Prokofiev Violin Concerto no. 2 (2017)

Prokofiev

Rosanne Philippens

Otto Tausk

There is something special about Prokofiev’s music. You realise that each and every note is pain­ stakingly put into place, which could appear to be almost distanced and mathematical, but nothing could be further from the truth, for his music touches the soul. The perfect balance between wonderful melodies and catching rhythmic passages is also something I find really fascinating.
I have looked forward to recording the Five Melodies for a long time, because I think they are such gems, the one even more beautiful than the other. Julien and I recorded them under only a few spot­ lights, and this minimum of lighting was just right: although the pieces are quite short, they tell a complete story.
As I practised the Violin Concerto, I could not get the heavenly theme of the second movement off my mind. We recorded the work in Sankt Gallen. Surrounded by the great glaciers, the setting was so different from that of the intimate duo pieces.
After two days of rehearsals and recording, we finished with the coda of the third movement. Although I was already quite tired from all the concentration, its pulsating beat, so clear in the duet with the bass drum, gave me the energy to go all the way in each and every take.

Rosanne Philippens

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Rosanne Philippens

Since winning the first prize at the 2009 National Violin Competition, Rosanne Philippens has been viewed as one of the Netherlands’ greatest violin talents. Rosanne began playing the violin at the age of three, studying with, amongst others, Coosje Wijzenbeek and Vera Beths. In June 2009, she was awarded her diploma from The Hague Conservatory with highest distinction. In October, Rosanne will finish her Masters program at the Hanns Eisler Academy in Berlin, studying with Ulf Wallin. She has soloed with, amongst others, the Flemish Symphony Orchestra, the Hermitage State Orchestra and with many youth-orchestras as the National Youth String Orchestra, the National Student Orchestra, Studentorchestra Myra and the Sweelinck Orchestra. In March 2013, Rosanne’s debut-CD, “Rhapsody”, has been released under Channel Classics. This CD is a collaboration with her pianist Yuri van Nieuwkerk and is a collection of fiery works by, amongst others, Béla Bartók and Maurice Ravel. “Rhapsody” is, in Holland and abroad, very well received by both press and public. In January 2014 Rosanne will play the two rhapsodies of Bartók on tour with the National Youth Orchestra under the baton of Santu-Mattias Ruvali. In March 2013, as part of their win at the Vriendenkrans Competition in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Rosanne toured, together with her pianist Yuri van Nieuwkerk, ten halls under the sponsorship of the “Dutch Classical Talent Tour and Award”. During a tour with the National Student Orchestra, film director Carine Bijlsma followed Rosanne to make a documentary entitled “Soloist, 23 years old”. This documentary was premiered at the Dutch Film Festival, and has since been shown at the Vancouver and Bergamo Film Festivals.
Rosanne plays a violin by Michael Angelo Bergonzi (Cremona c. 1750), made available to her by the Dutch National Music Instrument Foundation. This special violin was played for years by Herman Krebbers.

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Prokofiev Violin Concerto no. 2 (2017)

Prokofiev

Rosanne Philippens

    Music Emotion

(...) een twee-eenheid optima forma. (Rosanne Philippens en dirigent Otto Tausk ) Dat is ook het geval in de werken waar Rosanne begeleid wordt door de Franse pianist Julien Quentin. De opname van Jared Sacks is als altijd: top!

    Audiophile Audition

(…) A beguilingly varied program that’s a showcase for violinist, composer, and orchestra alike. (…)

    Artsfuse

(...) on this album Philippens proves herself a fiddler well worth following: her tone is robust and warm, technical abilities impressive, interpretive sense keen, and the musicality she displays is top-drawer.

