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Constellations Ardentes

Olivier Darbellay / Noëlle-Anne Darbellay / Benjamin Engeli

Constellations Ardentes

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Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917277029
Catnr: CC 72770
Release date: 23 March 2018
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Challenge Classics
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0608917277029
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CC 72770
Release date
23 March 2018

"Brahms' Trio Op. 40 is presented by Olivier and Noëlle-Anne Darbellay with an interesting interpretation (three stars)"

De Volkskrant, 14-2-2019
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This is the second disc focused on Olivier Darbellay, one of the foremost horn players of our time.
The previous disc (CC 72771) was a refined selection of Lieder and Songs for Tenor, Horn and Piano, where Darbellay was teamed with Christoph Prégardien and Michael Gees. This time the repertoire is centred on chamber music for horn from Brahms to the present day.
In fact, the disc is a milestone of horn music, featuring the Trio for horn, violin and piano, Op. 40, by Johannes Brahms, followed by a precious and rare gem, the Quatre Petits Pièces for horn, viola and piano, composed by Charles Koechlin in 1920. Two pieces for this rather unique combination of horn and violin by two living composers, Peter Wirth and Jean-Luc Darbellay, round up this unusual and intriguing collection of rare works.
 
Dit is het tweede album waarop Olivier Darbellay, een van de voornaamste hoornisten van deze tijd, centraal staat. Het eerdere album, A Matter of Heart, was een verfijnde selectie van liederen voor tenor, hoorn en piano, waarin Darbellay samenwerkte met Christoph Prégardien en Michael Gees. Dit album brengt vader, zoon en dochter samen. Olivier wordt onder anderen vergezeld door zijn zus, violiste Noelle-Anne Darbellay en hun vader is de componist van een van de gespeelde stukken.

Constellations Ardentes is een reisverhaal door het kamermuziekrepertoire voor hoorn, van Brahms tot aan het heden. Het album is in feite een mijlpaal voor hoornmuziek, in steeds wisselende combinaties van instrumenten, met het Trio voor hoorn, viool en piano Op.40 van Johannes Brahms, gevolgd door een kostbaar en zeldzaam juweeltje, de Quatre Petits Pièces voor hoorn, altviool en piano, gecomponeerd door Charles Koechlin in 1920. Twee stukken voor de tamelijk unieke combinatie van hoorn en viool van twee levende componisten, Peter Wirth en Jean-Luc Darbellay, maken deze intrigerende verzameling van zeldzame werken compleet.
 
Dies ist die zweite CD von Olivier Darbellay, einem führenden Hornisten unserer Zeit.
Die vorherige Veröffentlichung (CC 72771) vereinte eine schöne Auswahl an Liedern für Tenor, Horn und Klavier, aufgenommen mit Christoph Prégardien und Michael Gees. Diesmal steht Kammermusik für Horn von Brahms bis heute im Zentrum des Repertoires. Diese CD präsentiert einen Meilenstein der Hornmusik mit Johannes Brahms‘ Trio für Horn, Violine und Klavier, Op. 40, gefolgt von einem seltenen Juwel, Charles Koechlins 1920 verfassten Quarte Petits Pièces für Horn, Viola und Klavier. Diese ungewöhnliche und faszinierende Sammlung seltener Werke wird von zwei Stücken der zeitgenössischen Komponisten Peter Wirth und Jean-Luc Darbellay abgerundet, die die einzigartige Kombination von Horn und Violine in verlangen.
 

Artist(s)

Benjamin Engeli (piano)

