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Vi­olin­ist Baiba Skride in­tro­duces us to three rar­i­ties from her record col­lec­tion

Ar­riaga String Quar­tet No. 3

Me­los String Quar­tet

SWR 10282

The Span­ish com­poser Ar­riaga died re­ally young – he was only 19. This quar­tet is so­phis­ti­cated and beau­ti­ful. It makes you won­der, if he had lived a bit longer, what kind of pieces he would have writ­ten, or how his mu­sic would have come to life. I was search­ing Spo­tify for some new things and I thought ‘wow, this is in­cred­i­ble’. In the Third Quar­tet he uses tremolo to por­tray a storm; it’s very clev­erly writ­ten – like a mix­ture be­tween Mozart and Schu­bert – but the sound is fresh. It’s very clas­si­cal, but with his own lan­guage.

Erd­mann Sym­phony No. 1

Saar­brücken Ra­dio Sym­phony Orches­tra/is­rael Yi­non

Koch-swann 3-6572-2

Ed­uard Erd­mann was born in Latvia, but taught in Germany and died in Ham­burg. He has an amaz­ing range of com­po­si­tions in­clud­ing a solo vi­o­lin sonata, which is how I came upon him. It’s mod­ern, com­plex mu­sic, but it has a beau­ti­ful sym­phonic lan­guage. Erd­mann left his teach­ing post in Cologne be­cause he didn’t agree with what the Ger­mans were do­ing. It af­fected him, and his later com­po­si­tions are much darker, par­tic­u­larly his Sym­phony No. 4.

Rózsa Sin­fo­nia Con­cer­tante

Raphael Wall­fisch (cello), Philippe Graf­fin (vi­o­lin); BBC Con­cert Orches­tra/barry Wordsworth

Alto ALC 1274

Rózsa’s Sin­fo­nia Con­cer­tante for Vi­o­lin and Cello is won­der­ful. There’s a beau­ti­ful sec­ond move­ment, which is a theme with vari­a­tions and por­trays the cello part so well. It has such beau­ti­ful melodies, is full of en­ergy and – like his Vi­o­lin Con­certo

– he was in­flu­enced by his film mu­sic­mak­ing. If you look at his film mu­sic, its mas­ter­ful­ness has noth­ing to do with whether it was used for film or not. He was a fan of Bartók and you can hear the Hun­gar­ian in­flu­ences, but he’s such an in­cred­i­ble com­poser.

Baibe Skride per­forms on a new al­bum of works by Heino Eller, out now on On­dine

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