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Thomas de Hartmann Rediscovered, featuring Joshua Bell, is available from July 2024 on Pentatone. This important new album showcases the glowing, cinematic violin and cello concertos of Ukrainian composer Thomas de Hartmann. Bell recorded the Violin Concerto in Warsaw with Dalia Stasevska conducting the INSO-Lviv Symphony Orchestra. The work is coupled with the composer’s Cello Concerto, recorded by cellist Matt Haimovitz and the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Dennis Russell Davies.

The Thomas de Hartmann Project (TdHP) was initiated in 2006 by pianist Elan Sicroff and Robert Fripp. Utilizing recordings, performances, writings, videos and lectures, TdHP aims to preserve and recover de Hartmann’s musical legacy and rightful place in the classical repertoire.

Bell said:

“I received the score for the De Hartmann Violin Concerto several years ago from Efrem Marder who has made it his mission to bring this composer’s music to today’s audiences. As I started exploring the concerto, I was immediately struck by the depth of emotion it conveys, and I was astonished that such a powerful work could have escaped me and most classical music listeners until now. This violin concerto is both heart-wrenching and uplifting, and is as gripping and relevant today as it was when it was composed in 1943.

“I have been seeking the appropriate partners to help me bring this masterpiece to life, and I have found them in the Ukrainian based INSO-Lviv Orchestra and Dalia Stasevska, a conductor who has approached the work with the sincerity and gravitas that it deserves. Thanks to this project, I am hopeful that Thomas de Hartmann’s music may touch the hearts of many more people, both in his homeland of Ukraine and around the world.”

Thomas de Hartmann is available now on pentatonemusic.com. It will be released on CD and for streaming and download in August 2024.

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Watch:  Thomas de Hartmann Rediscovered

TRACK LIST
Thomas de Hartmann (1884-1956)
Violin Concerto, Op. 66 (1943)
1I. Largo – Allegro
2 II. Andante
3 III. Menuet fantasque (Tempo do Minuetto)
4 IV. Finale. Vivace

Joshua Bell violin
INSO-Lviv Symphony Orchestra
Dalia Stasevska conductor

Cello Concerto, Op. 57 (1935)
5 I. Allegro con brio
6 II. Andante. Solenne
7 III. Finale. Allegro ma non troppo

Matt Haimovitz cello
MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
Dennis Russell Davies conductor

Joshu Bell inset photo: Shervin Lainez