Viviane Chassot: Mozart for the Accordion

Just in: the new CD by accordionist Viviane Chassot with Camerata Bern on Sony Classical: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concertos K. 413, 450 & 595. After a selection of piano concertos by Joseph Haydn, also released by Sony Classical in 2017, here’s the versatile accordionist’s next step into the world of the First Viennese School.

“Piano concertos by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart without piano. Accordion virtuoso Viviane Chassot makes it possible. With her new CD, which was produced in collaboration with Deutschlandfunk, she takes a fascinating new look on Mozart. The Swiss artist has transferred three Mozart piano concertos to the accordion with respect for the original, fantasy and an unerring feeling for the expressive possibilities of her instrument. The art of songful playing is particularly close to her heart, an aspect where the accordion is perhaps even superior to the piano. Together with Camerata Bern, she produces an unheard-of sound result.” Deutschlandfunk

Here you will find a video from the recording session and here a portrait of the artist in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (in German).

amarcord / Ensemble Modern / HK Gruber: Kurt Weill

At the Kurt Weill Fest Dessau amarcord, sopranos Ute Gfrerer and Winnie Böwe as well as the Ensemble Modern conducted by HK Gruber performed the “Mahagonny-Songspiel” and the “Chansons des Quais” (in a new version commissioned by the Kurt Weill Foundation). A studio production has now been released on the Ensemble Modern label.

The recording was selected as the album of the week by concerti magazine at the beginning of May: “The Leipzig male quintet amarcord is in its prime, you go weak at the knees after the ‘Mahagonny-Songspiel’, already”.

Trio Zadig: Something in Between

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.

amarcord / Calmus: Leipziger Disputation

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.

Agnès Clément: Le Rossignol en Amour

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 …