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

“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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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.

Aart van der Wal

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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Five Melodies op. 35bis - Lento
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