Myth (2015)

Szymanowski, Stravinsky

Rosanne Philippens, Julien Quentin

Xian Zhang

What a surprise it was when my friend the pianist Julien Quentin introduced me to the music of Szymanowski several years ago. A world full of myths opened up, a landscape with fast streaming rivers where frightened nymphs timidly glanced back at lascivious satyrs with goat hooves. And full of colourful stories about the shepherd’s boy seduced by a princess, and the firebird hiding in the bushes. In the three myths I recognised Ovid’s Metamorphoses. I managed to track down the poems of Szymanowski’s countryman Tadeusz Micinski, which inspired him. In pursuit of the composer’s roots, I visited his villa Atma, where I heard the wonderful music of the mountains of Zakopane, which had moved him as well. And so ‘Myth’ came into being, an issue imbued with the Polish soul, and including, from further afield, some Russian myths as well.

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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.

Julien Quentin

French pianist Julien Quentin has established himself as a versatile and sensitive musician, exhibiting great maturity and poise. His remarkable depth of musicianship and distinct clarity of sound coupled with flawless technique, make him an artist in demand as both soloist and chamber musician. He has made successful recital debuts in Paris (Salle Cortot), Geneva Conservatoire Hall and Bargemusic in New York. He has appeared as soloist with the Wroclaw, Qatar and Córdoba Philharmonic Orchestras under such conductors as Tommaso Placidi, Paul Biss & Han-Na Chang. Regularly invited to numerous international Festivals, Quentin’s appearances in Europe include Verbier, Lucerne, Gstaad, Montreux, Zermatt, Dresden, Braunschweig, Schwetzingen, Ludwigsburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Beethovenfest Bonn, Radio France Montpellier & Saint Denis. A regular performer in North America, he has appeared at the Ravinia, La Jolla and Mostly Mozart Festivals in the United States. He has broadcast in Canada, United States, Japan and in countries across Europe. Julien Quentin is a keen chamber musician and has collaborated with artists such Nicolas Altstaedt, Emanuel Ax, Lisa Batiashvili, Gautier Capuçon, Corey Cerovsek, Martin Fröst, Sol Gabetta, David Garrett, Nelson Goerner, Ilya Gringolts, Gary Hoffman, Angelika Kirchschlager, Lawrence Power, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Sayaka Shoji, Kirill Troussov & István Várdai.

Xian Zhang

Known for her “dynamic presence in the pit” (The Guardian), Xian Zhang has served as Music Director of Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi since September 2009. They made their televised BBC Proms debut in September 2013 with a programme of Verdi arias (with Joseph Calleja) and Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony. This season, Zhang and the orchestra will play an important part in EXPO 2015 in Milan. In Europe Zhang works at the highest level as a guest conductor, appearing regularly with the London Symphony and Royal Concertgebouw orchestras. Future engagements include the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and European Union Youth Orchestra, with whom she will tour to major European festivals in August 2015. Zhang continues to work frequently in North America and her engagements this season include New Jersey Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Orchestra. In her native China, she appears this season with Shanghai Symphony, China Philharmonic and Guangzhou Symphony orchestras. Described by The Guardian as a “hearton-sleeve Verdian”, last season Zhang opened the Verdi anniversary season with Francesca Zambello’s production of La forza del destino for Washington National Opera and closed theseason in a hugely successful debut for Welsh National Opera conducting Nabucco, both in Cardiff and at the Savonlinna Opera Festival. Current and future highlights on the stage include Romeo and Juliet for Teatro alla Scala in autumn 2014, a return to English National Opera in autumn 2015 and her debut with Den Norske Opera in January 2016. Throughout her career Zhang has championed Chinese composers. In May 2008 she completed a six-concert tour of China with the Orchestra of the Juilliard School during which Chen Yi’s Ge Xu was performed in Shanghai, Beijing and Suzhou. She also conducted Huang Ruo’s Fanfare with the New York Philharmonic, will conduct Qigang Chen’s Iris Dévoilée with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and Tan Dun’s Resurrection Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as part of their Chinese New Year celebrations. Since 2011, Zhang has been Artistic Director of NJO: talent in concert. Born in Dandong, China, Xian Zhang made her professional debut conducting Le nozze di Figaro at the Central Opera House in Beijing at the age of 20. She trained at Beijing’s Central Conservatory, earning both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, and served one year on its conducting faculty before moving to the United States in 1998. She was appointed the New York Philharmonic’s Assistant Conductor in 2002, subsequently becoming their Associate Conductor and first holder of the Arturo Toscanini Chair.


