Aurore Dassesse & Aveline Gram – The Balmoral Recording 2015
Works by: Brahms, Cassado, Paganini, Piazolla & Popper
Aurore Dassesse was born in Brussels in 1991. She began playing the cello at the age of seven, studying with I.Laporev and Hélène Dautry. In 2009 she entered her class in the CRR of Paris and later studied with Justus Grimm at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel and at the Conservatorium of Antwerpen.
Aurore has won several national competitions including the “Young Musicians” RTBF the Breughel and the Belfius. In November 2012 she was selected “Young Belgian Talent 2013-15”. Today Aurore is studying with Gustav Rivinius at the Musik Hochschule of Saarbrücken in Germany and is the cellist in the Ensembl’Arenski with her sister Claire Dassesse (violin) and Stephanie Proot (piano). Arenski have been studying at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel under the direction of the Artemis Quartet.
On this recording, Aurore plays a cello made by “Gand et Bernardel Frères” in Paris in 1880. Her bow was also made in France by Joseph Alfred Lamy (1850-1919).
Aveline Gram was born in Belgium in 1990. She was accepted into the Royal Conservatory of Brussels at the age of 16 under the exceptional status of ‘Young Talent’, entering the classes of Mr. Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden. She gave her first concert as a soloist with orchestra at the tender age of 13 and has since then performed in the main concert halls of France, Italy, Germany and Belgium.
Apart from attending several master classes in and around Europe, Aveline was accepted in the “Scuola di Musica di Fiesole” (Italy) in 2011 where she followed a 3-years postgraduate course with Prof. Elisso Virssaladze. Today Aveline is a student at the “Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien” in Hannover (Germany) with Prof. Markus Becker; and Prof. Jan Philip Schulze for Lied interpretation.
Aveline was selected as the first ‘Young Belgian Talent’ prodigy in 2010.
On this recording Aveline is playing a Steinway B.
Anyone who has ever had the privilege to experience a great performance right up close, knows just how exhilarating it can be. It is for this reason that the recording was kept as vibrant and as real as possible. To do this, we used a very simple two microphone placement technique to cover 90% of the work. With no compression, over dubbing, frequency equalization or other trickery, what you hear on this CD is the outcome of what Aurore and Aveline recorded over four days in July, 2015. Only a hint of reverberation has been added to ensure that we have captured the naturally occurring acoustics of the music room of the Chateau Balmoral in Spa, Belgium.
Aurore Dassesse and Aveline Gram’s performances demonstrate two young people playing in the full throws of their creative development. Their unique blend of craftsmanship with passion and sensitivity allows the true depth of the composers’ work to be revealed in new and refreshing ways.
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897): Sonata for Piano and Cello in E minor Op. 38
1. Allegro non troppo 11:13
2. Allegretto quasi Menuetto 5:48
3. Allegro 6:46
Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
4. Le Grand Tango 11:22
David Popper (1843-1913)
5. Hungarian Rhapsody Op 68 8:14
Gaspar Cassado (1897-1966):Suite for cello solo
6. Preludio-Fantasia 6:17
7. Sardana (Danza) 2:15
8. Intermezzo E Danza Finale 5:55
Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840)
9. Variations on one string (on a theme by Rossini) 9:05