Anna Petrova

Carr-Petrova Duo

Novel Voices

Works by Clarke, Weinberg, Khachaturian, Arroyo Lascurain

Carr-Petrova Duo 'Novel Voices'
Artists: Molly Carr, Anna Petrova
Label: Melos Records
Release: 2019

Within this album live several novel voices, and they are novel for many different reasons. Khachaturian, the Armenian working in Moscow, who emerged victorious from the shackles of official state censorship; Clarke, a British female composer working in the United States, who – whilst writing in a male-dominated world – gifted the planet with a sonata for viola and piano that has become one the masterpieces of the century and an icon of this noblest of instruments, despite being one that is constantly at the mercy of the violin’s shadow; Weinberg, a Polish Jew in Soviet Russia, doubly marginalized by virtue of both his Jewishness and his Polishness, forced to displace himself to another country because his own was occupied by the Nazis (who murdered his sister and parents), writing music that showed us all that one’s ethnic roots alongside one’s pains and joys could be turned into powerful art. And lastly, Fernando Arroyo Lascurain’s piece, Novel Voices, a unique composition inspired by our travels through the Novel Voices Refugee Aid Project into refugee camps and support programs in the US, Europe, and the Middle East – during which we performed concerts and workshops, as well as listened to, learned from, documented, and recorded the stories of our refugee audience members. Lascurain used our conversations and encounters as the basis for an original musical composition, giving the project’s refugee participants and their stories a novel musical voice.

"Top Album of 2020 and Seal of Superior Quality"
Coladario Magazine
"Top 10 recommended albums of the month"
Ritmo Magazine
"This is one of the most successful recitals for viola and piano to have ever come my way! […] Powerful, technically perfect and musically involving […] of huge integrity and expertise."
Colin Clarke,
Fanfare Magazine
"This is a recording to have and to hold dear."
Jerry Dubins,
Fanfare Magazine
"The music was superbly chosen and performed with technical brilliance and complete emotional engagement. […] one of the most compelling viola-piano recitals I have ever encountered.[…] This is a singularly lovely and engaging disc."
Henry Fogel,
Fanfare Magazine
Carr-Petrova Duo 'Novel Voices'