Shosta cycle NRC review
Great review in the NRC Handelsblad about the Shostakowitch Quartet cycle in Amsterdam
‘Led by the fabulously well playing primarius Daniel Rowland who’s bow lost many hairs because of his fiery playing the quartet sounded touching and intense’
New CD with Alberto Mesirca
I’m happy that the recording I made with my friend Alberto Mesirca, the fantastic Italian guitarist, was released by the Austrian label Orlando Records on the last day on last year. We did the recordings in Vienna last January and the disc contains pieces that we’ve often performed over the last years: a mix of Italian bel-canto and virtuosity by Giuliani and Paganini, haunting Spanish folk songs by Falla and the sensual world of Piazzolla’s L’histoire de tango. And there’s a very charming encore: Amanpola. Alberto is an incredibly sensitive musician and I’m delighted that this record is available for pre-order now order the CD here
Chausson Concerto live video
It was such a joy to perform one of my favourite pieces since childhood, the gorgeous Chausson Concerto for violin, piano and string quartet with a perfect group of players at Stift a few months ago. I recently got the video and am happy to share it here. There’s surely no piece quiet like it! I remember my excitement when I first heard it See the concert performance here
'Les annees folles' recital disc
I’m delighted that the ‘Les années folles’ CD with Natacha Kudritskaya is now available everywhere on Itunes, Amazon and Apple music. This CD focusses on wild and crazy years in Paris in the 20’s and 30’s, with three important sonatas: Ravel, Debussy and Poulenc. That uncommonly dark and intense piece was directly inspired by the violent death of the great poet Lorca at the hand of the Franco regime, and I love it for all its dreaminess, poetry, anger and even despair. The disc also features George Antheil’s totally brilliant and very crazy Second Sonata (where Natacha switches to bongos towards the end) and colorful works by Gerschwin and Piazzolla. This record contains some of my favorite music and I’m happy the record is now available worldwide
Premiere of 'Daniel's Tango'
It was wonderful to perform the premiere of Marcelo Nisinman’s ‘Daniel’s Tango’ at the Stift Festival in August. Marcelo says: “The piece is dedicated to Daniel, a portrait of himself I imagined. A barbarian-tango-love piece.” This brilliant, hilarious, touching, totally imaginative piece made me very happy, and the first performance with the dream team of Marcelo, Diana Ketler, Uxia Martinez Botana and Thomas Carroll was a total joy!! I hope you like this unique piece by a very unique composer as much as I do!
Here’s the video:
Nisinman: Daniel's Tango
World premiere performance of Marcelo Nisinman’s “Daniel’s Tango”, August 21 2015, Stift Festival
I’m looking forward to some fun and diverse concerts this autumn: first I’m off to Poland, directing the Baltic Neopolis Orchestra in Sczecin, then I’m greatly looking forward to performing by beloved Korngold Concerto with HET Symfonieorkest in Enschede at the end of October. The next day it’s off to Bucharest for the 10th Sonoro Festival, with a hop over to Joensuu in Finland in the middle of that, to perform the beautiful American Seasons by Philip Glass. A few weeks later there are two trips to New York, first to perform the Vivaldi/Piazzolla Eight Seasons with the Arcos Chamber Orchestra, and then to celebrate 10 years of Sonoro at Weill Hall at Carnegie hall with dear friends Diana Kettler, Razvan Popovic and Julian Arp (Strauss and Dohnanyi). Then there are Brodsky Quartet dates in Düsseldorf, Dornbirn, Bristol, Leeds, Perth, a few others and (looking forward to..) Istanbul. With the ChamberJam Europe friends we perform tango close to home in Leiden, and I’m looking forward to guesting with the Signum Quartet and Jörg Widmann in Berlin. In December there’s another Vivaldi/Piazzolla Eight seasons, with the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast, a concert that will be recorded by the BBC. I hope to see you at one of these dates, if you’re in the area!
Welcome to my new site!
Welcome! I hope you’ll enjoy having a look around my new site designed by Pilvax Studio and that you’ll like Balazs Borocz’s great ‘Amsterdam photos’ as much as I do. They were taken over 2 days at the end of June, on the roof of my building (with a rather lovely sunset in the background), and the next day at the Muziekgebouw and around the Jordaan, 10 minutes walk from my flat. I look forward to staying in touch with you through this site, and my FB page!
Here are a couple of pics of the photo sessions, on my roof in Amsterdam