Simone Lamsma & Robert Kulek

Sonatas for Violin and Piano

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Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917267723
Catnr: CC 72677
Release date: 01 October 2015
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01 October 2015

"Lamsma made a great impression, with here meaty, romantic tone, not afraid of a glissando more or less."

De Volkskrant, 03-8-2016
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The sonatas in this captivating recital epitomise three key stages in the history of Romanticism. Mendelssohn did more than any other composer to ensure a seamless transition between the Classicism of Haydn and Mozart and the lyrical expansiveness of a new era. His 1838 Sonata tantalises the senses, combining passion and brilliance with meticulously balanced precision. By the time his friend Schumann began work on his D minor Sonata just 13 years later, the Romantic era was in full swing, and his lifelong exploration of alternative dreamworlds had begun to affect his own ability to keep a firm hold on reality. Janáček’s Sonata was composed on the eve of the First World War at a time when the old social order and the Romantic dream were on the point of extinction, reflected in a multi-faceted score of searing emotional intensity and often startling changeability. Mendelssohn was one of the great musical polymaths of the 19th century. There was seemingly nothing he could not turn his hand to with equal success, from philosophy, linguistics and swimming to water colours, poetry and gymnastics, yet it was above all music that activated his insatiable genius. In addition to his almost unparalleled achievements as a boyhood composer and pianist, he was also an outstanding violinist and violist. ‘He never touched a string instrument the whole year round,’ recalled fellow composer-conductor Ferdinand Hiller (1811–1885), ‘but if he wanted to he could do it, as he could most other things.’ Yet in later life, with many other commitments sapping away at his energies, the violin only came out of its case when Felix was called upon to fill out domestic chamber ensembles as the need arose.
Hartverwarmende sonates voor viool en piano
Op dit album staan sonates voor viool en piano, wat minder bekende muziek, van Mendelsshohn, Janáček en Schumann. Violiste Simone Lamsma en pianist Robert Kulek werken eendrachtig samen in deze uitvoering van bewogen muziek. "Heerlijke kamermuziek van Mendelssohn, Schumann en Janácek. Het album is als een reis door de romantiek, met topvioliste Simone Lamsma als inspirerende gids." NRC Handelsblad, december 2015.

De sonates op dit album vertegenwoordigen 3 belangrijke fases in de geschiedenis van de Romantiek. Die van Felix Mendelssohn (1838), stamt uit het begin van de Romantiek. In deze sonate staat de naadloze overgang van het Classicisme van Mozart en Haydn naar een nieuwe en meer lyrische stijl centraal. Dertien jaar later, toen Robert, Alexander Schumann zijn sonate componeerde, was de Romantiek in volle gang. In de periode waarin Leoš (Eugen) Janáček zijn sonate schreef, op de vooravond van de Eerste Wereldoorlog, stond de Romantiek op het punt van uitsterven. Wat blijkt uit zijn sonate vol schrijnende en emotionele intensiteit.

De Nederlandse violiste Simone Lamsma (Leeuwarden, 1985) speelde al viool toen ze 5 jaar was. Op haar 11e vertrok ze naar Engeland om daar te studeren aan de Yehudi Menuhin School. Ze debuteerde, 14 jaar oud, bij het Noord Nederlands Orkest met het 1e vioolconcert van Paganini. Pers en publiek waren laaiend enthousiast. 5 jaar later zou ze cum laude afstuderen aan de Royal Academy of Music. Inmiddels speelt ze wereldwijd met gerenommeerde orkesten. De Lets-Amerikaanse, in Nederland wonende, pianist Robert Kulek is een vertrouwde begeleider van de violiste. Jaap van Zweden noemt Simone Lamsma "een van de meest toonaangevende violisten ter wereld". Simone speelt op een 'Stradivarius', haar in bruikleen gesteld, door een anonieme gever.
"Simone Lamsma beherrscht einen großartigen, kraftvollen Geigenklang, das Instrument ist in allen Lagen gleich präsent. [...] Sie spielte engagiert zupackend, mit viel Sinn für große Linien [...]." - Frankfurter Neue Presse, Anneke Jung

Die junge Violinistin Simone Lamsma ist schon lange kein Geheimtipp mehr, sie konzertiert weltweit und für Jaap van Zweden ist sie bereits jetzt eine der führenden Violinistinnen unserer Zeit. An ihrer Seite Robert Kulek, der nicht nur für seine Zusammenarbeit mit Arabella Steinbacher und Daniel Müller-Schott bekannt ist.

