Linus Roth & José Gallardo

Virtuoso Dances

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Evil Penguin
UPC: 0608917722420
Catnr: EPRC 0037
Release date: 05 March 2021
1 CD
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€ 19.95
Evil Penguin
Catalogue number
EPRC 0037
Release date
05 March 2021

"The very best idea to create a positive atmosphere in this bad time"

Luister, 02-5-2021

About the album

2020... Sitting at home with no performances ahead brought Linus Roth back to his notebooks, in which he had been jotting down random musical ideas over the course of many years. One of them that suddenly struck him, was an idea for a recording programme made up of some of his most beloved pieces for violin and piano, all of which had in common both a virtuoso character and that they were all dances. What better way to lift the spirits than with dance music? Linus called his long term musical partner, pianist José Gallardo and five weeks later, they had the remarkable opportunity to record the album in the visually stunning and acoustically unique Library of the former monastery in Ochsenhausen, Germany, home of the Music Academy of Baden-Württemberg.

Op dit album opbeurende muziek gespeeld door de getalenteerde violist Linus Roth en zijn vertrouwde muzikale partner pianist José Gallardo. Heerlijk om naar te luisteren en prachtig opgenomen.

2020, Linus Roth zat thuis, geen optredens in het vooruitzicht, wat te doen. De violist nam zijn toevlucht tot zijn notitieboekjes, waarin hij jarenlang lukraak muzikale ideeën had genoteerd. Een van die zomaar opgekomen ideeën was het opnemen van enkele van zijn meest geliefde en populaire stukken voor viool en piano. Stukken met alle een virtuoos karakter, die met elkaar gemeen hadden dat het dansen waren. Wat is er mooier dan dansmuziek om ons in sombere tijden in een goede stemming te brengen?

Linus belde zijn, sinds jaar en dag vertrouwde, muzikale partner, José Gallardo, en vijf weken later kregen ze, opmerkelijk genoeg, de kans om hun album op te nemen in de adembenemend mooie en qua akoestiek unieke bibliotheek van het voormalige klooster in Ochsenhausen in Duitsland, waarin de muziekacademie van Baden-Württemberg gevestigd is. Het resultaat is er naar. Een genot om naar te luisteren deze prachtige klanken van virtuoze dansen.
2020... Als Linus Roth zu Hause saß und keine Auftritte vor sich hatte, griff er wieder zu seinen Notizbüchern, in denen er über viele Jahre hinweg wahllos musikalische Ideen notiert hatte. Eine davon, die ihm plötzlich einfiel, war die Idee für ein Aufnahmeprogramm, das aus einigen seiner beliebtesten Stücke für Violine und Klavier bestand, die alle sowohl einen virtuosen Charakter als auch die Tatsache gemeinsam hatten, dass es sich um Tänze handelte. Was gibt es Besseres als Tanzmusik, um die Stimmung zu heben? Linus rief seinen langjährigen musikalischen Partner, den Pianisten José Gallardo, an, und fünf Wochen später hatten sie die bemerkenswerte Gelegenheit, das Album in der optisch atemberaubenden und akustisch einzigartigen Bibliothek des ehemaligen Klosters in Ochsenhausen, Deutschland, dem Sitz der Musikakademie Baden-Württemberg, aufzunehmen.


Linus Roth, who already received the ECHO KLASSIK Award as “Best Newcomer” of 2006 for his début CD on the label EMI, has received his second ECHO award in 2017 for a recording of the violin concertos by Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky with the London Symphony Orchestra under Thomas Sanderling.

Linus Roth has made a name for himself internationally not just with standard repertoire, however, but also with his discovery or redis- covery of works that have undeservedly fallen into oblivion. He has devoted special attention to the works of Mieczysław Weinberg, both in concerts and the recording studio. His recording of all the works for violin and piano by Mieczysław Weinberg, released by Challenge Classics in 2013 to great public and critical acclaim, has been followed up by a recording of Weinberg’s Violin Concerto with the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester and his Concertino with the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn (both CDs were selected as “Editor’s Choice” by Gramophone magazine). Making Mieczysław Weinberg’s Œuvre known to a wider audience is also the aim of the International Weinberg Society, which Linus Roth founded in 2015. This association organises and sponsors concerts, readings, exhibitions, interdiscipli- nary events and aural and written publications on the work and life of the Polish-Jewish composer. For the 100th anniversary of Weinberg’s birth in 2019, Linus Roth has curated two days of events dedicated to Weinberg, including six concerts, at London’s Wigmore Hall. In addition to various chamber music works, all Weinberg’s six sonatas for violin and piano as well as the three sonatas for solo violin were scheduled.

