Rhapsody (2013)

Ravel, Bartók, Hubay

Rosanne Philippens, Yuri Van Nieuwkerk

If there’s one period to which we feel specially attracted, it’s the time when Ravel and Bartók wrote their sonatas and rhapsodies. Music styles from all corners of the world were blowing across the European continent, taking root as folk dances, blues rhythms and exotic melodies in the hearts of classically trained musicians. How very similar to our own situation! We were formed by Beethoven and Schubert, but with American colleagues, Indonesian forefathers and pop and jazz musicians as close friends our musical world was equally determined by Radiohead, Brad Mehldau and Indonesian gamelan.Bartók and Ravel show us how traditional craftsmanship can be combined with the sounds of other cultures. In their music we can give full rein to our craft, the flame of our ensemble playing and our love for our instruments. At the same time, we recognize in it the groove, the catch in the voice and the raw expression, which captivate us beyond the concert hall. All these elements are brought together in masterly fashion. And so this CD is not only a homage to Ravel and Bartók, but also to the unbounded world of music, in which we both feel free and happy. Enjoy our recording!Rosanne Philippens & Yuri van Nieuwkerk

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Rosanne Philippens

“Energetic, sensitive and flawless playing -  a dream violinist" Dutch daily De Telegraaf

Approaching music with the greatest possible sincerity is the credo of Rosanne Philippens, capturing audiences throughout the world with her infectiously joyful music making.  

Having come to the fore by winning first prizes at the Dutch National Violin Competition and the Internationale Violinwettbewerb Freiburg, Rosanne now travels the world as a soloist. She has appeared with most Dutch orchestras including the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Barcelona Symphony, the Ulster Orchestra, Canadian orchestras such as the Vancouver Symphony and the Winnipeg Orchestra and orchestras in Germany, Finland and Switzerland. 

Besides prestigious appearances with conductors such as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Lawrence Foster and Jan-Willem de Vriend, Rosanne has a passion for the playing/conducting mode, leading chamber orchestras from the ‘soloist spot’. She has performed in this way with the Camerata RCO and the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, among others.  

Very important for Rosanne is her own personal concert series ‘The Amsterdam Salon Pop-Up’: high quality concerts with accessible programs in an intimate salon atmosphere, popping up in unexpected places. As a devoted chamber musician she has collaborated withstars of her generation, including István Vardai, Vilde Frang, Lawrence Power and Vikingúr Olafsson. 

Rosanne records exclusively for the Channel Classics label. BBC Magazine rated her last Prokofiev CD with a double five-star review accompanied by the statement: “Rosanne Philippens’ concerto is a triumph”. Her album ‘Dedications’ gained a five-star review in the Dutch daily De Volkskrant, where she was described as “a violinist with great character”. Her album INSIGHT is quite out of the box: a solo CD combining works by Bach, Enescu and Biber, recorded after a European tour during which the feedback of the public played a crucial role.  

Rosanne Philippens was taught from the age of three by Anneke Schilt at the Amstelveen music school. She continued her studies with Coosje Wijzenbeek, Vera Beths, Anner Bylsma and Ulf Wallin and was a student at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and the Hanns Eisler Academy in Berlin, taking degrees with the highest distinction at both institutes. 

Rosanne is very grateful to the Elise Mathilde Foundation for enabling her to play on the 1727 ’Barrere’ Stradivarius.

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Rhapsody (2013)

Ravel, Bartók, Hubay

Rosanne Philippens, Yuri Van Nieuwkerk

    Artamag - Disque du Jour

Belle idée, marier le violon de Bartók et celui de Ravel sur un même disque. (...) l’ampleur du violon de Philippens s’appuie sur ce clavier orchestre qui fait entendre un musicien de première force. Tous deux m’auront donné un des plus enthousiasmants disques de violon que j’ai entendus depuis longtemps.

    International Record Review

Philippens and van Nieuwkerk are sensitive artists and they can be very persuasive. (...) the playing is of consistently high standard (...) the well-balanced recorded sound is warm. (...)

