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Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 77  / In tempus praesens

Simone Lamsma / The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 77 / In tempus praesens

Format: SACD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917268126
Catnr: CC 72681
Release date: 10 March 2017
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Challenge Classics
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0608917268126
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CC 72681
Release date
10 March 2017

"Two stunning Concertos which shine in an outstanding way within the hands of Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma....[Shostakovich] Lamsma is gentle, subtle, with a very fine tone... [Gubaidulina] The work is among the very best of XXIst Century and Lamsma is really extraordinary."

Scherzo, 02-1-2018
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The structure of Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto is particularly original, with a sequence of four movements – slow, fast, slow, fast – entitled Nocturne, Scherzo, Passacaglia and Burlesque. The opening movement (Nocturne) is a beautiful song, blossoming from a single melodic fragment. The Scherzo is biting and dazzlingly virtuosic, like a carousel gone wild. The ensuing Passacaglia is, quite simply, the pinnacle of this concerto; a masterpiece – mature, elegiac and highly lyrical. The passacaglia theme is repeated nine times with contrapuntal elaborations. This is followed by a large-scale cadenza that forms a bridge to the finale. The concerto closes with a Burlesque, in which the theme from the Passacaglia has one final, piercing reappearance.

Shortly after the premiere of Gubaidulina’s Offertorium (1981), the Swiss patron of the arts Paul Sacher asked her to compose a further violin concerto for the German soloist Anne-Sophie Mutter, but nothing came of this due to lack of time. It was only in 2007, eight years after Sacher’s death, that Gubaidulina completed In tempus praesens, which was given its première by Mutter at the Lucerne Festival. It is a work of extreme contrasts in which very deep, infernal passages are juxtaposed with extremely high, celestial episodes. Much more so than Offertorium, In tempus praesens is a spectacular work for the violinist, who plays virtually from start to finish and barely has a chance to pause for breath. The virtuosity demanded by the work is never an end in itself.

Pizzicato on Lamsa’s first release on Challenge Classics (CC 72677): "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."
Twee bijzondere vioolconcerten uitgevoerd door Simone Lamsma
In deze opname twee ontroerende vioolconcerten van twee begenadigde componisten. Het Eerste Vioolconcert van Dmitri Sjostakovitsj en het concert In tempus praesens van Sofia Gubaidulina. Topvioliste Simone Lamsma wilde juist deze twee stukken aan elkaar koppelen en ze heeft gelijk, ze vormen een perfecte combinatie. In harmonieus samenspel begeleidt Het Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, onder leiding van de dirigenten James Gaffigan (Sjostakovitsj) en Reinbert de Leeuw (Gubaidulina), de violiste. "Simone Lamsma is een van die fantastische Nederlandse viooltalenten met een gevestigde internationale reputatie voor wie geen zee te hoog gaat." Dagblad van het Noorden, maart 2017.

Simone wilde In tempus praesens graag koppelen aan het Eerste Vioolconcert van Sjostakovitsj, omdat de twee werken op veel manieren met elkaar verbonden zijn. Sjostakovitsj was een van de grootste ondersteuners van Gubaidulina, en op haar beurt putte zij veel inspiratie uit zijn werk. Beide componisten leefden in moeilijke tijden, wat hun werk behoorlijk beïnvloedde. Maar volgens Lamsma is hun belangrijkste connectie, de manier waarop zij zichzelf oprecht kunnen uitdrukken in hun muziek, in ongelooflijke klankwerelden van kleur en emotie, en toch beiden op een heel eigen wijze. Ze wisten allebei hun eigen stem te vinden in hun muziek.

Het Eerste Vioolconcert van Sjostakovitsj staat bekend om zijn originele structuur, met vier delen - langzaam, snel, langzaam snel - oftewel Nocturne, Scherzo, Passacaglia en Burlesque. Het openingsdeel Nocturne, is een schitterend lied wat ontbloeit vanuit een enkel melodisch fragment. Het daaropvolgende Scherzo is bijtend en duizelingwekkend virtuoos, als een op hol geslagen carrousel. Het hoogtepunt van de symfonie wordt bereikt, een waar meesterwerk; volwassen, weemoedig en zeer lyrisch. Het passacaglia-thema herhaalt zich negen maal; telkens met andere versieringen in contrapunt. En sluit af met een grootschalige cadens, die de brug vormt naar de finale, de Burlesque. Waarin als laatste de Passacaglia nog een keer, krachtig wordt gepresenteerd. "In her reading Ms Lamsma not only has the required skills & bravura, but is also able to understand and share the emotional aspects with Maestro James Gaffigan." HR Audio over Sjostakovitsj, maart 2017.

