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Danae Dörken, Caroline Goulding
Caroline Goulding

The GRAMMY-nominated violinist and rising star pianist join forces on a new album released on ARS - distributed in the US by Naxos - July 29

New York City recital September 9 at Steinway Hall 

Recently released in Europe, the album just secured a nomination for the prestigious Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik 

For nearly a decade, the virtuoso violinist Caroline Goulding has performed with the world’s premier orchestras, in recital and on record, blossoming from the “precociously gifted” (Gramophone) child who made her solo debut with the Cleveland Orchestra at age 13 to “a skilled violinist well on her way to an important career” (Washington Post). Now, on July 29th, 2016 the German label ARS will release Caroline’s first new recording since her GRAMMY-nominated and chart-topping 2009 debut, released when the violinist was just 16. Joining Caroline on this album featuring Schumann’s Sonata, no. 2, Enescu’s Suite in D major, op. 28, Impressions d’enfance, and Dvorák’s Romantic Pieces is pianist Danae Dörken, recently named BBC Music Magazine’s Rising Star for July 2016 and described by German newspaper Die Welt as "a poet on the piano". Caroline and Danae celebrate the release of the new album with a recital at New York’s Steinway Hall on September 9, 2016.
In programming the new album, Caroline and Danae considered works that juxtapose dark and light, and reflect the cyclical nature of one’s inner and outer lives. Robert Schumann’s second Sonata for violin and piano in d minor, op. 121, was written immediately after his first – in 1851. The sonata is perceived as dark, passionate and obscure and has been linked to his severe illness, along with his other late works for violin. “Schumann’s Sonata no. 2 is particularly dramatic, dynamic, and resolute in spirit” Caroline says of the final work on the album. “The beauty of this work and of Schumann’s works in general is his ability to create the most contrastingly insular, intimate and touching themes of any composer I have ever come across. His ability to creep into one’s soul and touch its most dark and shadowy corners, and then turn the corner to allow light through those cracks of darkness is his genius.
In her articulate liner notes for the album, Caroline explains the connections between the works on the album. “What binds Schumann’s Sonata no. 2 and Enescu’s Impressions together is their definitive reflection of the introverted aspects of human life and how those aspects reflect one’s outward reality. Through the emotional world that Schumann brings to life and the conceptual world that Enescu’s young narrator evokes, one can start to understand the nature and complexities of the human psyche, collectively and individually and how the two intercede one another. One sees the conceptual simplicity and brilliance of the child’s first instinctive and visceral impressions of his outer world while Schumann brings to the forefront the emotional complexities of the human soul that the toils and storms of life bring with it. To mediate between these two works, Dvorák’s Romantic Pieces beautifully interpret the moderation between the conceptual and emotional world. Not to say that either is ever separate from the other, or that Enescu is merely expressing concepts and Schumann is expressing emotion. Perhaps one is more of service to the other which reflects the growing complexity of the human psyche as it matures from child to adult.”