About Singles & Doubles
Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina
Felix Mendelssohn – Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra in D Minor MWV O4
Felix Mendelssohn – Concerto for Violin in D Minor
Joseph Haydn – Concerto for Violin, Piano and Strings in F Major, Hob. XVIII:6
Johann Nepomuk Hummel – Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra in G Major, Op. 17
This project began with the desire to record a CD featuring the double concertos for solo violin, solo piano and strings by Joseph Haydn and Felix Mendelssohn. We hoped to shine a light on these oft-neglected works that are not currently a part of the standard concerto repertoire but certainly deserve to be.
While in the early stages of the project, we discovered two additional works perfect for this collection: a lesser-known Mendelssohn concerto in D minor for violin and strings, and another double concerto for violin, piano and orchestra by Johann Nepomuk Hummel.
We were also fortunate enough to discover a score of the Mendelssohn double concerto for violin, piano and FULL orchestra in a German library, re-orchestrated by the composer during the last years of his life to include 12 winds and timpani. We immediately decided to include this fully orchestrated version on the CD, as our research indicated there have only been three previous recordings of this expanded edition.
Solomiya Ivakhiv, violin
Ukrainian-American violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv is known internationally for her work as a soloist and chamber musician. She is Head of Strings at the University of Connecticut, Professor of Violin at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, and Artistic Director of the “Music at the Institute” (MATI) Concert Series in New York City.
Antonio Pompa-Baldi, piano
Italian-American pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi was winner of the Cleveland Competition in 1999, and top prize winner of the 1998 Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud and 2001 Van Cliburn competitions. He is a Steinway Artist and a member of the piano faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Theodore Kuchar, conductor
Theodore Kuchar is an internationally renowned, multiple award-winning Ukrainian-American conductor who appears on over 100 recordings for the Naxos, Brilliant Classics, Ondine, and Marco Polo labels. He is Music Director of the Reno Chamber Orchestra, conductor Laureate of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, and Principal Conductor of the Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina.
Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina
Founded in 1974 as the only ‘Classical period’ chamber orchestra in Slovakia, the Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina is one of the best known professional orchestras in Eastern Europe and holds an important position in Slovak musical life. Its 34 members are graduates of major Czech and Slovak music academies and many are winners of international competitions and active both as soloists and chamber musicians.
Singles & Doubles – Haydn and Mendelssohn Concertos
The music for this project was recorded November 15-19, 2017 in Ziliny, Slovakia, home of the Slovak Sinfonietta. The final product will be two CDs, both released in 2018. Singles and Doubles – Mendelssohn Concertos will feature both Mendelssohn concertos on the Brilliant Classics Label, while the Haydn and Hummel concertos will be released on a second album by Centaur records.