Mozart

Make a recording of two of Mozart’s three flute concertos? For Helena Macherel, it felt like an obvious thing to do. “How could one say no to such an offer?” The patron of the arts, now deceased, who backed her for years, encouraged her in this direction..

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"The latest Claves release from Joachim Carr is titled ‘Numinosum’, a word drawn from Jungian psychology to describe a sort of involuntary mystical or religious experience. The programme suggests that the 35-year-old Norwegian pianist is a musician with a strong spiritual bent and his booklet essay of no fewer than 17 pages seems to indicate that this spirituality flourishes within a rigorous intellectual framework. Busoni’s transcriptions of four Bach chorale preludes serve as headings to chapters variously consisting of Liszt, Franck and Messiaen. [..]

Carr meets the two Liszt Légendes on their own terms with striking results. ‘St Francis of Assisi: Sermon to the Birds’ is all delicacy and finesse, delivered with a thoroughly captivating simplicity. [..] The two selections from Messiaen’s Vingt Regards are breathtaking in their pointillist precision and imagination. Richly evocative, these performances make one hope that Carr will one day record the entire cycle. [..] The chorale preludes are models of contrapuntal clarity and Carr shapes the actual chorale tunes with great sensitivity. [..]

That said, this is an unusually thoughtful recording which will doubtless reward repeated listening."

Gramophone Magazine, Patrick Rucker, november 23


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Nolwenn Bargin
Nolwenn Bargin, a French-Swiss flutist of Breton origin, shows an early interest in the flute. At 11, she begins her studies in Paris in the class of Sophie Cherrier and at 19, she enters the Musikhochschule of Stuttgart in the class of Jean-Claude Gérard where she obtains her diploma of higher studies five years later.

She then continues her studies in the class of Davide Formisano and obtains in 2010 her soloist diploma with unanimity. She starts her professional career at the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen. Temporary contracts followed at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, playing under the direction of Pierre Boulez, Ricardo Chailly and Gustavo Dudamel among others, and at the Berlin Philharmonic, playing under conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Bernard Haitink and Herbert Blomstedt.

Currently co-soloist at the Musikkollegium Winterthur.

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Charl du Plessis Trio
Charl du Plessis rose to fame when he was the youngest pianist in Africa to be named a Steinway Artist in 2010. He has since embarked on an international career working simultaneously as classical and jazz pianist and has illuminated the music of Bach, Chopin, Gershwin and Antonio Carlos Jobim and for a new generation of listeners.

Since making the decision to establish his own trio with bassist Werner Spies and drummer Hugo Radyn in 2006, Charl du Plessis has alerted audiences to the complexities and capabilities of combining jazz and classic music. The creative possibilities of this musical unit have offered him the means to produce a wide range of music not confined by any style or genre.

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Kathrin Schmidlin, Piano
The young Swiss pianist Kathrin Schmidlin, born in 1990, studied with Karl-Andreas Kolly at the Zurich University of the Arts, Wolfgang Manz at the Nuremberg University of Music and Tobias Schabenberger at the Basel University of Music.

She is a multiple prize winner of national and international competitions and a scholarship holder of the Bachwoche Ansbach. She received important impulses from Henri Sigfridsson, Aleksandar Madžar, Brigitte Meyer, Konstantin Lifschitz and Hartmut Höll, among others.

Her performances have taken her to Paris, Bayreuth at the Steingräber & Söhne Piano Factory as part of the Young Master Pianists, to Gladbeck for the Forum of German Music Academies, to the Theater Basel, to Sils Maria and to the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad.

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Peter-Lukas Graf, Flute
Peter-Lukas Graf was born in Zürich. He studied flute with André Jaunet (Zürich), Marcel Moyse and Roger Cortet (Paris). He was awarded the First Prize as flautist and the Conductors Diploma at the Conservatoire Nationale de Paris. During three years he studied conducting in Munich. Graf won the First Prize at the International Music Contest of the ARD in Munich and the Bablock Prize of the H. Cohen International Music Award in London.

The multi-talented musician was appointed the youngest principal flutist at the Winterthur Symphony Orchestra and at the Lucerne Festival Orchestra with additional conducting responsibilities. It followed a period of full time opera and symphonic conducting.

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