Benjamin Engeli is one of the most versatile Swiss musicians of his generation. His career as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher has taken him to most European countries as well as to Australia, India, North and South America. As a member of the Tecchler Trio, he has performed in venues such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Berlin, Wigmore Hall London, Tchaikovsky Conservatory Moscow, Oriental Arts Center Shanghai, Konzerthaus Vienna or Tonhalle Zurich. He is now member of the Zurich Ensemble and also one out of the 4 pianists of the Gershwin Piano Quartet, with whom he conducted concert tours to Brazil, China and the Middle East. Benjamin comes from a family of musicians and started his musical education on various...
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Benjamin Engeli is one of the most versatile Swiss musicians of his generation. His career as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher has taken him to most European countries as well as to Australia, India, North and South America. As a member of the Tecchler Trio, he has performed in venues such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Berlin, Wigmore Hall London, Tchaikovsky Conservatory Moscow, Oriental Arts Center Shanghai, Konzerthaus Vienna or Tonhalle Zurich. He is now member of the Zurich Ensemble and also one out of the 4 pianists of the Gershwin Piano Quartet, with whom he conducted concert tours to Brazil, China and the Middle East.
Benjamin comes from a family of musicians and started his musical education on various instruments at an early age. Only when he was fifteen did he decide to take his first regular piano lessons, studying with Adrian Oetiker with whom he continued to work for 7 years.
Since many years he is also teaching up-and-coming musicians. For 8 years he held a teaching position for chamber music at Musikhochschule Basel (Switzerland) and serves now as Professor for Piano at Landeskonservatorium Feldkirch (Austria).

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Olivier Darbellay (horn)

Olivier Darbellay was born in Berne in 1974 and started his musical studies at the Berne Conservatory in the cello class of Patrick Demenga and Peter Hörr and in the horn class with Thomas Müller and David Johnson as his teachers. He completed his studies with Bruno Schneider in Freiburg and for the natural horn with Th. Müller in Basel at the “Schola Cantorum Basiliensis”. Since winning the music competition of the “Communauté des Radios publiques de langue françaises” in 1999 as 'Soliste de l’année 2000' and being awarded first prize at the competition of the 'Tribune des jeunes interprètes' 2000 in Lissabon he is a regular guest in the most prestigious halls and festivals. As soloist he performed with orchestras like...
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Olivier Darbellay was born in Berne in 1974 and started his musical studies at the Berne Conservatory in the cello class of Patrick Demenga and Peter Hörr and in the horn class with Thomas Müller and David Johnson as his teachers. He completed his studies with Bruno Schneider in Freiburg and for the natural horn with Th. Müller in Basel at the “Schola Cantorum Basiliensis”.
Since winning the music competition of the “Communauté des Radios publiques de langue françaises” in 1999 as "Soliste de l’année 2000" and being awarded first prize at the competition of the "Tribune des jeunes interprètes" 2000 in Lissabon he is a regular guest in the most prestigious halls and festivals.
As soloist he performed with orchestras like the Moscow Symphony, the Moscow State Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Zurich, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, the Orquestra Sinfonica Portuguesa, the Radio Chamber Orchestra Bucharest, the Tokio Sinfonietta, the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the chamber orchestras of Basel and Zurich, the Symphony Orchestras of Berne and Biel and the Camerata Bern as well as the Camerata Zurich with conductors like Luisi, Schiff, Holliger, McCreesh, Kitajenko and Sakari.
Chamber music plays an important role in Olivier Darbellay’s career, bringing him to perform across Europe , Russia, the USA and Canada, Asia and Australia, with various ensembles and partners such as Joshua Bell, Patricia Kopatchinskaya, Sol Gabetta, Mischa Maisky, Daniil Trifonov, Christian Zacharias, Konstantin Lifschitz, Christoph Prégardien, Mark Padmore and the Ensemble Raro.
He is a regular guest at festivals such as the Lucerne Festival, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Verbier Festival, Berlin (Festwochen and März Musik), Kuhmo, Présence Paris, Montpellier, Wratislawia, Rheingau Festival, Grafenegg, Davos, Ittingen, Murten, Meiringen, Boswiler Sommer, as well as the Barossa and Oxford Chamber Music festivals.
An important part of his activities focuses also on the contemporary repertory as a soloist and as a member of the Collegium Novum Zurich and the Ensemble Contrechamps Geneva. Among several pieces dedicated to him was Holliger’s “Induuchlen”-Duo, the world premiere of which was at the 2006 Lucerne Festival.
In addition he is regularly invited to play and record on historical baroque and classical natural horn with groups such as the "Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra", the Basel Chamber Orchestra and the Bach Collegium Japan.
Olivier Darbellay is currently Principal Horn at the Berne Simphony Orchestra, the Basel Chamber Orchestra and the Gstaad Festival Orchestra.
Since 2001 he is a professor at the HEMU de Lausanne and holds the same position at the Musikhochschule Lucerne since 2010.
He is regularly invited to held workshops and masterclasses throughout Europe.
CD recordings for Challenge Records, ECM, Grammont, Cascavelle, cpo and Divox.

