works drawn from the past

Robert Schumann, Chen Yi, Manuel de Falla, Fant de Kanter, Tan Dun

Julia was awarded the Concertgebouw Orchestra’s Prix de Salon prize in 2016. Her prize-winning CD, “Origins”, came out on the Etcetera label in 2019. About the works on this CD, Julia writes:

‘On this CD, I have chosen works by composers drawing from the folk music traditions of their own cultures of origin. Each of the cultures represented here is also of personal significance to me, whether by virtue of ancestral background, a passport acquired, a feeling of kinship, or more than a decade of life lived. It is thus music that also reflects my own origins, after a lifetime lived between an ever-growing collection of cultures.’

‘In researching this CD, I got to meet and speak with people from folk cultures around the world. I asked everyone on what occasions people in their communities made music. And I heard from everyone the same answer: whenever people gathered together, they made music. I believe now that making music lies deep in our human roots. That the sheer joy it gives people to make music has helped us thrive through the ages. That making music “in folk style” – without judgment, out of the spirit of the moment – is part of all of our origins.’

  • R. Schumann, Fünf Stücke im Volkston Op. 102 – Stark und markiert 00:00
  • Chen Yi, Memory for solo cello 00:00
  • M. de Falla, Siete Canciones Populares Españolas, Nana 00:00

Julia Tom, cello | Mirsa Adami, piano | Izhar Elias, guitar | Karin Strobos, mezzo-soprano |  Marijn Mijnders, violin |  Anna de Veij-Mestdagh, violin II | Saeko Oguma, viola | Chanyuan Zhao, guzheng

Etcetera Records KTC 1654, 01/10/2019