In tempus praesens werd voor het eerst opgevoerd in 2007, maar de compositie kent een langere geschiedenis. Vlak na de première van het Offertorium van Gubaidulina in 1981, vroeg de Zwitserse mecenas Paul Sacher, haar een werk te componeren voor viool en orkest, voor de Duitse soliste Anne-Sophie Mutter. Door tijdgebrek lukte dat toen niet. Pas in 2007, acht jaar nadat Sacher was overleden, voltooide Gubaidulina haar In tempus praesens. Het stuk ging in première op het Lucerne Festival met Mutter als solist. Het is een werk van extreme contrasten, waarin diepe, duivelse passages en hoge, bijna hemelse delen, elkaar afwisselen. Het stuk is, nog veel meer dan het Offertorium, een spectaculair werk voor de violist, die nagenoeg van begin tot eind speelt en nauwelijks de kans krijgt om op adem te komen. "Lamsma gives it a brilliantly extrovert reading, doing full justice to the sense of In tempus praesens. Phenomenal. Expect applause at the end" HR Audio over Gubaidulina, maart 2017.

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. 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.

Der Aufbau von Schostakowitschs Erstem Violinkonzert ist besonders originell und beinhaltet eine Folge von vier Sätzen – langsam, schnell, langsam, schnell – mit den Titeln Nocturne, Scherzo, Passacaglia und Burlesque. Er erste Satz (Nocturne) ist ein wunderschönes Lied, das aus einem einzelnen Melodiefragment erblüht. Das Scherzo ist beißend und überwältigend virtuos wie ein wild gewordenes Karussell. Die folgende Passacaglia ist schlicht und einfach der Höhepunkt des Konzertes: ein Meisterwerk – reif, elegisch und enorm lyrisch. Das Passacaglia-Thema wird neunmal mit kontrapunktischen Ausarbeitungen wiederholt. Dem folgt eine großangelegte Kadenz, die die Brücke zum Finale bildet. Das Konzert schließt mit einer Burlesque, in der das Thema der Passacaglia ein letztes, durchdringendes Mal auftritt.

Kurz nach der Premiere von Gubaidulinas Offertorium (1981) bat der Schweizer Kunstmäzen Paul Sacher sie, ein weiteres Violinkonzert für die deutsche Solistin Anne-Sophie Mutter zu schreiben, doch aus Zeitmangel verlief das Projekt im Sande. Erst 2007, acht Jahre nach Sachers Tod, schloss Gubaidulina In tempus praesens ab, das von Mutter beim Lucerne Festival uraufgeführt wurde. Es ist ein Werk extremer Kontraste, in dem sehr tiefe, infernalische Passagen extrem hohen, himmlischen Episoden gegenübergestellt werden. In tempus praesens ist ein deutlich spektakuläreres Werk als Offertorium für den Violinisten, der praktisch das ganze Stück hindurch spielt und kaum Gelegenheit hat, Atem zu holen. Die Virtuosität, die es dem Solisten abverlangt, ist jedoch niemals Selbstzweck.

Pizzicato über Lamsmas erste Veröffentlichung auf Challenge Classics (CC 72677): „Die Surround-Aufnahme von Challenge Classics hebt sich durch besonders brillante und kraftvolle Interpretationen und einen präzise koordinierten Dialog zwischen den Instrumenten ab. Perfekte Harmonie.“

Artist(s)

Simone Lamsma (violin)

