Nine Intermusica artists nominated at the 40th Gramophone Awards
Nine Intermusica artists have been nominated for Gramophone Awards this year across a range of categories. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 13 September, which will be live streamed on Medici.tv. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Gramophone Awards.
Sir John Eliot Gardiner is nominated in the Baroque Vocal category for his recording of Bach St Matthew Passion with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists. Gramophone described the recording as "a memorable and moving St Matthew... What really makes this one special, however, is its emotional integrity."
James Ehnes is nominated alongside his colleagues in the Ehnes Quartet in the Chamber category for their recording of Schubert String Quartet No.14 'Death and the Maiden' and Sibelius Intimate Voices. Gramophone commented that "[the] pairing of these two quartets is a stroke of programming genius... I never would have thought of putting these two works together, but in this group’s hands it has resulted in something wonderful."
Paul McCreesh's new recording of Haydn's The Seasons made with the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra and Gabrieli Consort and Players is nominated in the Choral category. McCreesh previously received a Gramophone award for his 2006 recording of Haydn's The Creation. In their review, Gramophone wrote that "McCreesh and his massed Anglo-Polish forces have given us a Seasons that thrillingly catches both the work’s bucolic exhilaration and its invocations of the sublime. And for sheer sonic splendour it’s in a class of its own."
Sir James MacMillan's Stabat Mater, recorded by Harry Christophers and the Sixteen, is nominated in the Contemporary category. Gramophone's review concluded that "Posterity might well judge this to be a 21st-century masterpiece; there is no question that this is a truly masterly recorded performance."
Also nominated in the Contemporary category is Renaud Capuçon, whose disc of three 21st century violin concertos has also been shortlisted. The three concertos, all written for Capuçon, were recorded with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and Gramophone praised Capuçon’s "probing playing [and] his welcome advocacy".
Daniil Trifonov is nominated in the Instrumental category for Transcendental, his recording of Liszt's works for solo piano. Gramophone praised the recording as a "triumph", commenting that "every decent record collection should have at least one version of all four sets of these studies. It is quite a feat for a single pianist to deliver what are, in effect, top-of-the-pile performances of almost all of the 23 separate titles – but that is what Trifonov offers."
Leo Hussain is nominated in the Opera category for Opus Arté's DVD of the revival of Fiona Shaw's Glyndebourne production of Britten The Rape of Lucretia. Gramophone singled him out for his "lyrical yet incisive" approach, writing that "conductor Leo Hussain gets finely detailed playing from his LPO instrumentalists, with every flicker of colour speaking volumes."
Roger Vignoles is nominated in the Solo Vocal category alongisde baritone Florian Boesch for their recording of Krenek's cycle Reisebuch aus den österreichischen Alpen. Vignoles was praised by Gramophone for his playing of "great control, refinement and subtlety", while the recording itself was proclaimed "an outstanding achievement."
Mary Bevan joined tenor Allan Clayton for his album Where'er You Walk, a collection of arias Handel composed for tenor John Beard, which is nominated in the Recital category. Bevan sings on 'As steals the morn', which Gramophone described as an "added bonus... it's a very attractive package."
Renaud Capuçon joins the Festival Strings Lucerne on tour in Europe
Renaud Capuçon joins the Festival Strings Lucerne for a three-date European tour this month, beginning with a concert at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw on 25 August 2017. Capuçon performs Mozart Violin Concerto No.4 on the tour, which also visits the Grafenegg Festival on August 27 and Tivoli Concert Hall in Copenhagen on August 28. The ensemble's concertmaster Daniel Dodds leads.
Capuçon then returns to the Basel Chamber Orchestra this month for a performance at the Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt on 26 August 2017. Capuçon play-directs the ensemble in a programme of Haydn Violin Concerto in C major, Schubert String Quartet No.14 in D minor, and Haydn Symphony No.83 in G minor 'The Hen'. They also perform the same programme together in the castle gardens of Tannay on 20 August.
While in Tannay, Capuçon is joined by regular recital partner Khatia Buniatishvili for a recital on 23 August. The duo perform a programme of Dvorák Romantic Pieces, Grieg Violin Sonata No.3 and Franck Violin Sonata in A major.
Renaud Capuçon performs at the Fondation Louis Vuitton with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Renaud Capuçon begins a two-concert residency at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris on 4 and 5 May 2017, performing with the Soloists of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Capuçon directs the ensemble in a programme of R. Strauss Sextet from Capriccio, Mozart Divertimento in E-flat major, K.563 and R. Strauss Metamorphosen (arranged by Leopold for String Septet). Capuçon also leads an open rehearsal on 5 May.
The following week, Capuçon returns to the United States to perform Korngold Violin Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra and conductor Tughan Sokhiev on 11, 12 and 13 May. He also joins Khatia Buniatishvili for recitals in Italy, France and Switzerland.
Thierry Escaich: L’Aube Exaltée receives world premiere at the Aix-en-Provence Festival de Pâques
Thierry Escaich’s new string sextet, L’Aube Exaltée, receives its world premiere at the Festival de Pâques Aix-en-Provence in Le Grand Théâtre de Provence on 18 April 2017. The new work is performed by Renaud Capuçon's Quatuor Capuçon, which is completed by Guillaume Chilemme, Marie Chilemme and Adrien La Marca.
The concert, at 8.30pm, is preceded that evening by an Escaich portrait concert at the Conservatory Darius Milhaud at 6pm. Escaich joins the Wanderer Trio and Claire-Marie Le Guay to present a varied programme of his works including Choral’s Dream and Lettres mêlées.
