner's Bach pilgrimage which took her to many of Europe's most beautiful cathedrals and churches where she performed in 52 Bach Cantatas.
Recordings include the Duo CDs "Ceremony" (ECM) and "Dakryon" (Maya Recordings), Bach/Guy solo works (Maya Recs.) and "Folio" (ECM) where she appears as violin soloist together with the Munich Chamber Orchestra."-Maya Homburger Website (http://www.maya-recordings.com/biographies/maya/index.html)
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