Linus has played as soloist with orchestras including the Stuttgart State Opera Orchestra, the National Polish Radio Orchestra Katowice, the Estonian National Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn, the radio symphony or- chestras of broadcaster SWR and Berlin, the Orquesta de Cordoba, the Orchestra della Toscana in Florence, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Philharmonic, the Bern Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra del Teatro San Carlo in Naples, the Cologne Chamber Orchestra and the Bruckner Orchester Linz. The conductors with whom he has worked include Gerd Albrecht, Herbert Blomstedt, Andrey Boreyko, Dennis Russell Davies, Hartmut Haenchen, Manfred Honeck, James Gaffigan, Mihkel Kütson and Antoni Wit.

As a passionate chamber musician, he has performed with Nicolas Altstaedt, Gautier Capuçon, Kim Kashkashian, Albrecht Mayer, Nils Mönkemeyer, Andreas Ottensamer, Itamar Golan and Danjulo Ishizaka, among others. He has also worked together for several years with the Argentinean pianist José Gallardo.

Linus Roth attended the preparatory class of Prof. Nicolas Chumachenco at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg, Germany, before going on to study with Prof. Zakhar Bron. Subsequently, he pursued his studies for several years with Prof. Ana Chumachenco at the universi- ties of music in Zurich and Munich. Salvatore Accardo, Miriam Fried and Josef Rissin have also been important influences on him. While study- ing, he held a scholarship from the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation.

In October 2012, Linus Roth was appointed professor for violin at the “Leopold-Mozart-Zentrum” at Augsburg University and was also the Artistic Director of the 10th Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition, which took place in Augsburg in 2019. In addition, Linus Roth is the Artistic Director of the International Festival Ibiza Concerts, which he himself founded, and since 2020 of the Music FestivalSchwäbischer Frühling in Ochsenhausen /Germany.

Linus Roth plays on the Stradivarius violin “Dancla” from 1703 – a generous loan from the music foundation of the L-Bank Baden- Württemberg.

Bio José Gallardo
The Argentine José Gallardo, born in 1970, is one of the most sought-after chamber music pianists in the world. At the age of 5, he began to take piano lessons at the Conservatory in Buenos Aires. Later, he continued his studies with Prof. Poldi Mildner at the Department of Music, University of Mainz, Germany, from which he graduated in 1997. During that time, he already discovered his passion for chamber music. He was musically inspired by artists like Menahem Pressler, Alfonso Montecino, Karl-Heinz Kammerling, Sergiu Celibidache, Rosalyn Tureck and Bernard Greenhouse. José Gallardo received numerous national and international awards. He was invited to nu-merous musical festivals, such as Chamber Music Festival Lockenhaus, Verbier Festival, Lucerne Festival, Chopin and his Europe Warsaw, Schleswig Holstein, Kronberg Academy Festival, Cork Music Festival, City of London Festival, Musiktage Hitzacker, Budapest Acad-emy Festival and the Rheingau Music Festival. In chamber music José Gallardo collaborated among others with Gidon Kremer, Vilde Frang, Barnabás Kelemen, Linus Roth, Janusz Wawrowski, Nils Mönkemeyer, Tomoko Akasaka, Andreas Ottensamer, Nicolas Altstaedt, Julius Berger, Danjulo Ishizaka, Miklós Perényi, Max-imilian Hornung. He performs in Europe, Asia, Israel, Oceania and South America. The major concert halls he has performed at include Berlin Philharmonie, the Zurich Tonhalle, the Laeiszhalle and Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Teatro della Pergola in Florence and the Wigmore Hall in London. He recorded for among others EMI, Warner, Deutsche Grammophon, Hänssler, Challenge as well as for television and radio productions in BR, SWR, MDR, BBC, RAI, AMC. Since 2008 he has been teaching at Leopold Mozart Centre, University of Augsburg. Togeth-er with Andreas Ottensamer, he is artistic director of the chamber music festival “Bürgenstock Festival” in Lucerne.


The very best idea to create a positive atmosphere in this bad time
Luister, 02-5-2021

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