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Noëlle-Anne Darbellay (violin)

Noëlle-Anne Darbellay was born in 1980 in Bern and grew up in a family of musicians. As a soloist she has played amongst others at the Lucerne Festival, the rainy days Festival from the Philharmonia Luxembourg, the Musiksommer Ernen, New Music Festival Kraków, Rencontres Musicales de Champéry, at the ISCM World New Music Days, Music Documents Tokyo and the Festival International de Musique Tibor Varga in Sion. Her activity as a chamber musician – particularly with her brother, the horn player Olivier Darbellay – has taken her on numerous concert tours in Europe and Asia. She is a member of the Nouvel Ensemble Contemporain, concertmaster of the Ludus Ensemble Bern and plays as a guest with the Basel Chamber Orchestra and the Freitagsakademie...
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Noëlle-Anne Darbellay was born in 1980 in Bern and grew up in a family of musicians. As a soloist she has played amongst others at the Lucerne Festival, the rainy days Festival from the Philharmonia Luxembourg, the Musiksommer Ernen, New Music Festival Kraków, Rencontres Musicales de Champéry, at the ISCM World New Music Days, Music Documents Tokyo and the Festival International de Musique Tibor Varga in Sion.
Her activity as a chamber musician – particularly with her brother, the horn player Olivier Darbellay – has taken her on numerous concert tours in Europe and Asia.
She is a member of the Nouvel Ensemble Contemporain, concertmaster of the Ludus Ensemble Bern and plays as a guest with the Basel Chamber Orchestra and the Freitagsakademie for ancient music, amongst others.
Noëlle-Anne Darbellay is particularly interested in contemporary music and music theatre and has premiered numerous compositions (including works by Jürg Wyttenbach) for singing and reciting violinist with live productions broadcast on Deutschlandfunk, Espace2, Denmark Radio and SRF2 Kultur. She has been invited to perform a.o. at the Albertina Vienna, Brunel University London, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Great Gutter Festival Zürich, Kunstmuseum St.Gallen, Dampfzentrale Bern and the Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel. Together with the artist Francisco Sierra and the horn player Samuel Stoll she forms the collective Jetpack Bellerive. Through thematic projects they sound out the boundaries between new music, fine art and performance.

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Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms was a German composer and pianist. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna, Austria. His reputation and status as a composer is such that he is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the 'Three Bs' of music, a comment originally made by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow.   Brahms composed for symphony orchestra, chamber ensembles, piano, organ, and voice and chorus. A virtuoso pianist, he premiered many of his own works. He worked with some of the leading performers of his time, including the pianist Clara Schumann and the violinist Joseph Joachim (the three were close friends). Many of his works have become...
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Johannes Brahms was a German composer and pianist. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna, Austria. His reputation and status as a composer is such that he is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the "Three Bs" of music, a comment originally made by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow.
Brahms composed for symphony orchestra, chamber ensembles, piano, organ, and voice and chorus. A virtuoso pianist, he premiered many of his own works. He worked with some of the leading performers of his time, including the pianist Clara Schumann and the violinist Joseph Joachim (the three were close friends). Many of his works have become staples of the modern concert repertoire. Brahms, an uncompromising perfectionist, destroyed some of his works and left others unpublished.
Brahms has been considered, by his contemporaries and by later writers, as both a traditionalist and an innovator. His music is firmly rooted in the structures and compositional techniques of the Classical masters. While many contemporaries found his music too academic, his contribution and craftsmanship have been admired by subsequent figures as diverse as Arnold Schoenberg and Edward Elgar. The diligent, highly constructed nature of Brahms's works was a starting point and an inspiration for a generation of composers. Within his meticulous structures is embedded, however, a highly romantic nature.

