On the album Obsession, Dutch violinist Niek Baar returns to the pieces that inspired him to become a violinist. Together with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra and Concertmaster Michael Waterman, he recorded wonderfully romantic, well-known and exuberant repertoire, including Ravel’s Tzigane, Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir d’un lieu cher and Tartini’s Il Trillo del Diavolo.
The connection between the musicians is palpable. Niek says that “The Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra played every moment as if we were playing the most intimate chamber music repertoire, and that inspired me to take risks, to go outside of my comfort zone, and perform as a whole with each other.”
Niek plays a magnificent and rare violin made in Cremona in 1729 by Carlo Bergonzi. On this recording produced by Jared Sacks, you hear the ‘core’ of the instrument, including all of the gritty elements that accompany the sweet, soprano tones that the violin is most famous for.
Niek Baar, Violin
Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra
Michael Waterman, Concertmaster
Total time: 01:02:37
|Analog to Digital Converter||
Horus, Merging Technologies at DSD 256
Van den Hul, 3T – exclusive use of Van den Hul 3T cables
Brüel & Kjær 4006, Schoeps
|Original Recording Format|
Rens Heijnis, Custom Design
MCO Hilversum, The Netherlands in January 2022
|Release Date||August 19, 2022|
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