Jean Rondeau enchants in the Philharmonie Cologne
With his program "Melancholy Grace" Jean Rondeau enthused the audience in the Philharmonie Cologne on 06 October 2021. With works by Froberger, Frescobaldi, Louis Couperin, Sweelinck, Byrd, Bull, Dowland and Gibbons, the harpsichordist explored grace and melancholy of sound:
"Rondeau plays as if there were no epochs and centuries between us and then, one has the feeling that this music is just emerging - from the imagination, the feeling and the freedom of a performer who does not interpret, but creates himself. This is how it begins: Rondeau comes on stage, sits down, strikes a note and then again and again, and suddenly we are in the middle of it. One could rave for a long time about the fluency of the fingers, the playful figurations that Rondeau fishes out of the air, the suppleness of the lines, the naturalness of the movement with which one flows into the other. (Kölnische Rundschau, 08.10.2021, Raoul Morchen)
Julia Lezhneva and Anne Sofie von Otter open the new season of the Alte Oper Frankfurt together with the Berlin Baroque Soloists - an exceptional evening!
Read here what the Frankfurter Rundschau writes about it: (19.10.2021; Judith von Sternberg)
"It is unusual to experience these two women (Julia Lezhneva; Anne Sofie von Otter) together, for whom a term like exceptional artist must have been created, ... ... The two winds (Agitata da due venti; Julia Lezhneva) from the title, which almost tear the figure of Costanza apart for reasons we don't know and don't need to know, are reflected in crazy leaps of tone across all attainable registers and in outrageous trill-like elements. ... As if wound up - an effect that the tautness and at the same time looseness of her voice easily creates - Lezhneva simply succeeds in everything, flawlessly, without gaps, without cheating, on top of it all, as if it were great fun." Link to the article
Alexandre Tharaud publishes "Schubert" album
Alexandre Tharaud publishes his new album "Schubert" on 22 October 2021 at Erato / Warner Classics!
The programme comprises the four Impromptus D 899 (op 90), the six Moments musicaux and, in Tharaud’s own transcription for piano, four excerpts from the stage music for Rosamunde. When Tharaud performed the Impromptus at London’s Wigmore Hall in 2014, The Guardian wrote: “He got to the heart of the beauties and abysses of this music.”
Discover the first singles!
David Garrett and Schott Music release second sheet music collection
David Garrett publishes his second volume of sheet music: here he writes himself about the process of creation:
"Your reactions to my first book of sheet music were simply overwhelming. My team and I did not even begin to expect such enthusiasm from you.
This passion and love for my music is an incredible motivation for me.
That's exactly why it's a very special pleasure for me to fulfil your wish for a second volume of sheet music."
"Il trionfo": Julia Lezhneva in Moscow and Paris
With the ensemble "Les Accents" conducted by Thibault Noally, the singer excelled in the role of Piacere in Moscow (Tchaikovsky Concert Hall) and Paris (Philharmonie de Paris). The audience was enthusiastic and celebrated the young Russian soprano.