    BBC Music Magazine [Concerto Choice, Jan 2018] -

Quite a double whammy, this. Not only is the programme as a whole both satisfying and unusual, but also Rosanne Philippens's startling partnership with the excellent St Gallen Symphony Orchestra and Otto Tausk puts her Prokofiev Second Violin Concerto right at the top of the many recent recordings - her (Dutch) compatriot Janine Jansen's included. This most natural of concerto recordings was made in St Gallen's Tonhalle, which must be very fine on this evidence. (...) Interpretative poetry and excitement

David Nice

    Luister [9] -

Philippens komt met de deur in huis vallen en trekt ons vanaf de eerste noot in de muziek. (...) gecontroleerde roekeloosheid (...) De opname is een waar spektakel

    Paul Witteman - TV Show Host 'Podium Witteman'

(...) Rosanne strijkt anders. Zonder veel tierelantijnen, helder en recht. Ze is de aankomende vioolvedette die het verdient om een reuzesuccesnummer te worden.

    Pizzicato

Dutch violinist Rosanne Philippens presents a nicely structured Prokofiev program. Her playing is vigorous as well as profound and expressive. Pianist Julien Quentin as well as the orchestra from St. Gallen under the baton of Otto Tausk are equally good, so that this disc is really appealing.

    MusicWeb International

Rosanne Philippens’s playing is totally assured, both technically as well as lyrically beautifully. The support from the Swiss orchestra is fully idiomatic.

Göran Forsling[read full review]

    Fono Forum

Rosanne Philippens ist eines der vielversprechendsten Geigentalente aus den Niederlanden, das bestätigt dieses Prokofjew-Programm. Im zweiten Violinkonzert stellt sie die Kontrastspannung zwischen Kantabilität und Virtuosität schön heraus. Die Solosonate klingt wie ein kleines Meisterwerk. In den Fünf Melodien (…) entdecken Philippens und ihr Klavierpartner Quentin kammermusikalische Intimität.

    De Gelderlander

De eerste twee delen van het Tweede vioolconcert in g, opus 62 uit 1934 spreken boekdelen. De opbouw is grandioos. Geen enkel detail blijft onbelicht, terwijl de grote lijnen nooit uit het zicht verloren worden. Philippens weet het gouden randje in de klank van haar viool telkens weer naar de oppervlakte te halen. (...) De combinatie van het concertrepertoire met de kamermuziek doet het ook goed. Samen met pianist Julien Quentin brengt Rosanne Philippens een betoverende vertolking van Five Melodies, opus 35bis. (...) een daredevil die verdraaid goed weet wat ze doet!

    De Volkskrant -

(...) Opnieuw heeft Rosanne Philippens een juweel van een cd gemaakt. (...) Ze maakt de melodie persoonlijk, met kleine glijertjes tussen de tonen en een klankintensiteit die je niet los laat. (...)

    Klassieke Zaken (Aangenaam Klassiek)

(...) De violiste van de ‘bezielde viooltoon’ zet Prokofjev niet alleen neer als een kind van zijn tijd, maar vooral als mens van vlees en bloed. En dat beklijft.

    Opus Klassiek

Ze speelt flamboyant, gaat voluit, zoekt onbeschaamd de tegenstellingen in deze muziek op maar weet die wel perfect te doseren. Dat kan alleen als de technische aspecten van het vioolspel - zoals hier - ten volle worden beheerst.

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Prokofiev Violin Concerto no. 2 (2017)

Prokofiev

Rosanne Philippens

Cables: van der Hul
Digital Converters: Grimm A/D
Editing Software: Pyramix
Mastering Engineer: Jared Sacks
Mastering Room: Grimm LS1
Microphones: Bruel & Kyaer
Mixing Board: Rens Heijnis custom made
Producer: Jared Sacks
Recording Engineer: Jared Sacks, Annemiek Dirkzwager
Recording location: St. Gallen, Switzerland, Hilversum, The Netherlands
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: 64fs

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Violin Concerto no 2 in g minor - alegro moderato
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Violin Concerto no 2 in g minor - Andante assai
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Violin Concerto no 2 in g minor - Allegro, ben marcato
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Violin Sono Sonata in D - Moderato
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Violin Sono Sonata in D - Andante dolce
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Five Melodies op. 35bis - Andante
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Five Melodies op. 35bis - Lento
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Five Melodies op. 35bis - Animato
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Five Melodies op. 35bis - Allegretto leggero e scherzando
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The Love for Three Oranges op. 33 - March
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Piano Sonata no. 4 2nd movement - Andante
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