Hailed for her 'brilliant... polished, expressive and intense' (Cleveland Plain Dealer) and 'absolutely stunning' (Chicago Tribune) playing, Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma is respected by critics, peers and audiences as one of classical music’s most striking and captivating musical personalities. Conductor Jaap van Zweden with whom Simone enjoys a regular collaboration, describes her as one of the leading violinists in the world. With an extensive repertoire of over 60 Violin Concertos, Simone’s recent seasons have seen her perform with many of the world’s leading orchestras. Notable recent highlights include her debut with the Chicago Symphony, described by the Chicago Tribune as 'piercingly beautiful', as well as performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre...
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Hailed for her "brilliant... polished, expressive and intense" (Cleveland Plain Dealer) and "absolutely stunning" (Chicago Tribune) playing, Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma is respected by critics, peers and audiences as one of classical music’s most striking and captivating musical personalities. Conductor Jaap van Zweden with whom Simone enjoys a regular collaboration, describes her as one of the leading violinists in the world.
With an extensive repertoire of over 60 Violin Concertos, Simone’s recent seasons have seen her perform with many of the world’s leading orchestras.
Notable recent highlights include her debut with the Chicago Symphony, described by the Chicago Tribune as "piercingly beautiful", as well as performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, BBC Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, RTVE Symphony, New Zealand Symphony, a tour of China with the Hong Kong Philharmonic under Jaap van Zweden, and a successful performance of the French première of Michel van der Aa’s Violin Concerto with the Orchestre National de Lyon, stepping in at just 10 days notice.
Stand-out recent festival appearances include her return to the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Festival in 2015, as well as the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, about which the San Diego Reader wrote: “She (Simone Lamsma) appeared to be engaged with Beethoven on a level we seldom encounter….. Beethoven's music was coming through her in a pure state.” Besides her close collaboration with Jaap van Zweden, Simone has worked many other eminent conductors including Vladimir Jurowski, Sir Neville Marriner, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, James Gaffigan, Sir Andrew Davis, Andrès Orozco-Estrada, Jiří Bělohlávek, Marek Janowski, Carlos Kalmar, Kirill Karabits, Stéphane Denève, Hannu Lintu, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Fabien Gabel and James Feddeck.
Highlights for the 16/17 season include debuts with the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa, Vancouver Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, RTE and Iceland Symphony, as well as return invitations to the London Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, Residentie Orchestra and Royal Flemish Philharmonic.
In April 2017 she will return to the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic to perform the world première of Matijs de Roo’s Violin Concerto at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. This season will also mark her Japanese debut, performing with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra as well as in recital with pianist Yurie Miura.
A dedicated chamber musician, other recital appearances include Simone’s highly anticipated debuts in London’s Wigmore Hall and New York’s Carnegie Hall in March 2017 with pianist Robert Kulek, where their programme will include the world première of a new work by James MacMillan, commissioned by Carnegie Hall. She will also return to the Chicago Winter Chamber Music Festival Evanston performing sonatas and trios with pianist Andrew Armstrong and cellist Kenneth Olson.
In 2015 Simone’s most recent recording of sonatas by Mendelssohn, Janáček and Schumann with pianist Robert Kulek was released on the Challenge Classics label, receiving high accolades from the press. In addition to her many (inter)national prizes and distinctions, Simone was awarded the national Dutch VSCD Classical Music Prize in the category 'New Generation Musicians' in 2010, awarded by the Association of Dutch Theatres and Concert Halls to artists that have made remarkable and valuable contributions to the Dutch classical music scene.
Simone began studying the violin at the age of 5 and moved to the UK aged 11 to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School with Professor Hu Kun. At the age of 14 Simone made her professional solo debut with the North Netherlands Orchestra performing Paganini’s 1st Violin Concerto, her debut highly praised by the press. She continued her studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Professor Hu Kun and Professor Maurice Hasson, where she graduated aged 19 with first class honours and several prestigious awards. In 2011, she was made an Associate of the RAM, an honour given to those students who have made significant and distinguished contributions to their field. Simone currently lives in The Netherlands.
Simone plays the "Mlynarski" Stradivarius (1718), on generous loan to her by an anonymous benefactor.