Total immersion into the world of music for several weeks – that is what the NJO offers young talented musicians, through various activities. The NJO brings young talent to the stage during the NJO Muziekzomer, a summer festival in the Dutch province of Gelderland, and the NJO Winter Tour, amongst other things. About 140 students participate in the NJO Summer Academy every year, recruited from music academies all over Europe (and beyond) via auditions. These young talents are invited to work with famous teachers and conductors. Reinbert de Leeuw, who made a great mark on music in the Netherlands during the past decades, founded the NJO Summer Academy in 2001 and was its artistic director until 2010. He was succeeded by renowned Chinese-American conductor Xian Zhang, The NJO organises its own festival in the Dutch province of Gelderland every summer: the NJO Muziekzomer (NJO Music Summer; 31 July – 16 August 2015) is the stage for the ensembles and orchestras of the NJO Summer Academy. In January, a sympony orchestra tours the big venues of the Netherlands during the NJO Winter Tour. NJO ensembles have been conducted by Philippe Herreweghe, Iván Fischer and Jaap van Zweden, among many others. Its composers in residence have included such luminaries as Steve Reich, Kaija Saariaho, John Adams, Mauricio Kagel and Wolfgang Rihm.

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Myth (2015)

Szymanowski, Stravinsky

Rosanne Philippens, Julien Quentin


Zangrijk klinkend vioolspel (...)


(...) Rosanne Philippens is a significant young talent whose varied tonal palette especially suits Szymanowsky’s music (...) Philippens likes her expressive portamentos and has plenty of wrist power in reserve for the more demanding passages. (...)

    The WholeNote

(...) Philippens displays a brilliant tone and flawless technique in some really difficult music. (...) This really is an outstanding CD, full of dazzling playing from a violinist with a strong musical intellect. (...)


At times, this concerto reaches near ecstatic levels of emotive expression and power where the violin and orchestra become one, and the music blooms in all its blazing color. And this is where violinist Rosanne Philippens fits right in. (...) this work demands the highest degree of control and expressive projection from the soloist, and this is fully accomplished by Rosanne Philippens.

    Luister -

(...) zo goed, zo indrukwekkend, zo’n naar alle verwachtingen overtreffende uitvoering van het concerto heb ik nog nooit gehoord (...) Xian Zhang laat de haar toevertrouwde jonge musici tot een adembenemende hoogte klimmen om dan gezamenlijk een vergezicht te toveren dat met geen woord te beschrijven is. (...) Haar [Rosanne Philippens] strijkvoering is fluweelzacht, fluisterend, maar ook buitengewoon sensueel.

    Artalinna – Le Disque du Jour

(...) l’invention capricieuse, la chanterelle énigmatique, les phrasés mystérieux, et cette constante ambigüité entre sensualité et nostalgie. (...) Accompagnement ductile et virtuose du NJO (...)


(...) puurheid en mysterie (...) ze laat de noten vanuit het lichaam haar instrument instromen (...) Szymanowski’s muziek is verhalend en in Philippens vindt hij een ideale verteller, met oog en oor voor de raadselachtige kleur van zijn noten. (...)

    Telegraaf -

Soepele weefkunst (...) weer heeft Nederland er een violiste bij die haar instrument op het hoogste niveau beheerst. (...) haar toon straalt, het vibrato leeft. Wat een bezieling!

    De Volkskrant -

(...) Mooi hoe ze na een grillige cadens de tere slotnoten in het niets laten verdwijnen (...) Met een zorgvuldig gekoesterd gevoel voor stijl betreden de twee het domein van saters en nimfen. (...) De vele etherische hoge noten laat Philippens klinken zonder dat er een nauwkeurig gedefinieerd begin of einde is. Dat geeft haar toon iets mystieks... immaterieels (...) De Fransman Quentin voedt haar fantasie met suggestieve watervallen. Hij laat ze, niet gehinderd door zwaartekracht, verdampen met de tere toon van Philippens viool. (...)


Het Nationaal Jeugd Orkest begeleidt Rosanne op gloedvolle wijze. Prachtige opname – zoals altijd – en warm aanbevolen!


(...) Myth is een uitstekend album van één van Nederlands meest getalenteerde violistes van dit moment.


Philippens is een verhalen verteller, iemand die met vuur de muziek wil ontsliuten waarin ze zelf gelooft. (...) Philippens en pianis Julien Quentin zetten in op illustratieve kracht (...) Philippens is zonder enige reserve een vioolsoliste van wie een enorme communicatieve drive uitgaat. (...)

Myth (2015)

Szymanowski, Stravinsky

Rosanne Philippens, Julien Quentin

Cables: van der Hul
Digital Converters: Grimm A/D
Mastering Engineer: Jared Sacks
Mastering Equipment: B&W 803 diamond series
Microphones: Bruel & Kyaer, Schoeps
Mixing Board: Rens Heijnis custom made
Producer: Jared Sacks
Recording Engineer: Jared Sacks
Recording location: Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, Eindhoven
Recording Software: Pyramix
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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