12 StradivariDecca Classics
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For the first time in history, 12 of the most wonderful violins ever made by the finest violin maker of all time, Antonio Stradivari (1644-1737), have travelled across the world for a ground-breaking new project with violin superstar Janine Jansen. The resulting album, 12 Stradivari, captures the individual characters of each instrument in specially-curated music accompanied by Sir Antonio Pappano at the piano.
These days Stradivari's instruments can reach prices well over $20 million and some of the foundations and museums who own them let them out only on rare occasions. This is also why this recording is particularly special: some of these 12 Stradivari have not been played for many decades and, possibly, have never ben commercially recorded before. Others belonged to legendary virtuosi including Fritz Kreisler, Nathan Milstein, Ida Haendel and Oscar Shumsky. Janine herself is widely considered to be one of the greatest violinists of our time, and this album is her first release with Decca in 6 years.
Virtuosity and attentive chamber playing in Janine Jansen, Jean-Yves Thibaudet Carnegie Hall program / New York Classical Review
One of Carnegie Hall's signature projects is the "Perspectives" series, a chance for guest artists to curate multiple concerts, according to no rules but their own. Often this means a chance to hear a performer advocating for works of personal interest, that might not otherwise be heard. That was very much the case with Janine Jansen's penultimate "Perspectives" concert this season, as she was jo...
Janine Jansen's reverential following, bound to proliferate in the wake of her Carnegie Hall - Perspectives series / ZEALnyc
Dutch violinist Janine Jansen's reverential following is bound to proliferate in the wake of her five-concert Perspectives series this season at Carnegie Hall, the second installment of which took place December 9 at Zankel Hall. Two days after a series debut that included pieces by Szymanowski, Messiaen, and Bartok, Jansen, along with pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk and cellist Gorleif Thed&...
Janine Jansen set for 5 concerts in Carnegie Hall - Perspectives Series / Broadway World
Celebrated Dutch violinist Janine Jansen kicks off her five-concert Perspectives series this season at Carnegie Hall with two exciting chamber concerts in December. Ms. Jansen resumes her Perspectives series in the new year with three exciting programs in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. Giving a performance of the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 on Thursday, January 18 at 8:00 p.m., Ms. Jansen re...
Janine Jansen - Brahms and Bartok 1 / ArtsHub review
The first question this recording raised was ‘Why another recording of the Brahms Violin Concerto?' What is also remarkable here is that the recording is truly exciting with both soloist - Dutch violinist, Janine Jansen and conductor Antonio Pappano working in pretty close to perfect rapport in bringing the very best from each work. Jansen refers to the conductor encouraging a singing&n...
Take a moment to hear how incredible Janine Jansen sounds / Classic FM
So by now you should know that Janine Jansen is one of the best violinists around. But what does she sound like playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto? Take a look at this video from 2011, in which she and Gustavo Dudamel and his trusty LA Phil totally slay this monster of the violin rep: If you require more of this sort of thing, we direct you towards Classic FM's Full Works Concert. Every Monday in Au...
The colourful timbres of Janine Jansen / euronews
Completely immersed in the timbres of a Polish masterpiece, Dutch violin virtuoso Janine Jansen has brought Karol Szymanowski's First Violin Concerto in Munich vividly to life. She was accompanied by the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of music director Valery Gergiev. One of the world's greatest violinists, Jansen enjoys pushing the boundaries of her wide-ranging repertoire. "I love the s...
Janine Jansen - Brahms | Bartok / WBAA review
There are many stories about Brahms Violin Concerto, or I should specify, there are lots of stories about violinists and performing the masterpiece. Once a violinist thought they were hired to play Brahms, where there was no rehearsal with the orchestra, just the concerts – as the soloist had a good relationship with the music director and musical group performing together. Since the compositi...
Janine Jansen - Brahms | Bartok / Sinfini Music review
Jansen and Pappano's partnership is an exciting one, says Harriet Smith, who enjoys a fascinating pairing of concertos, capturing both the musically epic and the intimate. The back of this disc features Pappano and Jansen arm-wrestling. I wouldn't like to speculate who won that tussle, but in these two concertos they're very much on an even footing. In the Brahms, Pappano encourages his S...
Janine Jansen - Brahms | Bartok / theguardian review
Janine Jansen's recording of the Brahms Violin Concerto – a landmark disc for any violinist – is taken live from concerts in Rome with Antonio Pappano and his Santa Cecilia orchestra. Their sound is rich and weighty, the better to support Jansen's interpretation, itself heavyweight yet characteristically mercurial. Jansen's playing glows, and the second theme of the first movement really sing...
Janine Jansen talks Brahms & Bartok in January issue of Gramophone
The January 2016 issue of Gramophone begins the year by discussing Brahms, Bartók and life as a 21st century virtuoso with violinist Janine Jansen. Jansen reinforces her status as one of the world's greatest violinists with this long-awaited release of the Brahms's Violin Concerto coupled with Bartók's Violin Concerto No. 1. These two landmark concertos are sensational ...
Janine Jansen to receive 2015 Bremen Musikfest Award / The Strad
Dutch violinist Janine Jansen has been announced as the winner of this year's Bremen Musikfest Award. The 37-year-old will receive the honour at a concert during this year's festival, which takes place from 29 August to 19 September. In its citation, the jury said, ‘As a soloist and as a chamber musician Janine Jansen combines the highest degree of virtuosity, richness of expression and...
Janine Jansen comes to New Zealand for three evenings of the Brahms / New Zealand Herald
This Friday, March 27 Friday, Janine Jansen appears as guest soloist with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for its first Town Hall concert of the year in Auckland, playing Tchaikovsky. With her husband, conductor Daniel Blendulf, the pair are about to launch three evenings of the Brahms Concerto in Sydney when we chat. The Dutch violinist redefines friendly, her voluble conversation peppered with breez...
Janine Jansen brings perfect understanding to Brahms concerto / The Austrailian
Watching a recent performance on YouTube of the Brahms Violin Concerto by Dutch violinist Janine Jansen, I was struck by the unfailing elegance of her playing. She brought the same qualities to her superb account of the concerto with conductor Daniel Blendulf and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Jansen captured the concerto's dual character of epic nobility and rhapsodic lyricism. She was fearless...
Janine Jansen and Itamar Golan Balance Power and Nuance at Zankel Hall / New York Times
New York fans of the Dutch violinist Janine Jansen have had it rough in recent years. Illness caused her to bow out of high-profile concerts with the Budapest Festival Orchestra in 2013 and the New York Philharmonic last year. On Tuesday, she was back, in radiant form, with a recital at Zankel Hall alongside the Israeli pianist Itamar Golan, which proved that she is an artist worth the wait. Also wor...
Janine Jansen plays the last night of the Proms / The Telegraph interview
Janine Jansen closes out the BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall Saturday night with a performance of Chausson's Poeme and Ravel's Tzigane. In an interview with the Telegraph, she discusses her past Proms experiences. "I love [Royal Albert Hall]... it feels warm and intimate." Growing up watching the Proms on TV, she first played the concert series in 2003 and has returned almost every year since...