Olivia Vermeulen / Jan Philip Schulze

Dirty Minds

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Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917283525
Catnr: CC 72835
Release date: 21 February 2020
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Challenge Classics
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CC 72835
Release date
21 February 2020

"I was generally won over by the music making. It is superbly sung throughout by Olivia Vermeulen... It is an intimate, playful programme, beautifully performed"

Music web International, 07-9-2020
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About the album

Olivia Vermeulen: The topic: eroticism, lust, sex, power and violence, prostitution and murder, and all areas in the high-voltage field in between: set to music, complex and extremely topical. If the erotic may not be named, it slips into subtexts. With this album we want to highlight the intentions and meanings – and also the abysses – of these songs. One may turn away with a shudder or sit back and relax in the face of this achievement in sublimation. The fact that erotic abysses, desires and traumas have always been the cause of great art cannot be denied, nor the fact that art and music would not exist without “dirty minds”.

For the booklet with lyrics to the songs, please see this link.
Het debuutalbum van mezzosopraan Olivia Vermeulen en pianist Jan Philip Schulze is niet alledaags. Integendeel het is een ondeugend album, zoals de titel Dirty Minds al doet vermoeden. Een keur aan liederen uit heden en verleden passeert de revue. Het bijzondere duo gaat erotiek, sensualiteit en sex niet uit de weg. Met hun fascinatie voor dit thema hebben de twee een verrukkelijk album opgeleverd.

De opname bevat een prachtige verscheidenheid aan werken van Purcell en Mozart, liederen die bol staan van (verborgen) symboliek die verwijst naar erotische onderwerpen. En verder in de tijd zijn daar Schubert en Debussy, waarna de veel explicietere Kurt Weill en William Bolcom aan bod komen, om er maar eens twee te noemen. Er valt zoveel te ontdekken op dit nieuwe album! En juist dat was ook de lol die het duo had met dit onderwerp. Er is heel veel repertoire dat onder deze noemer bleek te vallen. Het aspect humor is een grote bindende factor voor Olivia Vermeulen en Jan Philip Schulze om samen te werken.

Olivia Vermeulen bouwt al jarenlang aan een bloeiende internationale carrière. Ze treedt overal ter wereld op in operahuizen en concertzalen. De zangeres werkte samen met onder meer René Jacobs, Philippe Herreweghe, Andrea Marcon, Iván Fischer, Markus Stenz, Frans Brüggen en vele anderen. In 2019 debuteerde ze bij de Opéra National de Paris in Scarlatti’s Il primo omicidio gedirigeerd door René Jacobs, een productie waarin ze datzelfde jaar al zong bij de Berliner Staatsoper. Een jaar eerder debuteerde Olivia bij de Berliner Philharmoniker in een uitvoering van Mozarts Mis in c mineur onder leiding van Daniel Harding.

Pianist Jan Philip Schulze heeft succes als solist, kamermuziekpartner en begeleider van liederen. Hij geeft wereldwijd, tot in het Verre Oosten aan toe, concerten en is expert in hedendaagse muziek. Ook is hij actief als docent, uitgever en organisator. Behalve met Olivia werkt de pianist samen met operasterren als Juliane Banse, Annette Dasch, Rachel Harnisch, Dietrich Henschel, Jonas Kaufmann, Johan Reuter en Robert Dean Smith.
Olivia Vermeulen: das Thema: Erotik, Lust, Sex, Macht und Gewalt, Prostitution und Mord und alle Bereiche im Spannungsfeld dazwischen: Vertonung, komplex und hochaktuell. Wenn die Erotik nicht benannt werden darf, so gleitet sie in Subtexte. Mit diesem Album wollen wir die Intentionen und Bedeutungen - und auch die Abgründe - dieser Lieder aufzeigen. Man kann sich mit Schaudern abwenden oder sich angesichts dieser Leistung in Sublimierung zurücklehnen und entspannen. Dass erotische Abgründe, Sehnsüchte und Traumata schon immer die Ursache für große Kunst waren, lässt sich nicht leugnen, ebenso wenig wie die Tatsache, dass Kunst und Musik ohne "schmutzige Gedanken" nicht existieren würden.

Artist(s)

Olivia Vermeulen
Praised for the “exceptional wealth of colors” of her voice (Opernwelt) and her singing of “exquisite, inexhaustibale sweetness” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), Olivia Vermeulen has established herself as one of the leading vocal artists in today’s classical music world. Her opera and concert performances in a wide range of repertoire from early music to 21st century works have stunned audiences around the world.

