Roman Mints Release New Recording DANCE OF SHADOWS Today
Passionate, provocative, and avant-garde with an extraordinary creative energy, Roman Mints is one of the most original violinists of his generation. The newest release by the multi-award-winning Russian violinist is Dance of Shadows, featuring an innovative program of music by Ysaÿe, Piazzolla, Schnittke, Silverstrov and a world premiere by Dobrinka Tabakova. Mints is critically-acclaimed for his previous recordings for the Quartz label and ECM Records.
Dance of Shadows features the premiere of Dobrinka Tabakova's Spinning a Yarn (2011), for violin and Russian Hurdy-Gurdy (kolesnaya lira), written especially by the composer for Roman as a gift to his then unborn twins, Eva and Ilya.Kolesnaya lira is a simple version of the western hurdy-gurdy; in Russia it was most often used to accompany the singing of spiritual poetry by beggars and vagrants. Mints' kolesnaya lira was specially made for him by Moscow craftsman Alexandr Zhukovsky and on this recording he plays both instruments using multi-tracking. Spinning a Yarnis part of a continuing collaboration between these Conservatory colleagues. (Mints also plays on Tabakova's 2014 Grammy-Nominated album, String Paths.)
The new recording premieres the use of Spatial Orchestration, a concept created by Roman Mints to give the listener a unique understanding of each track. To find the right sound for each piece of music, Roman has used different placings of the microphone, as well as moving his instrument around the studio, allowing his personal interpretation to enhance the final experience.
The use of spatial orchestration offered a solution to the puzzle of the Ysaÿe Sonata No 2 in A minor, op. 27 (1923), a work Mints had studied since his college days with Felix Andriyevsky. Over the years he would return to it, trying to pin down something he felt but could never manage to express on the violin. In the first movement, Obsession, Ysaÿe famously quotes Bach's Preludio from the Partita No. 3; this is the soil from which the obsession grows and, at the end, Bach's theme mingles with Ysaÿe's own material. It was obvious to Mints that the appearances of the "delusion" - the Bach theme - should create the feeling of delirium or hallucinations in the mind of the protagonist. One day it came to Mints that, instead of fruitlessly trying to create the effect of sounds coming from somewhere far off, thesource of the sound itself needed to move. He put his idea to sound engineer Maria Soboleva and finally achieved his desired result in October 2012 in Studio No. 1 of GDRZ in Moscow: "I moved around the studio, clambered up onto the balcony and the choir stalls, and managed to produce the exact effect I had heard in my mind's ear for many years".