Daniel Rowland | Natacha Kudritskaya

A French Connection

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Champs Hill
UPC: 5060212591647
Catnr: CHRCD 157
Release date: 05 March 2021
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About the album

Daniel Rowland and Natacha Kudritskaya present two gorgeously romantic pieces in their second recording for Champs Hill Records: the Franck violin sonata, a perennial favourite; and the all too rarely heard Chausson concerto for violin, piano and string quartet.

The album also features the world premiere recordings of beautiful arrangements of three Debussy preludes by Craig White.

Daniel and Natacha’s previous recording of the Enescu Sonatas for Champs Hill Records (CHRCD120) was released in 2016 to critical acclaim:

"Daniel Rowland and Natacha Kudritskaya prove to be the perfect partnership and give an exquisite performance of music by Enescu ... Highly recommended." – BBC Music Magazine

"Rowland has a powerful, glamorous tone, gleaming down at the top and throaty and rugged down at the bottom, and Natacha Kudritskaya matches him every bar of the way for passion, fantasy and precision." – Gramophone


Daniel Rowland

Dutch/English violinist Daniel Rowland’s playing has been acclaimed as ‘wonderful, ravishing in its finesse’ by The Guardian and as ‘both naked and highly virtuosic’ by NRC Handelsblad, while The Herald praised his ‘astonishing sound and uniquely single-minded intensity’.

Daniel has established himself on the international scene as a highly versatile, communicative, charismatic and adventurous performer, with a broad repertoire from Vivaldi to Van der Aa. In recent seasons Daniel has performed with concertos ranging from Beethoven to Brahms, Elgar, Berg, Korngold, Weinberg and Prokofiev, with conductors such as Heinz Holliger, Jaap van Zweden, François-Xavier Roth, Lawrence Foster, Antony Hermus and Rossen Milanov. He is a passionate advocate of contemporary concertos such as Vasks, Lindberg, Glass, Saariaho, Nisinman and Van der Aa. Recently he premiered Isidora Zebeljan‘s Violin Concerto ‘Three Curious Loves’ and this autumn sees the premiere of Roxanna Panufnik‘s ‘Songs of Love and Friendship’ with the Dutch Radio Choir at the Concertgebouw. September 2020 sees the release of ‘Distant Light’, with violin concertos by Peteris Vasks (Challenge Records).

A passionate chamber musician, Daniel has performed with artists as diverse as Ivry Gitlis, Heinz Holliger, Martha Argerich, Michael Collins, Lars Vogt, Giovanni Sollima, Marcelo Nisinman, Willard White and Elvis Costello. Daniel is one half of acclaimed duo partnerships with pianist Natacha Kudritskaya with whom he earlier recorded for Champs Hill Records a disc dedicated to the Enescu Sonatas (‘a perfect partnership’ – BBC Music Magazine), and with cellist Maja Bogdanovic, whose recent duo CD ‘Pas de deux’ (Challenge Records) was described as ‘a magical meeting between violin and cello’ by Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad. In 2005 Daniel founded the Stift International Music Festival in the bucolic region of Twente in the eastern Netherlands, where he grew up, with the 15th century Stiftkerk as the main venue. The festival has garnered acclaim as one of great intimacy, adventure and atmosphere. Daniel was for twelve years the leader of the Brodsky Quartet, performing all over the world, and making numerous recordings, including the celebrated Shostakowitch Cycle.

Daniel was born in London, and started his violin lessons in Enschede after his parents moved to Twente in the eastern Netherlands. He studied with Jan Repko, Davina van Wely, Herman Krebbers, Viktor Liberman, Igor Oistrakh and Ivry Gitlis. His violin is by Lorenzo Storioni (Cremona 1796), and his bow is a Maline, kindly loaned by the Dutch Instrument Foundation. He teaches at the Royal College of Music in London. He lives in Amsterdam with his partner, cellist Maja Bogdanovic´.

Natacha Kudritskaya

Young Natacha first stepped into the classical music world as a student of the Lysenko Music School in Kiev, where she completed her training at the age of seventeen. After these formative years, she was part of three tours across the USA between 1996 and 2002 with the Kiev Symphony Orchestra; her very first experience as a concert musician.

She soon after entered the Tchaïkovski National Music Academy of Ukraine in Kiev where she followed the teachings of Irina Barinova and Igor Riabov and applied for the competitive CNSM in Paris at the age of nineteen. She studied simultaneously in both these institutions and graduated with the highest distinctions and honours of the jury.

Four personalities have left their imprint on Natacha’s pianistic technique. First, Alain Planès, ‘my first professor, simply the representation of elegance, possessed a sheer sophisticated style’. Then came Jacques Rouvier, ‘very attached to the text, a rigorous and meticulous personality’. Her encounter with Ferenc Rados in Budapest, later on, was crucial: ‘he taught me how to read in between the notes’ and, finally, Henri Barda ‘felt like a hurricane devastating my whole work and training, for there to reign only the power of music’.

Rameau’s work marked a turning point in her approach of pianistic technique and she dedicated two albums to this composer: first in 2009, in association with Luciano Berio, and then in 2012, with the label 1001 Notes.

The year 2009 was marked by competitions, before a time spent refining her technique, her first recitals and an encounter with chamber music to which she has regularly returned. It was also the year she was invited to perform in the most prominent festivals and concert halls across France and Europe.

Since 2015 Natacha Kudritskaya has been part of the Universal Music catalogue.


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