“I dreamt at length about forming an ensemble of Dutch top musicians to record the Haydn violin concertos and the arrangement of the Stravinsky Divertimento in a play&direct setting. Empty corona diaries suddenly presented a short-term opportunity. (…) Preparations for the present album have offered us much lightness in the dark months of the corona crisis.”
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Rosanne Philippens plays Haydn & Stravinsky with The Vondel Strings
It appears that Martijn Cornet (Baritone) and Ragazze Quartet have created something very special indeed. The announcement of this new Channel Classics release has led to articles in national newspapers, various radio show performances & interviews, 5-star reviews, a livestream album release concert, CD of the Week specials, and a TV appearance.
Wim ten Have arranged Schubert’s Winterreise especially for Martijn Cornet and Ragazze Quartet. The performance brings along a “disarming tenderness” (De Gelderlander, 5 STARS).
We are getting ready to celebrate Channel Classics’ 30th Anniversary Concert through a livestream on Facebook. On Thursday December 17th at 8pm CET / 7pm GMT / 2pm EST. Recorded in Muziekgebouw Eindhoven.
The performing Channel Artists include Rosanne Philippens, Ragazze Quartet, Nicholas Schwartz, Dana Zemtsov, Paolo Giacometti and Anna Fedorova. The programme consists of works by Claude Debussy, Ludwig van Beethoven, Caroline Shaw, Borys Fedorov, William Kroll, Frédéric Chopin and George Enescu. The concert ends with a work written by David Jay Murray for all of the participating musicians together, featuring themes of Mahler’s First Symphony, Happy Birthday and some other festive melodies. We hope you will enjoy the show.
Brecon Baroque Festival (Online Edition) is taking place October 23-25, 2020! Everyone around the world is invited to join Rachel Podger and the gang in Brecon, Wales.
The 2020 Festival features the eagerly-awaited première of Chad Kelly’s The Goldberg Variations Reimagined created especially for Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque. There is also a documentary about the project featuring all the musicians plus celebrated author, Horatio Clare. The Festival is bookended by Rachel Podger and Chad Kelly with an introductory talk and an interactive Q&A event to round-off the weekend. You can purchase a discounted Festival Pass (20 GBP, 22 EUR, 26 USD) for the whole programme, or individual tickets. Tickets (and multiple viewings) will be valid for at least one month.
The Brecon Baroque Festival is putting 15% of all ticket sales into a fund for Channel Classics to make a professional CD recording possible of the same programme: Chad Kelly’s “Goldberg Variations Reimagined” by Rachel Podger & Brecon Baroque.
Mahler’s beauty always hurts. His work has a certain lyricism to it that is incredibly moving. Especially in the slow movements you can hear a certain love, almost a divine kind of love. It flows, endlessly. – Iván Fischer
Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra conclude their Mahler Cycle with Das Lied von der Erde. Find all of their Mahler recordings here.
“…That Anna Fedorova has a special feeling for this work is not only evident in her introductory essay in the booklet: the way the second theme – the work’s first moment of quintessential Rachmaninov – emerges dream-like out of silence is very special…”
” … Fedorova’s reflective yet never over-indulgent style of playing is also evident in the preludes. Her technique is fluent but never facile – witness the crystalline textures of the G sharp minor Prelude. …”
“… the Paganini Rhapsody initially appears a scintillating and very extensive encore, demonstrating Fedorova’s fire and theatrical qualities…”
“… we enter a more enchanted world, and Fedorova’s characteristically thoughtful interpretation from that point makes us hear that there’s far more to that work than mere pyrotechnics, culminating quite naturally in the celebrated 18th variation”.
We have just released ‘Silhouettes’ by violist Dana Zemtsov and pianist Anna Fedorova.
“Each piece in this album has its own story, its own thoughts and feelings. However, throughout it, if you listen with your eyes closed, you will occasionally sense the presence of a furtive silhouette ‘à la Française’.” — Dana Zemtsov & Anna Fedorova (from liner notes)