The Trio Zadig from Paris, who have been awarded eleven international prizes, presents their debut CD under the title “Something in Between”. The three musicians from France and the USA deal with their origins on this CD. The exceptionally gripping recording features the overture to “Candide” as well as a fantasy on themes from Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story” ( both arranged by Bruno Fontaine), a work by the French composer Benjamin Attahir (*1989), a friend of the ensemble, and Maurice Ravel’s only piano trio as the heart and musical home of the trio.
The magazine Pizzicato is enthusiastic: “Fontaine has succeeded in creating a small masterpiece of transcription, and the Zadigs play ravishingly”. Also RBB Kulturradio has just recommended the CD and rounded off its review, referring to the title: “The Trio Zadig doesn’t make a debut somewhere ‘in between’, but at the top of the young piano trios”. An artistic video on this CD, which breathes the cinematic flair of the 1940s and 1950s, is available here.
The first joint project of the renowned Leipzig vocal ensembles amarcord and Calmus has been published by Carus: The focus is on Antoine Brumel’s splendid twelve-part Mass, which is said to have been performed in the St. Thomas Church on the occasion of the famous Leipzig Debate between Martin Luther and the papal representative Johannes Eck in 1519. A climax of Leipzig’s musical life and at the same time a milestone in polyphonic vocal music. The mass is complemented by compositions by Josquin des Préz, Johann Walter, Thomas Stoltzer and others. Here’s a video about the creation of the recording.
amarcord and Calmus will perform the musical program for the Leipzig Debate on June 16, 2019, 500 years after the historical event at the original venue, the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, as part of the Leipzig Bach Festival.
Isn’t it true that the sounds of the harp soar directly up to heaven? The program idea of the splendid young French harpist Agnès Clément, who won the ARD competition in 2016, is absolutely compelling: a production featuring music that renders homage to the birds. On her first GENUIN CD, she gazes at the nightingale, quarrels with the cuckoo, and flies with the swallow into the spring, as love truly takes wing in the exciting artist’s new album. We hear Francis Poulenc alongside François Couperin, Franz Liszt together with Paul Hindemith – in the original and in arrangements. Perfectly balanced to the last detail …
Percussion ensemble DoubleBeats (Berlin) wins 1st Prize and Special Prize of the Cultural Ministry of Japan at the 19th OSAKA International Music Competition 2018 after having been awarded also the 1st Price at the Universal Marimba Competition Belgium in 2017.
The finalists had to prevail against 1500 competitors in 15 different categories. Congratualitions to our artists!
Frisson is explosive! From New York City, the ensemble features the best and brightest of classical music’s rising stars drawn from many of the nation’s major music schools including Juilliard, Curtis, and Yale. Frisson showcases a myriad of rarely-performed masterworks like Beethoven Septet, Prokofiev Quintet, or the great Octets by Schubert and Martinů. A core piece in 2020 will be an arrangement of Beethoven’s 3rd symphony “Eroica”.
The ensemble debuted in major cities across the United States during the 2017-18 season and they are rapidly becoming one of the busiest classical music ensembles with over 30 concerts this season.