12 Stradivari / Janine Jansen

Release Date: 11/5/2021
Label: Decca
Catalog Number: 003435602
Number of Discs: 1

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For the first time in history, twelve of the most wonderful violins ever made by violin maker Antonio Stradivari (1644-1737) have travelled across the world for a single ground-breaking project with violin superstar Janine Jansen. The resulting album, 12 Stradivari, captures the individual characters of each instrument in specially-curated music accompanied by Sir Antonio Pappano at the piano.

 

Today, Stradivari’s instruments can reach prices well over $20 million, and some of the foundations and museums that own them loan them out only on rare occasions. This is also why this recording is particularly special: some of these 12 Stradivari have not been played for many decades and, possibly, have never ben commercially recorded before. Others belonged to legendary virtuosi including Fritz Kreisler, Nathan Milstein, Ida Haendel and Oscar Shumsky.

 

Jansen has won prizes including the Herbert-von-Karajan Preis 2020, the Vermeer Prize 2018 from the Dutch government, five Edison Klassiek Awards, the NDR Musikpreis for outstanding artistic achievement, the Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist Award, and the Concertgebouw Prize, to name just a few.

 

REVIEWS:

 

Overall, what leaps out is the sheer quality, consistency and stylishness of Janine Jansen’s playing. She conjures up the mood of each piece with seemingly effortless and flawless technique. Pappano is a sensitive partner, bending the pulse of the music to respond to Jansen’s organic rubato.

 

– BBC Music Magazine

 


What emerges from this comparative listening odyssey is simply an even richer love and admiration for Jansen’s own artistry.

 

– Gramophone (Editor's Choice; Awards Issue)

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1. La vida breve, Act II: Danse espagnole No. 1 (arr. F. Kreisler for violin and piano) by Manuel de Falla
Performer: Antonio Pappano (Piano), Janine Jansen (Violin)
Written: 1913 ;
2. Pieces (6) for Piano, Op. 7: no 1, Love Song by Josef Suk
Performer: Antonio Pappano (Piano), Janine Jansen (Violin)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1891-1893 ; Prague, Czech Republ
3. Romances (3) for Piano, Op. 11: no 1 in E flat minor by Clara Wieck Schumann
Performer: Antonio Pappano (Piano), Janine Jansen (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1838-1839 ; Germany
4. Phantasiestücke (3) for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 73: no 1, Zart und mit Ausdruck by Robert Schumann
Performer: Janine Jansen (Violin), Antonio Pappano (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1849 ; Germany
5. Romances sans paroles (3) for Violin and Piano, Op. 7: no 2 in C minor, Désespoir by Henri Vieuxtemps
Performer: Janine Jansen (Violin), Antonio Pappano (Piano)
Period: Romantic
6. Eugene Onegin, opera, Op. 24: Act 2: Kuda, kuda, kuda vy udalis by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer: Janine Jansen (Violin), Antonio Pappano (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877-1878 ; Russia
7. Myths (3), Op. 30: no 1, La fontaine d'Aréthuse by Karol Szymanowski
Performer: Janine Jansen (Violin), Antonio Pappano (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1915 ; Poland
8. Vocalise-étude en forme de habanera (arr. J. Heifetz for violin and piano) by Maurice Ravel
Performer: Janine Jansen (Violin), Antonio Pappano (Piano)
Written: 1907 ;
9. Sospiri, Op. 70 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer: Janine Jansen (Violin), Antonio Pappano (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1914 ; England
10. Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 19: 3rd movement, Andante (arr. for violin and piano) by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Janine Jansen (Violin), Antonio Pappano (Piano)
11. Souvenir d'un lieu cher ('Memory of a dear place'), Op. 42: III. Mélodie by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer: Antonio Pappano (Piano), Janine Jansen (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1878 ; Russia
12. Der Opernball (The Opera Ball), Op. 40, Act II: Geh'n wir ins Chambre séparée, "Midnight Bells" (arr. F. Kreisler for violin and piano) by Richard Heuberger
Performer: Janine Jansen (Violin), Antonio Pappano (Piano)
Written: 1898 ;
13. Apple Blossoms: Syncopation by Fritz Kreisler
Performer: Janine Jansen (Violin), Antonio Pappano (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1919 ; Austria
14. Liebesleid by Fritz Kreisler
Performer: Janine Jansen (Violin), Antonio Pappano (Piano)
Period: Romantic
15. Roberta: Yesterdays by Jerome Kern
Performer: Janine Jansen (Violin), Antonio Pappano (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1933 ; USA
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