Philippe Jaroussky and Thibaut Garcia give breathtaking concert in Munich

Philippe Jaroussky / Thibaut Garcia ©James Bort

In Munich, Philippe Jaroussky and the guitarist Thibaut Garcia presented a colourful programme on January 22, 2022. Under the title "A sa guitare" - also the name of their album released in 2021 - they led the highly enthusiastic audience through 400 years of music by composers and songwriters from France, Great Britain, Austria, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Argentina and the USA.

Standing ovations for this successful evening!

"Jaroussky and Garcia presented an incredibly dense and heartfelt programme in seven languages that consciously ignored the boundaries of epochs and gender. [...] The fact that all this came together almost seamlessly to form a harmonious whole was due not only to the clever arrangements but above all to Jaroussky's vocal flexibility. [...] And thus an ideal complement to Garcia, who let his fingers dance over the strings at almost breathtaking speed and in the end even knew how to animate his partner to a few little flamenco steps." (Münchner Merkur, 24.01.2022, Tobias Hell)

"Because he [Philippe Jaroussky] gives each of the songs breadth, melancholy, lightness, depth of feeling. [...] He creates intensity and urgency in the light and obscure. This, however, is a very great miracle, celebrated unreservedly by the audience." (Süddeutsche Zeitung, 24.01.2022, Reinhard Brembeck)

With Jaroussky, this is a pleasure, as his timbre alone is so beautiful: gentle in the attack, smooth on the surface, supple in the lead. [...] It is downright magical how in the lute song 'In darkness let me dwell' by John Dowland the overcast phrases are brought back to nothingness. [... ] He [Thibaut Garcia] breaks up the all-too-familiar tango 'La Cumparsite' by Gerardo Matos Rodriguez, which everyone can whistle along to immediately, with desolately scraped chords, then dances it with lurking danger, in the two mélodies by Gabriel Fauré, he fiddles out shadings that not every pianist can manage with such refinement; in 'Septembre' by the chansonnière Barbara, he skilfully shrinks the coquettish waltz accompaniment to toy size. " (Abendzeitung München, 24.01.2022, Michael Bastian Weiß)

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