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Solitude – Michal Stahel

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Solo compositions for baroque cello recorded in natural acoustic space

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Michal Stahel – baroque cello

Michal Stahel was born into a musical family in Bratislava. He started playing the cello at the age of six. After graduating from Bratislava Conservatory, he continued to study the cello at the Royal College in London, music universities in Vienna, Mannheim and Conservatoire Supérieur CNR in Paris. He won the first prize at competition of Slovak conservatories in 1997, a year later becoming a finalist of international competition Eurovision Grand Prix in Vienna, and winning international competition Talent of the Year in Prague in 1999. In 2000 he became a finalist of the TIJI Unesco competition in Lisbon and received the prize of music critics at the Central European Music Festival of Concert Art in Žilina. Later, he was several times awarded scholarships of Solti Foundation, scholarship of French Government and Academia Montis Regalis. His solo career includes performances with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, Prague Chamber Philharmonic, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Košice Philharmonic Orchestra, Žilina Chamber Orchestra and Bohdan Warchal Chamber Orchestra. He has collaborated with conductors such as Andrew Parrott, Dennis Russel Davies, James Judd, Jiří Bělohlávek, Oliver Dohnányi and Mario Košík.

Since 2006 he has been regularly performing with Slovak ensembles of ancient music Solamente Naturali and Musica Aeterna, which completely changed his artistic and

musical direction towards the so-called “historically informed performance”. In recent years Stahel has been mostly involved in performing music of the 17th and 18th century. His knowledge in this field has been positively influenced by several master classes, workshops and regular lessons with the famous baroque violinist and former leader of Musica Antiqua, Reinhard Goebel, gambist Lorenz Duftschmidt, 18th century clarinet player Lorenzo Coppola, members of the Freiburger Barockorchester ensemble and baroque cello player and musicologist Marc Vanscheeuwijck. Stahel closely cooperates with personalities of ancient music, such as Steven Stubbs, Skip Sempé, Simon Standage, Amandine Bayer, Ricardo Minasi, Enrico Onofri, Martin Haselböck, Marek Štryncl, Miloš Valent and Peter Zajíček. He regularly performs with ensembles Freiburger Barockorchester, Wiener Akademie,

Ensemble 1756, L’Eclisse, Das Neue Orchester, Capriccio Stravagante, Haydn Sinfonietta Wien, Academia Montis Regalis, Collegium Marianum Prague, Solamente Naturali and Musica Aeterna.

Stahel plays a restored valuable baroque violoncello made by Anthony Posch in Vienna in 1720, which has been kindly lent to him by Esterházy Foundation Eisenstadt.

1 Michal Stahel – Arpeggio in G * Praeludium for violoncello solo in scordatura, 2011 11’49

2 Domenico Gabrielli (1651-1690) Ricercar No. 7 in D minor from „Ricercari per il Violoncello“, Ms. Musica G. 79, Bologna 1689 8’49

Domenico Galli (1649-1697) – Sonata No. 2 in G minor from „Trattenimento musicale sopra il Violoncello a solo“, Parma 1691

3 [Grave. Allegro] 2’53

4 [Largo] 1’15

5 [Gigue] 1’18

6 [Presto. Largo] 1’04

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) 6’21 – Suite No. 5 for Violoncello Solo in C minor, BWV 1011

7 Prélude 6’21

8 Allemande 4’42

9 Courante 2’18

10 Sarabande 3’08

11 Gavotte I, Gavotte II, Gavotte I da capo 4’27

12 Gigue 2’25

13 Joseph Marie Clemens Dall’Abaco (1710-1805) – Capriccio No. 1 in C minor – Capriccio No. 5 B-flat major – Capriccio No. 1 in C minor from „11 Capricci per violoncello solo“, Ms, I-Mc 6’29

14 Michal Stahel – Song of solitude *, 2012 8’14

Francesco Paolo Supriano (Scipriani) (1678-1753)

15 Toccata No. 8 in G minor (Diminutive version) * 3’09

16 Sonata No. 11 in B minor ( Diminutive version) * 2’38

17 Toccata No. 10 in D minor ( Diminutive version) * 2’48

from „12 Toccate per violoncello solo“, I-Nc and „Sonate a due Violoncelli“, MS 9607

18 Michal Stahel – La folia * 7 Variations in d mol for Violoncello Solo, 2011 5’03

* World premiere recording

Recorded in the Concert hall of the Imrich Csáky Castle in Veľký Biel, Slovakia 1-6 October 2012

Sound: © Rostislav Pavlík, 2012

Photos: © Mária Švarbová (Aria Baró Photography), 2012 (Michal Stahel)

© Gerlinde Reuterrer, 2008-2012 (Cello restoration)

Design: © Monika Šalgová, 2012

By buying this CD you get the chance to download free version of this recording in higher quality (5 channel stereo version in FLAC format).


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