Gemeinsam interpretieren sie Sonaten von Robert Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn und Leos Janacek, die eindrucksvoll die drei Stadien der Romantik nachzeichnen. Während Mendelssohn um einen nahtlosen Übergang vom klassischen Stil Haydns und Mozarts zu einem neuen, emotionalen Stil bemüht war, war die Romantik bei Schumanns Komposition der Sonate in d-moll 13 Jahre später schon in vollem Gange und so konnte er sich seinen musikalischen Träumereien frei hingeben. Janáčeks Sonate hingegen stellt das Ausklingen der Romantik dar: er komponierte seine Sonate kurz vor dem Ersten Weltkrieg, in einer Zeit, in der die soziale Ordnung ins Wanken geriet und die Träume der Romantiker verloschen, was an der facettenreichen Partitur voll emotionaler Itensität abgelesen werden kann.

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Hailed by critics and audiences for her, “brilliant... polished, expressive and intense,” (Cleveland Plain Dealer) and “absolutely stunning,” (Chicago Tribune) playing, Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma is respected as one of classical music’s most thrilling young stars.

Ms Lamsma performs with leading orchestras around the world including the Royal Concertgebouw, Cleveland and The Hallé orchestras; Chicago, BBC, Frankfurt Radio, Cincinnati, London, Finnish Radio and New Zealand symphony orchestras; San Francisco, Lucerne, Dallas and St Louis symphonies; London, Royal Liverpool, Rotterdam, Netherlands Radio, Hong Kong and Seoul Philharmonic orchestras; Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Amsterdam Sinfonietta.
She works with eminent conductors including Vladimir Jurowski, Sir Neville Marriner, Jiří Bělohlávek, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, James Gaffigan, Sir Andrew Davis, Andrès Orozco-Estrada, Marek Janowski, Kirill Karabits and Yan Pascal Tortelier.

She enjoys a regular collaboration with Maestro Jaap van Zweden, who considers her one of the leading violinists in the world. An acclaimed recitalist, Ms Lamsma’s has recently performed on tour throughout Italy, the UK, US and The Netherlands.

An avid chamber musician, her collaborations include projects with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and pianist Alessio Bax; as part of the Verbier Festival at Germany’s Schloss Elmau with clarinettist Martin Fröst, violist Lawrence Power, pianist Denis Kozhukin and cellist Jakob Koranyi; and at Amsterdam’s IJ-salon with pianist Emmanuel Ax and members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Simone Lamsma began studying the violin at age 5 before moving to the UK at age 11 to study with Professor Hu Kun at the Yehudi Menuhin School. She continued her studies at the Royal Academy of Music (London) with Professor Hu Kun and Professor Maurice Hasson, where she graduated with first class honours and several prestigious awards. Ms Lamsma is the recipient of numerous national and international honours including the 2010 Dutch VSCD Classical Music Prize as a New Generation Musician; has performed in the presence of HRH Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands as part of the nationally broadcast 2011 Queen’s Day Concert with the Dutch Radio Chamber Philharmonic; and was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2011 in recognition of her significant and distinguished contributions to her field.
Ms Lamsma plays the “Mlynarski” Stradivarius (1718), on generous loan to her by an anonymous benefactor.

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Lamsma made a great impression, with here meaty, romantic tone, not afraid of a glissando more or less.
De Volkskrant, 03-8-2016

NRCWEEKEND - 7 & 8 May
NRC, 07-5-2016

["]..Delicious chamber music by Mendelssohn, Schumann and Janacek. The album is like a journey through the romance with Ms Lamsma topvioliste as inspiring guide."
NRC Handelsblad, 21-12-2015

["] .. The latest CD of Simone Lamsma once again proved its exceptional qualities. She can not be too carried away by the emotion of the moment, could play as easily colorful as virtuoso, basically works in one part with one pace and controlled the grand gesture as much as the almost inconspicuous change. The effect on the repertoire is very enjoyable."
Luister, 17-12-2015

"The surround recording from Challenge Classics stands out due to especially brilliant and powerful interpretations and a finely coordinated dialogue between the instruments. This is perfect harmony."
Pizzicato, 06-12-2015

["].. Lamsma and her Latvian-American pianist Robert Kulek,who  livesin the Netherlands, prove in united efforts their mastery give the music all they have got, keeping the overview and nowhere becoming sentimental."  
Klassieke Zaken, 01-12-2015

["].. Lamsma is an extremely talented violinist, with impressive technology and a great poetic power. ... Her game has a naturalness in perfection and control which make you forget the efforts of the musician. This could result for the listener full concentration on the music. "
Friesch Dagblad, 19-11-2015

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Radio 4 CD van de Week, 26-10-2015

4**** ["]..The resilience is heartwarming and every note will get a clear interpretation."
Telegraaf, 10-10-2015

["]..We have here the debut recording of the Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma. One doesn’t need to listen long to become totally convinced that we have here another top class violinist from The Netherlands."
HR audio, 06-10-2015

[''].. She's simply "An example of musical honesty and superior taste." "
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