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Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra gave its first concert on 7 October 1945, led by its founder and ‘first conductor‘ Albert van Raalte, on Radio “Herrijzend Nederland”. Initially the orchestra spent most of its time in studios working on a large number of recordings for the public broadcasting system. The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic featured prominently in the Saturday Matinee as soon as the series started in 1961, and has continued to give frequent live performances ever since. The celebrated Saturday Matinee has hosted many legendary concerts. Illustrious soloists such as Kathleen Ferrier, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Clara Haskil and Jean-Pierre Rampal have shared the stage with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2004, the three classical orchestral formations of the broadcasting 15 system...
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The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra gave its first concert on 7 October 1945, led by its founder and ‘first conductor‘ Albert van Raalte, on Radio “Herrijzend Nederland”. Initially the orchestra spent most of its time in studios working on a large number of recordings for the public broadcasting system. The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic featured prominently in the Saturday Matinee as soon as the series started in 1961, and has continued to give frequent live performances ever since. The celebrated Saturday Matinee has hosted many legendary concerts. Illustrious soloists such as Kathleen Ferrier, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Clara Haskil and Jean-Pierre Rampal have shared the stage with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2004, the three classical orchestral formations of the broadcasting 15 system were transformed into two: the present Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic. In 2006, these two orchestras, the Netherlands Radio Choir and the Metropole Orchestra joined the Dutch public broadcasting organisation NPO.
The Radio Philharmonic Orchestra has been conducted by great names such as Bernard Haitink, Jean Fournet, Hans Vonk, Sergiu Comissiona and Edo de Waart. Jaap van Zweden was named its chief conductor in September 2005. The orchestra has also worked with numerous famed guest conductors such as Leopold Stokowski, Kirill Kondrashin, Antál Dorati, Riccardo Muti, Kurt Masur and Valery Gergiev. Soon after its founding, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic found itself foremost in Dutch musical life in the number of performances and the diversity of its repertoire, with a predilection for Dutch and contemporary works in its programming. It has honed another facet of its striking profile with a great many opera concertante performances. The orchestra has an extensive discography, ranging from legendary LPs recorded in the 1970s under such conductors as Leopold Stokowski and Antal Doráti to Jean Fournet’s much-lauded renderings of French repertoire. Under Edo de Waart, not only did it release its legendary Wagner interpretations, but also the complete orchestral works of Rachmaninov. CDs with work by contemporary composers such as Jonathan Harvey, Klas Torstensson, Jan van Vlijmen and Stravinsky have garnered prizes and much acclaim.

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Reinbert de Leeuw (conductor)

Reinbert de Leeuw is a well-known conductor and pianist performing mainly contemporary music. He also taught at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague and founded the  “Dutch Charles Ives Society”. In 1974 he founded the Schönberg Ensemble. They focus on performing works by the Second Viennese School. For the strings of the ensemble he composed the piece Etude. Reinbert de Leeuw regularly conducts the Netherlands' major orchestras and ensembles, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Residentie Orchestra The Hague, the Netherlands Chamber Choir and the ASKO ensemble. He is a regular guest in most European countries and the United States, Japan and Australia. Reinbert de Leeuw has been involved in various opera productions at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam as well as with the Nederlandse Reisopera. Productions include works by Strawinsky, Andriessen, Ligeti and Vivier. In 2011, he conducted Schoenberg's monumental Gurre-Lieder, which...
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Reinbert de Leeuw is a well-known conductor and pianist performing mainly contemporary music. He also taught at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague and founded the “Dutch Charles Ives Society”.

In 1974 he founded the Schönberg Ensemble. They focus on performing works by the Second Viennese School. For the strings of the ensemble he composed the piece Etude.

Reinbert de Leeuw regularly conducts the Netherlands' major orchestras and ensembles, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Residentie Orchestra The Hague, the Netherlands Chamber Choir and the ASKO ensemble. He is a regular guest in most European countries and the United States, Japan and Australia. Reinbert de Leeuw has been involved in various opera productions at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam as well as with the Nederlandse Reisopera. Productions include works by Strawinsky, Andriessen, Ligeti and Vivier. In 2011, he conducted Schoenberg's monumental Gurre-Lieder, which was the realisation of an old ambition of his.

De Leeuw was in 1992 guest artistic director of the Aldeburgh Festival and from 1994–1998 artistic director of Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music. He was artistic advisor for contemporary music with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and from 2001 to 2010 he served as artistic leader at the Nederlandse Orkest- en Ensemble-Academie (NJO; Dutch Orchestra and Ensemble Academy).


