Views from Ararat
For many years Rebekka Hartmann has shared a profound chamber music friendship with the pianist Margarita Oganesjan. The Hartmann-Oganesjan Duo has performed at concerts all over the world.
Their CD “Views from Ararat” released by the Farao Classics label in April, 2015, is a masterly achievement in two respects. Firstly, the classical music of Turkish and Armenian composers seems to have been made to measure for the two musicians, doubtless because of their Eastern roots. And secondly, their artistic concept has resulted in an album that makes a strong musical statement in the face of the smouldering political conflict at the foot of the Biblical mountain.
In summer 2012 the violinists Rebekka Hartmann and Malwina Sosnowski went on stage and played together at the Davos “Young Artist in Concert” Festival. As a result of this cooperation the two musicians started looking for a repertoire for the rarely cast violin duo and violin duo with piano. Their search lead to a CD recording at the Swiss label Musiques Suisses in 2015 in cooperation with the Swiss Radio broadcasting station. They recorded the “Silhouettes” and “Sieben kleine Tondichtungen”, the complete works for violin duo and piano of the Russian/Swiss composer Paul Juon (1872‒1940). This marks the beginning of the cooperation of the Cologne pianist Benyamin Nuss. Diverse miniatures from the “Bizzarerie” and the “Chant d’amour” to the “Pastoral” form part of the recording. Having completed the musical delights of this extraordinary composer the trio has also played another repertoire with Slavic backgrounds: Duos by Bohuslav Martinu, the Sonata for Two Violins by Sergej Prokofiev and five works by Dimitri Shostakovich for two violins and piano, interspersed with the works by Paul Juon and presented as “Mail from the East”.