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International recognition for Jonathan Berman

Jonathan Berman has received the highest acclaim for his recording of Franz Schmidt’s four symphonies for the Accentus Music label. The BBC Music Magazine emphasises Berman’s ‘commitment and enthusiasm, delivering playing of sensitivity and technical brilliance’; the Spanish magazine Scherzo states that ‘this is perhaps the most convincing approach to the composer’s musical universe’; the Belgian Crescendo speaks of a ‘landmark recording’ and the Austrian Online Merker also recognises in this interpretation ‘new standards, in that each work is interpreted with precision, passion and tonal refinement’. Fono Forum attests Berman ‘a deep understanding of [Schmidt’s] music’, the Italian magazine Musica emphasises ‘the expressive particularity of a warm, cheerful lyricism without sentimental devotion and without rhetoric’, the Austrian Radio Ö 1 confirms the recording’s ‘taste and transparency’ and the Australian Limelight magazine is also impressed by the ‘beautiful playing’.

Jonathan Berman has recorded Franz Schmidt’s symphonic oeuvre with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales; the CD box set has been available in stores and on all streaming platforms since 1 December 2023.


Debut CD: Jonathan Berman releases the symphonies of Franz Schmidt

All four symphonies by Franz Schmidt are being released today in a recording of Jonathan Berman. Conducting the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, he has recorded the works of the Austro-Hungarian composer for Accentus Music. The Belgian magazine “Crescendo” is already talking about a “ground-breaking release”, “Scherzo” from Spain states: “This is perhaps the most convincing approach to the musical universe of this composer.” Jonathan Berman’s most thorough research lasting more than five years resulted in “The Franz Schmidt Project“, for which he conducted interviews with Franz Welser-Möst, Fabio Luisi, Wayne Marshall and Simone Young, among others.


Jonathan Berman: Trailer “Franz Schmidt: The Symphonies”

The new trailer of the release of the CD box with the symphonies by Franz Schmidt on 1 December 2023 for Accentus Music. Jonathan Berman conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and gives personal insights into the music of the Austro-Hungarian composer.


Petri Kumela releases “absurd” guitar concertos

Finnish guitarist Petri Kumela presents a new recording for Alba Records today. On the disc with the title “Exquisitely absurd” he has recorded works by contemporary composers: Antti Auvinen, Riikka Talvitie and Lotta Wennäkoski. Kumela is accompanied by the Tapiola Sinfonietta conducted by Dima Slobodeniouk. The compositions are commissioned works written for and premiered by Petri Kumela.


Great reviews for the CDs by Stephanie Lamprea and Konstantin Ingenpass

High praise for the recordings by soprano Stephanie Lamprea and baritone Konstantin Ingenpass: Stephanie Lamprea's recording of Georges Aperghis' "14 Récitations" (New Focus Recordings) was praised as a "true high-performance act" (Fono Forum), a "sportive vocal adventure of imposing proportions" (Concerti), the Saarländische Rundfunk described the soprano as a "breathtaking vocal acrobat" who "approaches the interpretation with tremendous precision."
Konstantin Ingenpass, who released the CD "Welt & Traum" for Hänssler Classic, is praised for his "clear, voluminous voice, much depth and seriousness" (radio Ö 1), radio WDR 3 describes Ingenpass' voice as "ravishingly beautiful, [... ] with many tonal facets", Takt1 praises the baritone for the "sheer beauty of his voice with intelligence and empathy", Concerti raves about "the beautiful and delightful colour values from the dark voice", radio BremenZwei describes it as "mature and round with clear highs and warm depths", moreover, Ingenpaß' "deep psychological insight can be felt."
Both recordings are available since 10 February.


Stephanie Lamprea and Konstantin Ingenpass release CDs

Soprano Stephanie Lamprea and baritone Konstantin Ingenpass release two new recordings today: Stephanie Lamprea, of Colombian-American origin, has recorded Georges Aperghis' "14 Récitations" for New Focus Recordings. The avant-garde cycle for unaccompanied solo voice describes a woman in a traumatic state. The exact content cannot be understood due to the use of syllables, phonemes and vocal utterances. Konstantin Ingenpass, winner of the International Hugo Wolf Competition Stuttgart 2020, releases his first own recording with songs by Viktor Ullmann, Franz Liszt, Gustav Mahler and Hugo Wolf. For Hänssler Classic he has recorded „Welt & Traum“ („World & Dream“) with a chamber ensemble conducted by György Mészáros.


Dudok Quartet Amsterdam releases CD with Shostakovich and Bacewicz

Today sees the release of a new disc of the Dudok Quartet Amsterdam. For the Rubicon label, the Dutch musicians have recorded the 5th String Quartet Op. 92 by Dmitri Shostakovich and the String Quartet No. 4 by the Polish composer Grażyna Bacewicz. These works are complemented by some of Shostakovich's 24 Préludes Op. 34. Originally written for piano, the quartet have arranged these for their formation. A special release-event is planned on the 2nd of December in Amsterdam.

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