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James Gaffigan (conductor)

Hailed for the natural ease of his conducting and the compelling insight of his musicianship, James Gaffigan continues to attract international attention and is one of the most outstanding American conductors working today. James Gaffigan is currently the Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also appointed the first Principal Guest Conductor of the Gürzenich Orchestra, Cologne in September 2013, a position that was created for him. In addition to these titled positions, James Gaffigan is in high demand working with leading orchestras and opera houses throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. In recent seasons, James Gaffigan’s guest engagements have included the Munich, London, Dresden, Oslo, Czech and...
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Hailed for the natural ease of his conducting and the compelling insight of his musicianship, James Gaffigan continues to attract international attention and is one of the most outstanding American conductors working today. James Gaffigan is currently the Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also appointed the first Principal Guest Conductor of the Gürzenich Orchestra, Cologne in September 2013, a position that was created for him.
In addition to these titled positions, James Gaffigan is in high demand working with leading orchestras and opera houses throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. In recent seasons, James Gaffigan’s guest engagements have included the Munich, London, Dresden, Oslo, Czech and Rotterdam Philharmonics, Vienna Symphoniker, Dresden Staatskapelle, Deutsches Symphony Orchestra (Berlin), Konzerthaus Berlin, RSO Berlin, Orchestre de Paris, Zurich Tonhalle, London, BBC, Gothenburg, Bournemouth and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Leipzig and Stuttgart Radio Orchestras, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony and Sydney Symphony. In the States, he has worked with the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, San Francisco and Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and National Symphony Orchestras and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra among others.
As an opera conductor, James Gaffigan made his Vienna State Opera debut in 2011/12 with La Bohéme and was immediately invited back to conduct Don Giovanniduring 12/13. Mr Gaffigan continues his relationship with both the Vienna State Opera and the Glyndebourne Festival – in 2012, he conducted a production of La Cenerentola at Glyndebourne and returned for performances of Falstaff during the summer of 2013. In 2014/15 season he conducted the Hamburg Opera with performances of Salome and the Norwegian Opera with a new production of La Traviata. He made his opera debut at the Zurich Opera in 2005 conducting La Bohéme.
Highlights of the 2015/16 season include debuts with the New York Philharmonic and Don Giovanni at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich. Mr. Gaffigan will also return to the Munich and Los Angeles Philharmonics, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, and the Vienna Staatsoper to conduct the Marriage of Figaro.
Born in New York City in 1979, Mr. Gaffigan has degrees from both the New England Conservatory of Music and the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston. He also studied at the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival, and was a conducting fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center.
In 2009, Mr. Gaffigan completed a three-year tenure as Associate Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony in a position specially created for him. Prior to that appointment, he was the Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra where he worked under Music Director Franz Welser-Möst from 2003 through 2006. James was also named a first prize winner at the 2004 Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition. He lives in Lucerne with his wife Lee and their two children Sofia and Liam.

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Composer(s)

Sofia Gubaidulina

Sofia Gubaidulina studied piano and composition at the conservatory of Kazan, and later the conservatory of Moscow. There, she studied under Nikolai Peiko, the assistent of Dmitri Shostakovich.  She is active as a composer since 1963. In 1975, she founded the Astreja, a group with Viktor Suslin and Vyacheslav Artyomov, which focused on improvisation with rare Russian, Caucasian, Central and East Asian traditional music- and percussion instruments.  Thanks to the renowned violist Gidon Kemer, who promotes her work since the 80s, and conductor Reinbert de Leeuw, who presented many of her works, her music is regurlarly performed in the West. Together with Schnittke and Denisov, she is regarded as one of the most important composers of new music from the former Soviet Union. In...
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Sofia Gubaidulina studied piano and composition at the conservatory of Kazan, and later the conservatory of Moscow. There, she studied under Nikolai Peiko, the assistent of Dmitri Shostakovich. She is active as a composer since 1963. In 1975, she founded the Astreja, a group with Viktor Suslin and Vyacheslav Artyomov, which focused on improvisation with rare Russian, Caucasian, Central and East Asian traditional music- and percussion instruments. Thanks to the renowned violist Gidon Kemer, who promotes her work since the 80s, and conductor Reinbert de Leeuw, who presented many of her works, her music is regurlarly performed in the West. Together with Schnittke and Denisov, she is regarded as one of the most important composers of new music from the former Soviet Union. In 1992, she moved to Germany.


