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Exuberant reviews for Raphaela Gromes' Offenbach album 2019

For the 200th birthday of Jacques Offenbach the cellist Raphaela Gromes and her duo partner Julian Riem have released an anniversary SONY-album with the title "Offenbach" in May 2019.

The composer, who is himself associated with operettas, was a talented cello virtuoso in his day. The last major recording of pieces for cello and piano actually dates back 40 years. In the meantime, unknown or forgotten manuscripts have been discovered and are interpreted by the Duo Gromes-Riem.

Press reviews were overwhelming and the duo was awarded the Prize of the German Record Critics for their Offenbach release. In the official Concerti Classic Charts the album was on 3rd place.
“Raphaela Gromes technically masters her instrument, is a full-blooded musician and captivates the listener with her warm, extremely nuanced cello tone. [...] This album not only fills a gap in the CD world, it also reveals a lesser known side of Offenbach. But above all, it is packed full with infectious enthusiasm for playing and fresh modernity.”

(BR-Klassik, Meret Forster, June 15, 2019, 08:05 on Album of the Week – Raphaela Gromes plays Chamber Music by Offenbach)

Please read further critics below.

Donaukurier, June 5, 2019 Small pieces, great artistry
By Jesko Schulze-Reimpell
“[T]he CD is quite simply fantastic. [...] Raphaela Gromes and her duo partner Julian Riem are the perfect instrumentalists for this music as the young cellist has the charm, the romantic spirit and the ease it takes to showcase these pieces brilliantly.”

Passauer Neue Presse, June 6, 2019 Homage to Jacques Offenbach
By Elisabeth Aumiller
“The new recording by Gromes, Riem and Yang is a true pleasure to listen to. [...] The musicians shine with the multifacetedness of their instrumental artistry. For Jacques Offenbach enthusiasts and connoisseurs of darkly glowing cello timbres, which in this case also climb finely into high registers whilst exuding a lighthearted magic filled with grace and charm, this recording is a must.”

Tagesanzeiger, June 14, 2019 Raphaela Gromes plays Offenbach
By Susanne Kübler
“His “Danse bohémienne”, for example, begins within the depths of stillness and melancholy. It may just be possible to become addicted to Gromes's warm, full, powerful tone [...]. The fact that Offenbach never ran out of ideas, quickly becomes apparent. And the brilliant way in which Raphaela Gromes does him justice both musically and technically, likewise.”

RONDO, June 15, 2019 “CD zum Sonntag”
By the Rondo Newsroom
“Look at the finds on this one! At least for friends of upscale and brilliant salon music. In the gorgeous sounding, soulful, yet also often fiery interpretation by Gromes, listeners can rediscover the diversity of Offenbach's hitherto unknown works for cello.”

Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, June 16, 2019 Music can be like a sister
By Thilo Komma-Pöllath
“Gromes is considered an exceptional talent. At just 27, she has recorded four albums for a major label that regularly make it into the classical charts. The most recent album on the occasion of Jacques Offenbach's 200th anniversary has just been released. [...] The stories that Gromes and Riem conjure up for their latest CD productions are musical stories of digging for gold.”

rbb Kultur, June 17, 2019 CD of the Week, June 17-23, 2019, Raphaela Gromes – Offenbach
By Ortrun Schütz
“Raphaela Gromes has set new standards with her Offenbach CD: with her swift fingers, her nimbleness, her beautiful melodic lines and a fresh and interesting cello program”.

Die Presse, June 18, 2019 Jaques Offenbach: All else the Master of the Cancan can do
By Wilhelm Sinkovicz
“Just like at their debut in the Vienna Konzerthaus last year, Gromes and Riem prove themselves to be the ideal musical team: radiant in tone, incredibly flexible in the cello, subtly supportive, then once again defiant and inciting in the piano. [...] Until the Staatsoper plays "Hoffmann" again (in autumn), we will be sticking to this CD novelty.”

VAN-Magazin, June 19, 2019 “Entgiftungs-Tarantelle. Rausch & Räson” (Detox Tarantella. Rapture & Reason) – Column Episode 22
By Volker Hagedorn
“Incredibly virtuosic, bursting with esprit - this Tarantella has been recorded now for the first time by the Munich-born cellist Raphaela Gromes (Offenbach, Sony Music), raising both spirits and a bright light on Offenbach's years prior to his career as a stage composer.”

Neue Zürcher Zeitung, June 20, 2019 Offenbach on the Cello: “Da jaulen Katzen, zwitschern Vögel, sausen Schlitten durch den Schnee” (Cats howl, birds chirp, sleds race through the snow)
By Elisabeth Richter
“Through harmonics, double stops and other technical feats, the cello also transforms as needed into the clarinet, oboe and more. Through this, wit and charm emerge, yet not for their own sake. Humour as well, invariably with a melancholic question mark. Raphaela Gromes and her multifaceted piano accompanist Julian Riem serve this mixture of romantic pathos, elegantly-rich melodies and diabolical acrobatics in a tasteful balance and with an infectious joy in playing music.”

NDR Kultur, June 20, 2019 Raphaela Gromes – Offenbach
By Christian Classen
“One quickly notices that Raphaela Gromes has been acquainted with Offenbach's musical style since her early childhood. Together with her pianist Julian Riem, she lends the music a great deal of spirit and masters the most virtuosic passages effortlessly. This CD is the most precious gift the musicians could have given the composer for his 200th anniversary.”