Stephen Hartke Recordings to Include Debut of “Netsuke,” Fall 2015 Updates

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Hartke’s “Netsuke” for Violin and Piano on “American Duos” (Albany Records)

The world premiere recording of Stehen Hartke’s “Netsuke” was released on Oct 1st, 2015 by Albany Records on the CD titled “American Duos” (#1593), with Jennifer Frautschi on violin and John Blacklow playing piano.  Music available through Hal Leonard.

“The King of the Sun” receives its third commercial recording, performed by Flex Ensemble and released by Genuine Records on the album “The Arrival of Night” (#14325) on July 11th, 2014.  Music available through Hal Leonard.

Stephen Hartke’s “Fourth Symphony” was broadcast on Aug 30th, 2015 on APM’s “Pipe Dreams”, a show celebrating the pipe organ and hosted by award-winning broadcaster Michael Barone.  Please contact our rental department for inquiries.

A new anthem for double mixed choir, “Blessed are they that sow and shall not reap”, was premiered by The Golden Bridge Consort and music director Suzi Digby in Beverly Hills California on Sept. 19th, 2015.  Visit Hal Leonard to browse Stephen Hartke’s current publications.

Violin New Releases – Spring 2014


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J.S. Bach – Toccata and Fugue in d minor

Transcribed for solo violin by Stuart Carlson

Available through Hal Leonard HL00124287, $11.95

Stuart Carlson writes: “While studying Bach’s ‘Toccata and Fugue’ for organ, I was intrigued by the fact that many of the chords and motifs within it can be transitioned for performance on the violin. I later discovered that there is historical speculation that Bach may have composed this piece for solo violin.

Inspired by this, I used the urtext of the piece to create this arrangement. It is in the piece’s original key, and it is designed to transcribe the full and grand sound of the organ to the solo violin. This arrangement intentionally creates the true sound of Bach’s piece, while adding variation-like figures within the Fugue’s main theme – which is repeated throughout. These figures include sixteenth-note triplets, thirty-second notes, and additional double-stops. It was important to me to remain true to my sense of what Bach may have intended for this piece if played on a violin, while allowing my own musical and stylistic preferences to blend into this arrangement. I’d like to thank Lauren Keiser, Paul Schoenfeld, and Stephen Shipps for their help and support.”

127941 covers_Page_1Yevhen Stankovych – Angel’s Touch

Hal Leonard # HL00127941, $12.95

Violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv presented the world premiere of Angel’s Touch in December, 2013. She says of the work; “Angel’s Touch embodies a child-like mysticism, exploring naivety, hope, and inner peace leading to enlightenment. Deliciously dark motifs are triumphed by happiness in the end. It is quite reflective of the composer’s own childhood in post-war and Soviet-occupied Ukraine. It is sprinkled with Ukrainian folklore elements from the Carpathian Mountains, also reminding me of my own childhood. As I premiered this work in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, I was overcome with the gravitas attached to this formidable piece of art. It will live on as a testament to human achievement.”

Netsuke cover webStephen Hartke – Netsuke

Hal Leonard # HL00042670, $37.95

 Netsuke are Japanese miniature carvings that were originally made to secure objects suspended from a man’s sash. This piece for violin and piano was inspired by six exquisite carvings from the Bushell Collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Stephen Hartke Spring 2014 recording sessions

EuroHartke crop dropshadowBoston Music Orchestra Project (BMOP), conducted by Gil Rose, is in the process of recording a CD that will contain Stephen Hartke’s Alvorada for string orchestra, The Ascent of the Equestrian in a Balloon, A Brandenburg Autumn and Two Songs for an Uncertain Age.

Other current/ recent sessions include The Brentano String Quartet recording Night Songs for a Desert Flower and Flexensemble of Hannover, Germany, a group which won the 2013 Robert and Clara Schumann Chamber Music Prize, recording The King of the Sun as a part of their award. Notably, this will be the third recording released for this work, one of Hartke’s most performed chamber works.

On the horizon, Jennifer Frautschi and John Blacklow received a grant from the Aaron Copland Fund to include Hartke’s Netsuke for violin and piano on a CD to be released by Albany. Hartke heads to Princeton later this month to supervise the recording session. For more information about Stephen Hartke and his music, contact Keiser Classical.