Paula Robison, flute

Paula Robison (born June 8, 1941) is a flutist and music teacher. Robison was recognized early as one of the great solo flutists of her generation, at a time when few if any had careers outside an orchestra. Her broad education, however, developed in the highly cultivated and morally conscious family environment she grew up in and in her training with outstanding teachers, has given her a passion for theater, dance, and all the arts, as well as a humanistic perspective on music and the instrument she plays. Ms. Robison puts this to work in her teaching and in her collaborative work with contemporary music groups like Argento New Music and in museum contexts. WIKIPEDIA

VIDEO: Paula Robison, flute - "Voliere" from Carnival of the Animals 

Phantasm, quartet of viols


Phantasm, a quartet of viols founded in 1994, catapulted into international prominence when its debut CD won a Gramophone Award for the Best Baroque Instrumental Recording of 1997. Since then, they have become recognised as the most exciting viol consort active on the world scene today.


VIDEO: BRQ Vantaa festival 2013. Phantasm: William Lawes - Sett in F a5 (Pavan)

Ensemble Schumann


 Pianist Sally Pinkas, viola player Steve Larson, and oboist Thomas Gallant have played the world’s finest concert hall separately; together they’re even better. Their debut recording features works by Loeffler, Klughardt, Schumann, and Kahn Pinkas is pianist-in-residence at the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College Gallant is one of the world’s few virtuoso solo and chamber music performers on the oboe Originally from Canada, Larson teaches at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford


VIDEO: Robert Schumann-Marchenerzahlungen, Op. 132 I. Lebhaft, nicht zu schnell performed by Ensemble Schumann



The Gryphon Trio is a Canadian classical music ensemble that has been nominated for several and has won two Juno Awards for its classical recordings released by the Analekta label. Its members are Annalee Patipatanakoon (violin), Roman Borys (cello) and Jamie Parker (piano).     WIKIPEDIA

 VIDEO: Antonin Dvořák Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90 "Dumky" Lento maestoso/Allegro vivace, quasi doppio movimento 

James Ehnes and Andrew Armstrong Richard Strauss's Violin Sonata

The Violin Sonata in E-flat, Op. 18 was written by Richard Strauss between 1887-1888. Although not considered a milestone in violin literature, it is frequently performed and recorded. It is often noted for its lyrical beauty and its technical demands made on both violinist and pianist. Strauss had just met his future wife Pauline de Ahna when he embarked on writing his sonata in 1887, and this movement seems imbued with serenity and tenderness. It's taken from a new recording on Onyx Classics of sonatas by Franck and Strauss, featuring regular duo partners violinist James Ehnes and pianist Andrew Armstrong. 'Ehnes and Armstrong make the slow movement the work's emotional heart, capturing its Mendelssohnian wistfulness to perfection,' writes Julian Haylock. The Improvisation: Andante cantabile middle movement of Richard Strauss's Violin Sonata has been added to the playlist of Music For A Small Room on Internet radio stream WIKIPEDIA

VIDEO: Richard Strauss : Violin Sonata in E flat major, Op.18 Ginette Neveu (Violin) 

Martinu String Quartet

The Martinů Quartet (Czech: Kvarteto Martinů) is a Czech string quartet ensemble founded in 1976, originally under the name Havlák Quartet by students of Professor Viktor Moučka at the Prague Conservatory. In 1985, with the approval of the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation, the quartet assumed its present name Martinů Quartet, pledging to promote the chamber music of Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů. The quartet specialises in the works of Czech composers such as Smetana, Dvořák and Janáček, and especially the works of Bohuslav Martinů. They perform regularly at the Prague Spring Festival as well as concerts in many European Countries, the United States, Canada and Japan. The quartet also teaches chamber music performance at two annual chamber music workshops in the Czech Republic, which are open to both amateur and professional musicians.


  WIKIPEDIA Just added to our "Music for a Small Room" station playlist is Allegretto-Scherzando from Taneyev's String Quintet in C major, Op. 16. It's played by the Martinů Quartet and cellist Jiři Bárta on their new recording of the Russian composer's complete quintets for the Supraphon label. 'The string quintets emerge as near-orchestral giants,' writes critic David Nice in the June issue of BBC Music Magazine, 'I was knocked for six by these two works.' Written between 1903-04, the C major Quintet No. 2 was premiered in Leipzig in 1905. At around 40 minutes long, it's a large-scale piece cast in four movements, with an extra viola added to the usual string quartet line-up. The lively third movement 'teems with various tempos,' says booklet note writer Pravoslav Kohout, 'evoking mazurka, minuet, waltz and scherzo elements'.


Ciompi Quartet

The Ciompi Quartet is a string quartet at Duke University where they were founded in 1965 by Italian violinist Giorgio Ciompi. The Quartet has produced twelve recordings since 1991. All members of the Quartet are Duke professors.Web Site They have performed both in the U.S. and abroad, visiting places such as Texas, China, Germany, Serbia and more. VIDEO: The Ciompi Quartet was founded at Duke University in 1965 by the renowned Italian violinist Giorgio Ciompi. All its members are professors at Duke and play a leading role in its cultural life, in addition to traveling widely throughout the year for performances. In a career that includes many hundreds of concerts and spans five continents, the Ciompi Quartet has developed a reputation for performances of real intelligence and musical sophistication, and for a warm, unified sound that is enhanced by each player's strong individual voice. With a maturity and insight born of wide experience, the Ciompi Quartet projects the heart and soul of the music, in a repertoire that ranges from well-known masterpieces to works by today's most communicative composers.


Die Reihe Ensemble

The ensemble Die Reihe was founded in 1958 by Friedrich Cerha and Kurt Schwertsik in Vienna. It is one of the most traditional ensembles for contemporary music in Europe. The name associated with the twelve-tone row. Their programs include chamber music of all styles since 1900, with special emphasis on the Second Viennese School of Arnold Schoenberg , Alban Berg and Anton Webern , as well as all important artistic works since 1945. In addition to serving the Viennese concert series since the early 1960s, the ensemble regularly performs at leading international avant-garde festivals: the Berlin Festival , the Holland Festival, the Warsaw Autumn , the festival Styrian Autumn , the biennials in Venice and Zagreb, musica viva Munich, Hamburg and at the Music of Time, Cologne.
  Ensemble Die Reihe, website

 VIDEO: Das Ensemble "die reihe", spielt im Hotel Post, Kindberg, anlässlich der "Mürztaler Werkstatt 1984