Olivia Vermeulen has frequently worked with eminent conductors such as René Jacobs, Philippe Herreweghe, Pablo Heras-Casado, Daniel Harding, Marek Janowski, Michael Schønwandt, Lothar Zagrosek, Andrea Marcon, Giovanni Antonini, Iván Fischer, Markus Stenz, Frans Brüggen, Reinhard Goebel, Alessandro de Marchi, and Tomáš Netopil. She has appeared with many of the world’s most distinguished orchestras, including the Budapest Festival Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, and Camerata Salzburg, and has been invited to appear at leading festivals including the Festival International d’Art Lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence, Ruhrtriennale, the Festival International d’Opéra Baroque & Romantique de Beaune, Munich Opera Festival, Musikfest Berlin, Kissinger Sommer, Rheingau Music Festival, and Mozartwoche Salzburg.

In 2019 Vermeulen celebrated her début at the Opéra National de Paris in a Romeo Castellucci landmark production of Scarlatti’s Il primo omicidio conducted by René Jacobs, a production she sang at the Berlin Staatsoper as well in the same year. 2018 saw her début with the Berliner Philharmoniker in a performance of Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor conducted by Daniel Harding. Her interpretation of the role of Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, performed on a 2018 worldwide tour with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra lead by René Jacobs, received rave reviews.

Jan Philip Schulze
Pianist Jan Philip Schulze has enjoyed success as a soloist, chamber music partner and accompanist for lieder, giving concerts extensively across Europe as well as in the Far East. An expert in contemporary music, he is also active as a teacher, editor and organizer.

With Juliane Banse, Annette Dasch, Rachel Harnisch, Dietrich Henschel, Jonas Kaufmann, Johan Reuter, Robert Dean Smith, Sarah Maria Sun, Violeta Urmana and Olivia Vermeulen, he has performed at the Salzburg Festival, the Schubertiad in Schwarzenberg, the festivals in Lucerne, Munich, Edinburgh and Tokyo, La Scala in Milan, the opera houses in Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, Paris, Brussels, London’s Wigmore Hall and the Berlin Philharmonie.

He has given many premiere performances and worked closely alongside such composers as Hans Werner Henze, Wolfgang Rihm, Dieter Schnebel, Jörg Widmann, Manfred Trojahn, Nikolaus Brass and many others in the course of time. He has also performed piano concertos by Xenakis, Staude and Schöllhorn with the Munich Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the WDR Symphony Orchestra.

Always keen to discover unknown or adventurous repertoire, Jan Philip Schulze has built up an extensive and multi-faceted discography in recent years. As well as highly acclaimed recordings of piano works by Jörg Widmann and Hans Werner Henze, he has performed early Classical music with the Trio Amédée, piano sextets from France and lieder repertoire from Schubert to Carl Nielsen and Paul Hindemith.

Press

I was generally won over by the music making. It is superbly sung throughout by Olivia Vermeulen... It is an intimate, playful programme, beautifully performed
Music web International, 07-9-2020

The true premise of this recital may be to display Vermeulen’s versatility; she is a rare specialist in both the 18th and 21st centuries, and she sings everything in between with understanding and character. Oh, did I mention that her voice is beautiful?
Fanfare, 24-7-2020

A more than convincing 'debut CD' that cheerfully focuses on the 'dirty minds' of composers and is also beautifully recorded.
De nieuwe Muze, 05-6-2020

Dirty Minds is an album that one will not soon forget. Super original, in approach and composition.
De Gelderlander, 25-4-2020

A more than convincing 'debut CD' that cheerfully focuses on the 'dirty minds' of composers and is also beautifully recorded.
Luister, 10-4-2020

Listen to her beautiful legato here. Jan Philip Schulze always manages to find the right atmosphere in all genres.
Opera Nederland, 25-3-2020

Still, there is much more to say about Vermeulen's wonderful album Dirty minds, who has a flourishing opera career, especially in Germany, and pianist Jan Philip Schulze. Straightforward is fun, but Vermeulen and Schulze are just as interested in the power of the suggestion - a dirty mind is a joy forever.
NRC, 19-3-2020

Fascinating to hear how this mezzo colors her voice and diction according to text and music.
Opus Klassiek, 10-3-2020

The transition from one song to another is sometimes a bit of a switch, but it makes it a special bouquet.
Mania, 06-3-2020

Sensuality and desire are splashing at Vermeulen and Schulze.
De Volkskrant, 27-2-2020

Vermeulen sings about thirty songs and her kameolontic voice colors superbly with every changing atmosphere. Beautiful singing is not necessarily the goal, text interpretation and character all the more.
Trouw, 21-2-2020

Dirty Minds contains songs in which great composers present themselves from their most 'sensual' side.
Luister, 17-1-2020

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Videos

Olivia Vermeulen and Jan Philip Schulze - 'Toothbrush Time' by William Bolcom

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