Spohr: Violin Duets, Vol. 1 Jameson Cooper & James Dickenson
- Louis Spohr (1784 - 1859): Duo for 2 Violins in A Minor, Op. 67 No. 1:
- 1Duo for 2 Violins in A Minor, Op. 67 No. 1: I. Allegro11:30
- 2Duo for 2 Violins in A Minor, Op. 67 No. 1: II. Andante - III. Rondo. Vivace08:10
- Duo for 2 Violins in D Major, Op. 67 No. 2:
- 3Duo for 2 Violins in D Major, Op. 67 No. 2: I. Allegro08:27
- 4Duo for 2 Violins in D Major, Op. 67 No. 2: II. Larghetto05:12
- 5Duo for 2 Violins in D Major, Op. 67 No. 2: III. Rondo. Vivace06:07
- Duo for 2 Violins in G Minor, Op. 67 No. 3:
- 6Duo for 2 Violins in G Minor, Op. 67 No. 3: I. Allegro08:51
- 7Duo for 2 Violins in G Minor, Op. 67 No. 3: II. Tempo di menuetto - Variations08:54
- Duo for 2 Violins in E-Flat Major, WoO 21 No. 3:
- 8Duo for 2 Violins in E-Flat Major, WoO 21 No. 3: I. Allegro02:40
- 9Duo for 2 Violins in E-Flat Major, WoO 21 No. 3: II. Romance. Andante03:13
- 10Duo for 2 Violins in E-Flat Major, WoO 21 No. 3: III. Rondo. Allegro03:56
Info for Spohr: Violin Duets, Vol. 1
One of the giants of music-making in the 19th century, Louis Spohr excelled as a composer, violin virtuoso, conductor and teacher. His concertos for the violin demonstrate a Romantic temperament framed in a Classical style, but he was equally adept in smaller forms. The Duets for Two Violins, Op. 67 reveal a perfect sense of architecture, the two instruments frequently exchanging roles, as well as a majestic command of melody. The Duet, WoO 21, written when Spohr was just 12 years old, is one of his earliest surviving compositions. The multi-faceted performer and teacher, Jameson Cooper, was born in Sheffield, England. He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, at the Aspen Music Festival with Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki, and later with Roland and Almita Vamos. He holds masters degrees in violin performance and in orchestral conducting from Kent State University. As a founding member of the Euclid Quartet, Cooper has won numerous prizes and performed to high acclaim throughout the US. James Dickinson studied both in the UK and the US. After graduating from the Royal Northern College of Music, Dickenson left the UK to lead the Degas Quartet in the US. With this quartet, Dickenson gave concerts all over the US, in Carnegie Hall and at the Aspen Music Festival, and held various residencies in over ten universities.
Jameson Cooper, violin
James Dickenson, violin
Originally from Sheffield, England, Jameson Cooper began playing the violin at age 6. At 13 he joined the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and later became concertmaster of the National Youth Chamber Orchestra. He studied at The Royal Northern College of Music, where he earned a Graduate of Music Degree with Honors and a Professional Performance Diploma. Mr. Cooper first came to the U.S. as a participant in the Aspen Music Festival. Since then, he has studied with Dorothy DeLay, Masao Kawasaki, and Roland and Almita Vamos.
He earned Masters Degrees in Violin and Conducting from Kent State University, where he later served as Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola at the University's Hugh A. Glauser School of Music. He has performed as soloist with orchestra, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and Europe. In the 2001-02 season, Jameson played in the Audubon Quartet in its Beethoven Quartet cycle series. Mr. Cooper has recorded Icelandic music for Musart, and an disc of new music for solo violin by Kent State University composers on Centaur Records. His most recent album features music by Prokofiev for violin and piano, with pianist and IUSB colleague Ketevan Badridze on Afinat Records. Jameson has given masterclasses at Oberlin Conservatory, Virginia Tech, Michigan State University, and Morningside College, and regularly serves as judge for the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition Senior Strings Division.
He is a founding member and first violinist of the Euclid Quartet, with whom he has won numerous national and international chamber competition prizes and performed to critical acclaim across the country. Commercial recordings of Mr. Cooper's playing with the quartet include Hugo Kauder's string quartets 1-4, the complete quartets of Bartok, and an upcoming disc of Dvorak and Wynton Marsalis.
started the violin aged 7 and studied at the Junior Academy, the Royal Northern College of Music with Lydia Mordkovitch, Christopher Rowland and then in the USA with Daniel Phillips of the Orion Quartet.
From 2000 to 2008 James was the leader of the Degas Quartet, USA, giving concerts in over 20 states, at numerous Universities, Weill Hall Carnegie and the Aspen Festival. Between 2003 to 2007 James was the Concertmaster of Western Piedmont Symphony in North Carolina.
In 2010 he started the Villiers Quartet. The Quartet is now resident at Oxford University and at Southern Sinfonia and have recently released their first disc on NAXOS , the Complete Quartets of Robert Still.
James has spent the last 8 years studying the work and teaching methods of Constantine Dounis, a pedagogue which he believes was unparalleled in his approach to the violin.