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Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich was a Russian pianist and composer of the Soviet period. He is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century. Shostakovich achieved fame in the Soviet Union under the patronage of Soviet chief of staff Mikhail Tukhachevsky, but later had a complex and difficult relationship with the government. Nevertheless, he received accolades and state awards and served in the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR (1947–1962) and the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union (from 1962 until his death). A polystylist, Shostakovich developed a hybrid voice, combining a variety of different musical techniques into his works. His music is characterized by sharp contrasts, elements of the grotesque, and ambivalent tonality; the composer was also heavily influenced by the...
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Dmitri Shostakovich was a Russian pianist and composer of the Soviet period. He is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century.
Shostakovich achieved fame in the Soviet Union under the patronage of Soviet chief of staff Mikhail Tukhachevsky, but later had a complex and difficult relationship with the government. Nevertheless, he received accolades and state awards and served in the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR (1947–1962) and the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union (from 1962 until his death).
A polystylist, Shostakovich developed a hybrid voice, combining a variety of different musical techniques into his works. His music is characterized by sharp contrasts, elements of the grotesque, and ambivalent tonality; the composer was also heavily influenced by the neo-classical style pioneered by Igor Stravinsky, and (especially in his symphonies) by the late Romanticism associated with Gustav Mahler.
Shostakovich's orchestral works include 15 symphonies and six concerti. His chamber output includes 15 string quartets, a piano quintet, two piano trios, and two pieces for string octet. His solo piano works include two sonatas, an early set of preludes, and a later set of 24 preludes and fugues. Other works include three operas, several song cycles, ballets, and a substantial quantity of film music; especially well known is The Second Waltz, Op. 99, music to the film The First Echelon (1955–1956), as well as the suites of music composed for The Gadfly.

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Press

Two stunning Concertos which shine in an outstanding way within the hands of Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma....[Shostakovich] Lamsma is gentle, subtle, with a very fine tone... [Gubaidulina] The work is among the very best of XXIst Century and Lamsma is really extraordinary.
Scherzo, 02-1-2018

The performances by the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by James Gaffigan and Reinbert de Leeuw are enhanced by Simone Lamsma's sharp and pregnant tone
Amadeus Magazine , 01-12-2017

Want List 2017 Fanfare Magazine – Robert Maxham “A reading by Simone Lamsma of Shostakovich’s First Concerto that should set a standard for the next several generations in the way David Oistrakh’s did for the last several.
Fanfare Magazine, 27-11-2017

For her pairing of striking performances of striking concertos by two generations of Russian composers, Lamsma deserves an especially high commendation." "The opening of the Passacaglia possesses overwhelming, if not crushing, weight in this reading, and Lamsma enters with a subtly nuanced statement over the bass that almost makes Oistrakh's sound bland by comparison. As she reaches climax after climax, the orchestra growls beneath her with a menace far greater than in Oistrakh's early Russian or American recordings.
Fanfare Magazine, 24-11-2017

For decades, reviewers have been suggesting that this or that violinist (beginning with Perlman) had somehow surpassed Oistrakh's accomplishment; many listeners will now, I believe, judge that Lamsma finally has. Overwhelming.
Fanfare Magazine, 24-11-2017

Sound 9 (Live recording for Gubaidulina) - Booklet 8 - Directory 10 -Interpretation 10 Simone Lamsma is equal to the height of the work, music to discover
Crescendo, 30-10-2017

Rating: Performance: five stars Sound: five stars The Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma demonstrates in both works an inspiring empathy with the music and its driving forces. There is a fabulous finesse and power to her technique, which is always placed at the service of these overwhelming emotions: without overstating the latter or indulging in histrionics or forcedness, she is faithful to the composers and lets serious, spiritual expression shine out.
Primephonic, 30-10-2017

BEAUTY IN THE CHAOS” “Simone Lamsma navigates Shostakovich’s complex scores with an intensely moving performance.” “The rich soundscape on this recording reflects Lamsma’s intense, emotionally driven energy.
Strings Magazine, 01-10-2017

Lamsma's performance is never more than convemionally 'expressive'.
BBC Music Magazine, 22-9-2017

This is a unique coupling from a young Dutch violinist
Gramophone, 08-9-2017

It’s an impressive performance of the Shostakovich, a deeply personal work written a few years after the end of the Second World War...
Wholenote, 01-9-2017

In professional circles highly praised, the 31 year old Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma at least in Germany, what's their degree of popularity, is not ventured so far still in the first series.
Das Orchestor, 01-9-2017

A CD that should not only inspire lovers of violin music.
Svensopernparadies, 29-8-2017

