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Ellen Jewett: Turkish Music for Solo Violin

By Ellen Jewett

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By Ellen Jewett. By Ahmet Adnan Saygun, Mahir Cetiz, and Onur Turkmen. Classical. CD. Naxos #8579043. Published by Naxos (NX.8579043).

Item Number: NX.8579043

Acclaimed violinist Ellen Jewett's explorations of Turkey's musical traditions led to her discovery of Saygun's Partita, a dense and expressive sister to Bartok's solo sonata that weaves a beautiful tapestry of colors by combining a rich Romanticism with traditional folk elements. Onur Turkmen's Beautiful and Unowned is inspired by the unique dreamlike atmosphere of Cappadocia, while Mahir Cetiz's Soliloquy is a monologue that ranges from cries to whispers. Both of these recent works were commissioned by Ellen Jewett, and the entire programme was recorded in the unique acoustics of a hand-carved Cappadocian cavern. Ellen Jewett has enjoyed a varied career, performing in major concert halls worldwide. She was a member of the prize-winning Audubon Quartet for eleven years, which was critically acclaimed by The New York Times. As an advocate for new music, Jewett has worked with many composers and performed countless premieres. Other chamber music collaborations include performances with Yo Yo Ma, Maxim Vengerov, Colin Carr, Johannes Moser and Idil Biret.

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