We are the Veles Ensemble, a classical string trio based in London exploring rarely heard masterpieces as well as bringing the classics to life and onto the concert stage. The trio is also committed to promoting new compositions and contemporary music: they recently recorded their debut CD with chamber music by British composer Steve Elcock which was released on the “Toccata Classics” label in December 2018. You can read more about us on our website: www.velesensemble.com
The recording project:
Despite Egon Wellesz's high status as one of the most important composers of the 20th century, his works are still underrepresented in concert performances. Notwithstanding an increased interest in Wellesz's music lately, for example with the publication of the complete nine symphonies with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (published in 2008), a number of chamber music works are still unrecorded.
The project of Toccata Classics in collaboration with the Veles Ensemble tries to close part of this gap in the Wellesz discography. The ensemble works in close contact with the Egon Wellesz Fund. Thus, the not yet published sheet music of the revised version of the four pieces for string trio Op.115 was provided.
The Austrian Wellesz Fund http://www.egonwellesz.at/ has promised to support the project with a sum of 3000 €. However, to make the recoding sessions, audio editing and CD production on the Toccata Classics Label happen, we need additional funds. Together with your support we will be able to realise this project and bring to life some of Wellesz' fascinating sound world with this CD.
The following works are planned for the CD recording:
1) Four Pieces for String Trio Op.105 - Revised Version (1971) (First recordings, sheet music not yet published) 20min
2) Four Pieces for String Trio Op.105 - Version 1 (1969) (First recording) 20min
3) String Trio Op. 86 (1962) (only available as antique LP, not available any more) 16min
4) Quintet Op.81 (1959) for clarinet (B), 2 violins, viola and cello (first recording) 14min
5) Four Pieces for String Quartet Op.103 (1968) (first recording) 13min
Total time about 83min.