​For decades, reviewers have been suggesting that this or that violinist (beginning with Perlman) had somehow surpassed Oistrakh's accomplishment; many listeners will now, I believe, judge that Lamsma finally has. Overwhelming.
Fanfare Magazine, 16-8-2017

This is already the third recording of a fervent and gripping work, and Simone Lamsma is a more than worthy successor to Mutter
The Strad, 03-8-2017

Simone Lamsma is guilty of nothing, plays Gubaidulina's piece with a sonority, which at the same time light permeable remains for the gentle gleam in this piece of the mystic composer Gubaidulina.
Fono Forum, 01-7-2017

5 ***** Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto and Gubaidulina Second form a remarkable program for a recording. Both works get exquisite and captivating accounts from the young Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma.
Pizzicato, 31-5-2017

"The Magic Violin[…] Yes, it would be difficult to deny, “In Tempus Praesens” is one of the great monuments of the modern violin, and one can only welcome the interpretation given here by the Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma, rightly considered today as one of the most gifted of her generation. She literally embodies the sublime music of Sofia Goubaidulina…[..]” Sound 10 - Booklet 7 - Repertoire 9 - Interpretation 10
Crescendo, 29-5-2017

I'm not chauvinist and don't hesitate to say that Lamsma absolutely the best performance so far with this dramatic and ecstatic piece full of Christian symbolism. You need to hear this.
Klassieke zaken, 26-5-2017

Impressive, intense and personal
Klassieke zaken, 26-5-2017

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Dutch violin virtuoso Simone Lamsma
The Violin Channel, 18-5-2017

Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma stole the show with a revelatory account of Shostakovich’s Violin concerto no. 1
Bachtrack, 14-5-2017

A stunningly mature and powerful performance that goes deeply and subtly into two very complex works.
Gramophone, 28-4-2017

I hope the music on this disc will speak to people and will move them in some way. All I can do is bring out what is inside of me, and with that choose the music that I feel is worthy of being heard. I want to share that passion.
Luister, 14-4-2017

The coloration to a pale and small tone in the heart of the first movement is oppressive. The Scherzo is demonic, the following Passacaglia is especially powerful, and the cadenza that forms the bridge to the Finale, is almost a composition in itself.
De Volkskrant, 14-4-2017

The newspapers praise her emotional intensity and clarity.
De Volkskrant, 25-3-2017

Simone Lamsma (1985) is one of those amazing Dutch violin talents with an established international reputation, no mountain too high for her!  
Dagblad van het Noorden, 23-3-2017

... Lamsma enraptures, with a stunning tone ..." "Simone Lamsma (Leeuwarden, 1985) is one of those amazing Dutch violin talents with an established international reputation, for whom no sea is too high.
Het Parool, 18-3-2017

Simone Lamsma to Peter de Grote Festival
Dagblad van het Noorden, 13-3-2017

....I wholeheartedly agree with Jaap van Zweden, whom I’ve heard mention Simone Lamsma as the greatest violinist of our time ....
Opus Klassiek, 10-3-2017

....In her reading Ms Lamsma not only has the required skills & bravura, but is also able to understand and share the emotional aspects with Maestro James Gaffigan..." (about Shotakovich) ".... This is a deeply moving account which has to be heard to be believed... " (about Shotakovich) "...breathtakingly conceived and performed ..." (about Gubaidulina)   "...Lamsma gives it a brilliantly extrovert reading, doing full justice to the sense of 'In tempus Praesens' [.....] Phenomenal. Expect applause at the end ... " (about Gubaidulina)
HR Audio, 08-3-2017

.. a violinist with a rich, throaty tone to draw the singing heart out of Shostakovich's first violin concerto...
Washington Post, 02-3-2017

(...) Her playing easily encompassed the wide-ranging techniques required, though her heavily articulated sound occasionally came at the expense of a true legato sound. She was at her best in the five-minute cadenza, drawing in the audience effectively and taking them through a tremendous, exhausting journey (...)
Bachtrack, 17-1-2017

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Complete Piano Trios vol. 1
Van Baerle Trio
Ghosts
Nino Gvetadze
Violin Concerto, Op. 64 / String Octet, Op. 20
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War Requiem Op. 66
Jaap van Zweden / Netherlands Radio Philharmonic

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