"Niet een al te positieve recensie"Leeuwarder Courant, 01-11-2013
The Isabelle van Keulen Ensemble started in January 2011, initiated by violinist and violist Isabelle van Keulen, in the series ‚Carte Blanche’ in Haarlem’s Concertgebouw with compositions by Ástor Piazzolla. After the enormous success of their first concert many further invitations followed instantaniously, a.o. Den Haag (Nieuwe Kerk) and Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), and also from international music festivals like Schleswig Holstein Musikfestival, Rheingau Musikfestival and Delft Chamber Music Festival.
Isabelle van Keulen violin
With her warm enthousiasm and musical versatility Isabelle van Keulen is very much in demand on stages all over the world.As a soloist, both on violin and viola, she performs with various renowned orchestra’s and conductors, and is also a passionate chamber musician in many different combinations. In September 2012 she was appointed professor for violin, viola and chamber music at the Hochschule Luzern, Switzerland. She plays a violin by Joseph Guarnerius del Gesù from the year 1734.
Christian Gerber bandonéon
Born in 1976 Christian Gerber studied at the Hochschule ‚Hanns Eisler’ in Berlin and focused already very early on Argentinian Tango and Tango Nuevo. He received lessons from famous bandonéon players like Juan José Mosalini and Alfredi Marcucci. With his Quinteto Ángel, founded in 2001, he performs all over Europe. Besides he is involved in many cross-over projects and concerts with avant garde music, film music and theatre productions. Since 2003 he is also a member of the group Tango Crash, which got the ‚Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik’ and he is part of the group Stazo Mayor with Grammy-winning musician Luis Stazo.
Ulrike Payer piano
Ulrike Payer is one of the most versatile pianists of this time. Her repertoire is going from barock through to modern music, from solo concerto’s to chamber music and song accompaniment. Ulrike Payer has since many years been engaged with the Argentinian Tango. Especially her encounter and cooperation with bandonéon player Alfredo Marcucci in 1998 gave her a huge inspiration in this genre. She has been appearing with many famous and respected Argentinian musicians like Cholo Montironi, Norberto Bondino, Carlos Buono, Quique Sinesi and the Sexteto Mayor.
Rüdiger Ludwig double bass
Born in 1970 Rüdiger Ludwig started playing the double bass at the age of 15. Two years later he continued studying with Professor Günter Klaus at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt. After having played in the Opera Orchestra in Mainz and the Orchestra of Saarland Radio in Saarbrücken Rüdiger Ludwig became Co-Principal double bass in the NDR Orchestra Hanover, a position he has held since 1995. He is often heard in chamber music concerts with artists like Isabelle van Keulen, Ulrike Payer and the Leopold String Trio. He plays a double bass by Sébastien Philippe Bernardel „Bernardel Père“ from the year 1856.
Niet een al te positieve recensie
Leeuwarder Courant, 01-11-2013
the dutch violinist plays the music of Ástor Piazolla with a passion. Her Ensemble supports her with highest intensity and extremely imaginative. A great achievement!
No quote, not possitive
"For lovers, and there are undoubtedly many, there is nothing else but to buy both formats, but than you have the crème de la crème of Piazzolla's performances at home"
They take Astor Piazolla's music by heart and this is how they play themselves into the hearts of everyone loving music - and especially tango.
Kultur online, 18-9-2013
better than any other classical music record ever made
HDVD Arts, 09-9-2013
"Every bar demands your complete attention. But there's little cheerful or elating about it. The overwhelming emotion of most of the numbers is sadness, especially when the mournful bandoneón is doing anything other than rhythm"
Hans Pannecoucke's Regie is cautious and considered: The camera floates slowly without deviating from the actual object, while the cuts are used in a contained way.
A music, the quartet was completely absorbed in that evening.
Der Inselbote, 17-8-2013
Wiesbadener Tagblatt, 13-8-2013
"For the violinist it is a special experience to be a guest at the kamermuziekfestival in Delft, this is her own brainchild which she led with passion with for so long."
"The CD contains many classics, like Oblivion and Libertango, but also the drawn Contrabaijisimo and the beautiful melanchol song Tanti anni prima, from Piazzolla's soundtrack from the film Enrico IV Bellochio."
NRC Handelsblad, 05-8-2013
Isabelle van Keulen and her ensemble are not re-inventing Tango. But they play the popular compositions by Piazolla with such an intensity as they are discovering it for the first time - and they create an ispiring experience for the audience.
hr2 Kultur, 09-7-2013
This recording of Piazolla's compositions is convincing with a seldom heard intensity
Norddeutscher Rundfunk, 03-6-2013
With her ensemble with cast violin, bandoneon, double bass and piano van Keulen underlines the passion and the avantgardistic snap in Piazzollas art-tangos and makes you feel a amorous rusteling, the finesse and the nearly physical delight of playing these compositions.