‘Under the stars’ is an album that harks back to a forgotten era. A golden period of virtuosic violinists epitomised a romantic and sentimental mood that was prevalent in the early years of the twentieth century. It is now one hundred years since the declaration of ‘the war to end all wars’ – a war that in many ways shattered a softness and unashamedly expressive age giving rise to a reactionary modernist aesthetic that has come to define the 20th century. I have chosen a selection of charming shorts that were staple encores for the great violinists touring the world at that time. I grew up listening to this repertoire and in many ways this collection is a tribute to those wonderful artists who inspired me from such a long time ago. Perhaps on a deeper level it is also a tribute to a world that ceased to exist after the horrors of the First World War and the millions of lives taken in the process.

I have tried to capture the charm and individuality that is so characteristic of the old recordings I love. These pieces allow a certain freedom to be expressive with sound, shiftings and vibrato that made players like Kreisler, Hubay or Joachim so unique. There is an intimacy and deeply personal aspect to these little pieces that I am so excited to be able to share.  Charlie Siem

‘Under The Stars’ will be released from Sony Classical in Germany on September the 19th & in the UK on September the 22nd.

Cover photo by Gilles-Marie Zimmermann