With four saxophones and a piano the line-up of Alliage is already unique. But for their new programme Fantasia the two-time ECHO Classic winners have invited the ‘queen of clarinet’, Sabine Meyer. The soloist and the quintet embark on a musical fairy-tale journey, narrated in a new and exciting sound synthesis that savours all symphonic possibilities of a large orchestra and yet promises the intimacy of subtle chamber music. On one hand, Meyer’s clarinet sets soloistic accents and leads the high registers; on the other hand, she elegantly fits herself into the chameleon-like saxophone sound, so, the listener could hardly differ within the family of instruments.
Like a storyteller narrating his own adaption of a legend the Alliage Quintet and Sabine Meyer move through imaginative compositions of Alexander Borodin (Polovtsian Dances), Igor Stravinsky (The Firebird), Paul Dukas (Sorcerer’s Apprentice), Leonard Bernstein (‘Candide’ overture), and Dmitri Shostakovich (Five Pieces). Sebastian Gottschick, Rainer Schottstädt, Stéphane Gassot, Camille Pépin, and Itai Sobol are well experienced in writing perfect arrangements for the needs of Alliage. With this extraordinary chamber ensemble a bunch of well-known compositions re-sounds in a completely new tonal language. Let yourself be captivated by the magic of this fairy-tale evening.
The musicians of the ensemble CARION know how to surprise! The current CD by the exceptional woodwind quintet has recently been praised by the critics of theartsdesk.com: „All marvellous – the best wind quintet disc in years.“ On iTunes the album ranks among the best classical releases in 2015. Besides the recording of Nielsen’s woodwind quintet CARION presents three previously unpublished discoveries from the Danish music library. Looking at the track list the album comprises pieces by Kai Helmer Senstius, Jens Laursøn Emborg and Svend Simon Schultz which make it an absolute rarity. The real highlight is the interpretation of the Nielsen quintet „There’s a warmth and ease to their playing; it’s as if you’re eavesdropping on private conversations in the quieter moments. Nielsen’s spiky clarinet writing is brilliantly served by Egīls Šēfers, and Niels Anders Vedsten Larsen’s bassoon playing is impeccable.“ However CARION is not only an experience for the ear but especially for the eye. On stage the quintet makes visible the architecture of the compositions and therefore creates a fascinating interaction between the members of the ensemble and the audience. Click here for CARION’s YouTube channel – it’s worth it!
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Ragna Schirmer will run an extraordinary marathon in Dessau on 2 May
Pianist Ragna Schirmer will face an impressive challenge in the Dessau Theatre on 2 May at 6.30 pm. For the first time and together with the Anhalt Philharmonic Orchestra of Dessau under chief musical director Antony Hermus, all of Ludwig van Beethoven’s five piano concerts will be performed in one night.
The first two concerts no. 1 and 2 will be played on a historical pianoforte, the later works on a modern Steinway. For some four hours, the audience will embark on an exciting journey through musical history. Beethoven‘s piano concerts bear impressive witness to the times when the first modern instruments slowly replaced the pianoforte. Whilst the earlier two concerts, composed between 1785 and 1801, are still very much oriented towards the Viennese classical period, the third one sets new standards by being laid out more symphonically. With his fourth and fifth concerts, Beethoven contributed significantly to the development of the genre and the transition to Romanticism.
With her unique interpretations, Ragna Schirmer is highly regarded internationally. The pianist is distinguished by her art of nuancing, her attention to detail, and place compositions in a modern context. Her latest project features Handel’s organ concerts adapted for piano and chamber orchestra, which sound just as magnificent as for pianoforte and baroque ensemble or for Hammond organ and jazz ensemble. The three-cd box by Edel is completed by Guillaume Connesson’s Concertino pour Piano, which was composed especially for Ragna Schirmer.
Amarcord is the proud owner of a total of six Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards, the so-called “a capella oscar”. The quintet received this international award for their album “Folks & Tales“ in the category Best Folk/World Album 2014. The highest honour in this genre was awarded at a gala in Boston on Friday night.
For their album Folks & Tales, Amarcord collected the world’s most beautiful folk songs during their concerts in more than 50 countries – the outcome is a journey from Cuba via Ghana, Russia, and Thailand to Japan and Australia. The arrangements, which are influenced by pop, jazz, and classical music, are perfectly tailored to the ensemble and awaken longings for faraway countries while capturing traditions and stories of different nations – always featuring Amarcord’s inimitable style: a mix of vocal brilliance, a homogenous and warm sound, and a healthy dose of charm and humor. Seemingly effortless, the quintet juggles the chants of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Baroque, the European Romanticism, and the Modern Age, as well as folk songs and Jazz standards.
Two ECHO Classical awards and six Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards, the “a capella oscar”, are proof of the vocalists’ successful career. Some of their exceptional productions include “Die Motetten“ (“The Motets”, Sony) with the Lautten Compagney, “Folks & Tales“ (RK ap 10213), “Rastlose Liebe – ein Spaziergang durch das romantische Leipzig” (“Restless Love – A Walk through Romantic Leipzig”), and “The Book of Madrigals“. At the end of August 2014, Claudio Monteverdi’s Marienvesper together with the Lautten Compagney will be released on the Carus label.