Nigel Simeone

    De Volkskrant

(...) kluisterend samenspel (...) De twee ontpoppen zich als klankzoekers en sfeerscheppers (...) Uit haar Bergonzi tovert Philippens een wonderwereld aan kleur, van felrood tot mistig grijs. (...)

De Volkskrant

    Opus Klassiek

(...) een bevlogenheid om ú tegen te zeggen, technisch tot in de puntjes verzorgd en samen musicerend alsof ze een (jong) leven niets anders hebben gedaan. (...) Het duo heeft een prachtige muzikale reis gemaakt die zo overtuigend uit de luidsprekers komt dat we het met hen meebeleven. Dat is de échte kracht van muziek, tenminste als die zo wordt uitgevoerd en is opgenomen als hier. (...) Channel Classics heeft altijd een fijne neus voor echt talent gehad. Prachtig!

Opus Klassiek

    Inspiration Magazine

(...) Lyrisch en sereen, maar ook hoekig, en ritmisch. Rosanne en Yuri spelen met passie en durf de moeilijke composities, die beelden oproepen van zigeuners, steppen, bars en steden. Aandachtig luisteren en genieten.

Inspiration Magazine

    The WholeNote

(…) The young Dutch violinist Rosanne Philippens is a new name to me, but if Rhapsody, her debut CD on Channel Classics (CCS SA 35013), is anything to go by, we’ll all be hearing a lot more of her in the future. ...Ravel’s Tzigane is given a straightforward but very solid performance, but the real Ravel gem here is the Violin Sonata No.2, which showcases Philippens’ big, expansive tone. There is a perfect balance between the two performers in the first movement; a lovely Moderato: Blues middle movement; and some outstanding playing and great dynamics in the Perpetuum Mobile: Allegro finale. (...) an excellent debut CD that suggests there are great things ahead for this duo.

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Rhapsody (2013)

Ravel, Bartók, Hubay

Rosanne Philippens, Yuri Van Nieuwkerk

Cables: van den Hul T3 series
Digital Converters: Grimm A/D DSD / Meitner DA
Mastering Engineer: Jared Sacks
Mastering Equipment: B&W 803 diamond series
Microphones: Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mixing Board: Rens Heijnis custom design
Producer: Jared Sacks
Recording Engineer: Jared Sacks
Recording location: Eindhoven Holland 2013
Recording Software: Pyramix bij Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64
Speakers: Audiolab, Holland

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Tzigane
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Rhapsody No. 2 Sz. 89, BB 96 - Lassu (Moderato)
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Rhapsody No. 2 Sz. 89, BB 96 - Friss (Allegro Moderato)
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Sonata For Violin and Piano No. 2 - Allegretto
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Sonata For Violin and Piano No. 2 - Moderato_ Blues
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Sonata For Violin and Piano No. 2 - Perpetuum Mobile_ Allegro
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Rumanian Folk Dances Sz. 56, BB 68 - I Bot Tanc _ Jocul Cu Bata (Stick Dance)
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Rumanian Folk Dances Sz. 56, BB 68 - II Braul (Sash Dance)
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Rumanian Folk Dances Sz. 56, BB 68 - III Topogo _ Pe Loc (In One Spot)
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Rumanian Folk Dances Sz. 56, BB 68 - IV Bucsumi Tanc _Buciumeana (Cance From Bucsum)
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Rumanian Folk Dances Sz. 56, BB 68 - V Roman Polka _ Poarga Romaneasca (Romanian Polka)
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Rumanian Folk Dances Sz. 56, BB 68 - VI Aprozo _MaruntelFast Dance)
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Rhapsody No. 1 Sz. 86, BB 94 - lassu (Moderato)
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Rhapsody No. 1 Sz. 86, BB 94 - Friss (Allegro Moderato)
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Scene De La Csarda No. 4 Hejre Kati Op. 32
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