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CD release: Stephen Waarts plays Schumann and Bart贸k

Rising-star violinist Stephen Waarts marks recording debut with beguiling programme of Schumann and Bart贸k for Rubicon Classics label (release date: Nov 30, 2018)

Heartfelt conviction and deep artistic faith inspired Stephen Waarts to choose the programme for his solo debut disc. The 22-year-old Dutch-American violinist, a prize-winning finalist at the 2015 Queen Elisabeth Competition, was determined to record works by his two favourite composers. His new album for Rubicon Classics, made in company with pianist Gabriele Carcano, is scheduled for release in November 2018. It presents the unusual yet compelling coupling of Schumann鈥檚 Violin Sonata No.1 in A minor Op.105 and Three Romances Op.94 with Bart贸k鈥檚 Violin Sonata No.1 and Bart贸k and Joseph Szigeti鈥檚 arrangements for violin and piano of Hungarian Folk Tunes.

鈥淪chumann and Bart贸k are two of my favourite composers,鈥 notes Stephen Waarts. 鈥淢y first instinct was to go with this programme. Rubicon鈥檚 director, Matthew Cosgrove, understood just how close these composers are to my heart. I believe they have much more in common than appears at first sight and that their music reveals things about both men when heard in the same programme.鈥

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