Insight (2019)

Enescu, Improv., Bach, Biber, Ysaye

Rosanne Philippens

Thinking up new programs is something I usually do on my own at my desk. But for this solo album I wanted to take up a new challenge to create a programme with my audience. I had the feeling that this would provide me with new insight.

With just my violin as travelling companion, I set off through Europe for a series of solo recitals with a collection of pieces to try out. After each concert I asked the audience for feedback: how had they experienced the programme? The atmosphere, the sequence of the pieces and the length. Instead of treating my audience as passive listeners, I invited them to discuss these matters and feel involved. On my way to the next recital I thought about the reactions.

Slowly but surely the program began to form a logical entity. This is what INSIGHT is all about. The liner notes tell more about the process of making a program,  and the actual music is the final result.

What is in store for you? Not the average classical program. Don’t be surprised if a Baroque piece dating from 1676 is split into two or if the Sarabande by the twentieth-century composer Enescu is embraced by dances by Bach. Be open to new insights and enjoy!

- 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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Insight (2019)

Enescu, Improv., Bach, Biber, Ysaye

Rosanne Philippens


(...) Bartók lijkt hen op het lijf geschreven, want ook de gevaarlijkste passages, zoals versnellingen, scherpe dissonanten en schielijke overgangen vloeien probleemloos uit hun instrumenten. Dat de opname fraai is, hoeft bij dit label niet te verbazen.

    Klassieke Zaken

(...) Als je van begin tot eind luistert ervaar je een prachtige, ronde opbouw, met kop en staart. De verbindende en zeer smaakvolle improvisaties zijn van Philippens zelf. Haar transities nemen je mee van de ene naar de andere sfeer. (...)

Bruno Truyens

    The Strad

A bold, daring, semi-improvised programme that is intensely powerful. (...) Her sweet, mellow tone colour is perfect for this most delicate of programmes, ranging from Biber and Bach to Enescu and Ysaÿe.

    NRC -

(...) Muziek is een toevluchtsoord voor het mysterie in een onttoverde wereld. Rosanne Philippens toont de spirituele wil en het instinct om die betovering weer op te roepen.

Joost Galema

    Het Parool

(...) Insight is een prachtig betoog geworden, met stukken die elmkaar anvullen en versterken, waardoor het geheel in feite één lange, 53 minuten en 27 seconden durende compositie is geworden. (...) Ze speelt het allemaal bijzonder fraai, zangerig en meeslepend.

Erik Voermans

    CD Choice

(...) Perhaps the most intriguing thing about this very winning disc is the enterprising programme arranged by the violinist Rosanne Philippens. It is a selection generated from the musician’s tours of Europe’s for a series of solo recitals – and Philippens welcomed audience feedback. Equally unusual here is the notion of baroque piece from 1676 set against a sarabande by the 20th-century composer Enescu and dances by Bach. The final result is a fragmentary but exhilarating programme, dispatched with immense musicianship. (...)

Insight (2019)

Enescu, Improv., Bach, Biber, Ysaye

Rosanne Philippens

Cables: Van den Hul 3T (exclusive use)
Digital Converters: Horus, Merging Technologies
Editing Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Mastering Engineer: Jared Sacks
Microphones: Bruel & Kjaer 4006, Schoeps
Mixing Board: Rens Heijnis, custom design
Producer: Jared Sacks
Recording Engineer: Jared Sacks
Recording Location: Dutch Reformed Church, Renswoude, The Netherlands, November 2018
Recording Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD 256
Speakers: Grimm LS1

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