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Charles Koechlin

Charles Koechlin, born into a large family from the Elzas, wanted to become an astronomer as a child. He started to compose at the age of fifteen and eventually chose for music. He found his very personal, individual style and became regarded as magician and researcher of orchestral sound. Koechlin composed in a particularly suggestive way. His compositional style was very subtle, full of delicate, colourful combinations of instrumental sounds. Many of his colleagues allowed him to orchestrate their works, simply because Koechlin was a master of the art. His compositions were also designed for the imagination, often built around extra-musical elements – tales, movies, novels – which of course was the perfect milieu for his telling melodies and instrumental sonorities, producing...
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Charles Koechlin, born into a large family from the Elzas, wanted to become an astronomer as a child. He started to compose at the age of fifteen and eventually chose for music. He found his very personal, individual style and became regarded as magician and researcher of orchestral sound.
Koechlin composed in a particularly suggestive way. His compositional style was very subtle, full of delicate, colourful combinations of instrumental sounds. Many of his colleagues allowed him to orchestrate their works, simply because Koechlin was a master of the art. His compositions were also designed for the imagination, often built around extra-musical elements – tales, movies, novels – which of course was the perfect milieu for his telling melodies and instrumental sonorities, producing moments that are magical, reflective and highly expressive.

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Stefan Wirth

The composer and pianist Stefan Wirth is one of the most versatile musicians of his generation. He is very active as a pianist of contemporary music and plays a permanent member of the Collegium Novum Zurich and the Ensemble Contrechamps (Geneva). Stefan Wirth has worked with Heinz Holliger on various occasions, for example as a soloist with the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana or at the Ittinger Whitsun Concerts. In 2013, he worked with Pierre Boulez whose second piano sonata. Stefan Wirth is also a member of the four-wing formation 'Gershwin Piano Quartet', with which he has performed at important festivals, including the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Festival de Musique de Menton, the Schwetzinger Festspiele, the Mozarteum Basileiro in São Paulo,...
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The composer and pianist Stefan Wirth is one of the most versatile musicians of his generation. He is very active as a pianist of contemporary music and plays a permanent member of the Collegium Novum Zurich and the Ensemble Contrechamps (Geneva). Stefan Wirth has worked with Heinz Holliger on various occasions, for example as a soloist with the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana or at the Ittinger Whitsun Concerts. In 2013, he worked with Pierre Boulez whose second piano sonata. Stefan Wirth is also a member of the four-wing formation "Gershwin Piano Quartet", with which he has performed at important festivals, including the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Festival de Musique de Menton, the Schwetzinger Festspiele, the Mozarteum Basileiro in São Paulo, the Rheingau Music Festival, the Ruhr Piano Festival and the Menuhin Festival Gstaad.

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Jean-Luc Darbellay

Jean-Luc Darbellay, born 1946, graduated at the Berne Conservatory and studied first clarinet and later composition with Cristóbal Halffter and Dimitri Terzakis. He then attended masterclasses at the IMF Lucerne with Heinz Holliger, Klaus Huber and, as his assistant, with Edison Denisov. Furthermore, he attended the seminars of Pierre Boulez in Paris in the Sorbonne (Collège de France) and in the IRCAM and conducting classes with Franco Ferrara.
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Jean-Luc Darbellay, born 1946, graduated at the Berne Conservatory and studied first clarinet and later composition with Cristóbal Halffter and Dimitri Terzakis. He then attended masterclasses at the IMF Lucerne with Heinz Holliger, Klaus Huber and, as his assistant, with Edison Denisov. Furthermore, he attended the seminars of Pierre Boulez in Paris in the Sorbonne (Collège de France) and in the IRCAM and conducting classes with Franco Ferrara.

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Press

Brahms' Trio Op. 40 is presented by Olivier and Noëlle-Anne Darbellay with an interesting interpretation (three stars)
De Volkskrant, 14-2-2019

Delightful little gems played here in the composer’s own version with viola replacing violin.
Fanfare, 02-11-2018

Enchanting romantic soundworlds.
Fono Forum, 03-8-2018

Very nice music, perfectly played. Recommended.
Stretto, 24-3-2018

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