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Dutch cellist Mayke Rademakers' debut on Challenge Classics!


Dutch cellist Mayke Rademakers makes her debut Challenge Classics today with the re-release of her latest album with Cello Suites (before on the label Quintone)! And this is only the beginning because Challenge Classics is happy to be able to plan future projects with Mayke. Her next album, which will be called  'La Furia' is scheduled for February/March 2016!

Mayke is a serious and powerful musician, who has been working hard for years now in a very modest way. Just because of her total dedication to her instrument and to the music, she has raised herself to a very high level. This can not stay unnoticed anymore. In the Netherlands she was spotted by some journalists and the classical magazine Luister gave her a 'Luister 10', the highest ranking you can get. Now is the time for more people to get acquainted with Mayke!

In the re-release of her Cello Suites album Mayke chose a special combination of works. Not only the famous cello suites by J.S. Bach but also for instance works by modern composers such as Gubaidulina, Kurtag and Schnittke. Furthermore she picks up the so-called 'silent cello', an electric amplified instrument on which Mayke plays her own improvisations! She likes to juxtapose different forms of music, thus shedding new light on suites by Bach, which because of that probably never sounded more authentic than on this cd!

A thrilling combination of music lies befor us. These kinds of daring pograms are getting more and more common now in a time were incorporating the old pieces we all know and have heard millions of times, into a dynamical 'conversation' with the present will become a necessity. This not only because we need a new audience for classical music so it can survive but also it is the way for the musician to truly tell their own story, a story that will speak directly to the soul.

We hope Mayke will 'speak' to your soul. She touched ours!

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