THE RODS are marking their 30th Anniversary as a band with their first new album since 1986. VENGEANCE will be released on May 10 via Niji Entertainment Group. The first single from the album entitled The Code features guest vocals by RONNIE JAMES DIO, in one of his final recorded performances. Dio's cousin David 'Rock' Feinstein fronts THE RODS.
Weber’s chamber music – just these three pieces if you don’t count the duos – clearly shows him on the cusp between Classical and Romantic. The Quartet for piano and strings, written in his early twenties between 1807 and 1809, begins with a Haydnesque gracefulness and politeness which is gradually invaded by more unruly harmonies and textures; the dramatic slow movement looks ahead to Schumann, while the closing fugue of the finale dresses 18th-century procedures in 19th-century colours. Then there’s the element of virtuosity which is a hallmark of the early Romantic era, in the showy piano part of the Quartet, which Weber wrote for himself, the concerto-like clarinet part in the Quintet with strings, designed for the pioneering Heinrich Baermann, and all three parts of the tuneful Trio for flute, cello and piano. The talented members of the pan-European Gaudier Ensemble are perfectly equipped to convey these different aspects of Weber’s musical personality, with the fleet-fingered pianist Susan Tomes leading the way in the Quartet and Trio, and Richard Hosford in the Clarinet Quintet recalling contemporary descriptions of Baermann’s own effortless brilliance.
Véritable réaction au néoclassicisme envahissant le XIXe siècle, le romantisme marqua une réelle fracture intellectuelle. Rencontré dans les textes de Victor Hugo, de Lord Byron, ce courant s'exprima en peinture dans la touche d'Eugène Delacroix, de Caspar David Friedrich ou de William Blake. En sculpture, François Rude montra le chemin de cette nouvelle liberté artistique, dotant ses réalisations de mouvements et d'expressions qui étaient jusque-là inconnus. …