Intermusica artists at the 2017 Verbier Festival
Intermusica artists appear throughout the 2017 Verbier Festival, with all performances streamed live by Medici.tv. See all the performance times, dates and venues below:
Also performing at the Église on 22 July is the Pavel Haas Quartet. At 8pm they are joined by pianist Barry Douglas for a performance of Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor and Beethoven String Quartet No.
Richard Goode, Renaud Capuçon and Edgar Moreau appear at the Église at 8pm on 24 July to perform Brahms Piano Trio No.2. In the second half of the recital, Capuçon and Moreau are joined by Lahav Shani, Maxim Rysanov and Leigh Mesh for a performance of Schubert Piano Quintet in A major 'The Trout'.
The Pavel Haas Quartet makes its second appearance at the festival on 25 July, performing in recital at the Église at 11am. The quartet presents a programme of quartets by Martinů and Smetana as well as Dvořák String Quintet No.3, for which they are joined by the quartet's friend and former colleague Pavel Nikl.
Lahav Shani then conducts the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 25 July, leading a programme of Mozart Il nozze di Figaro Overture, Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 with soloist Daniel Lozakovich and Schubert Symphony No.9.
The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, makes its festival debut this year, performing at the Église at 8pm on 26 July. They give a concert of works by Duruflé, Tomkins, Byrd and Poulence among others.
Joshua Weilerstein conducts the Junior Orchestra at 4pm at the Salle des Combins on 27 July. Weilerstein conducts a programme of Fauré Elegie for Cello and Orchestra with Edgar Moreau followed by Bruch Kol Nidrei and Dvořák Symphony No.6.
Richard Goode makes his second appearance at the festival, performing a programme of Mozart, Janáček, Debussy and Beethoven at the Église at 11am on 29 July.
Joshua Weilerstein is joined by George Li at the Salle des Combins at 4pm on 29 July for a concert with the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra. Li performs Liszt Piano Concerto No.1, with Weilerstein then conducting Dvořák Symphony No.6.
Kirill Gerstein and Sergei Babayan join Yuja Wang and the Verber Festival Chamber Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 29 July for a performance of Bach concertos under the direction of Roberto Gonzáles-Monjas.
At 11am on 30 July, Kirill Gerstein is joined by Truls Mørk to perform sonatas by Brahms, Janáček and Prokofiev at the Église.
In the evening of 30 July, Antoine Tamestit and Mischa Maisky appear at the Salle des Combins alongside Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Roman Simović and Evgeny Kissin. They perform a programme of Mozart String Quartet No.1, Fauré String Quartet No.1 and Dvořák Piano Quintet No.2.
On 31 July, George Li performs a solo recital of Beethoven and Liszt at 11am at the Église.
Joshua Weilerstein joins Martin Frost and the Verbier Festival Orchestra at the Salle des Combins on 31 July at 7pm. Weilerstein conducts a programme of Copland, Lutoslawski, Shaw and Prokofiev.
On 1 August at 11am, Tamestit joins Roberto González-Monjas, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Pablo Ferrández, Lukas Geniušas & Yuja Wang to perform works by Schubert, Beethoven & Brahms.
Tamestit and Maisky reunite at the Église at 8pm on 3 August, this time performing Brahms Piano Quartet No.3 with Nikolai Lugansky. Tamestit also performs Brahms Sonata for Viola and Piano with Lugansky, while Maisky and Lugansky play the composer's Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in an arrangement for cello and piano by Paul Klengel.
On 5 August at the Salle des Combins at 7pm, James Ehnes, Antoine Tamestit, Mischa Maisky, Pamela Frank, Roman Simović, Pablo Ferrández, Martin Fröst, Nikolai Lugansky, Yuja Wang, the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and Antonio Pappano will join forces for an evening celebrating friendship and musical excellence.
Renaud Capuçon returns to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop
Renaud Capuçon and Marin Alsop end the month in concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, performing at the Royal Festival Hall on 27 February 2017. Alsop conducts the orchestra in a programme of Copland Fanfare for the Common Man and Shostakovich Symphony No.7 'Leningrad', with Capuçon joining them as the soloist for Mendelssohn Violin Concerto.
Capuçon and the RPO reunite in April when they perform the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto again at Capuçon's Festival de Pâques in Aix-en-Provence.
Renaud Capuçon performs with the London Symphony Orchestra in London and Frankfurt
Renaud Capuçon returns to the London Symphony Orchestra this month for two concerts on 10 and 11 November 2016.
Capuçon joins the LSO and conductor Pablo Heras-Casado to perform Schumann Violin Concerto first at the Barbican Centre, London, on 10 November and then at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt on 11 November.
Joshua Weilerstein conducts the Orchestre de Chambre du Lausanne on tour of Europe with Renaud Capuçon
Joshua Weilerstein takes the Orchestre de Chambere de Lausanne on tour across Europe this month, starting at the Tonnhalle Zurich on 9 November 2016. They are joined for the tour by Intermusica's Renaud Capuçon.
Following the concert in Zurich, the tour continues to Rome, Aix-en-Provence, Grenoble and Oviedo. The programmes for the tour include Haydn Symphony No.60, Ligeti Ramification and Schumann Symphony No.3, with Capuçon performing Mozart Violin Concerto No.4 in Zürich and Rome, and Bernstein’s Serenade (After Plato’s ‘Symposium’) in Aix, Grenoble and Oviedo. The tour concludes with two performances in Lausanne on 21 and 22 November.
Intermusica at the Grafenegg Festival 2016
George Li, Valentina Naforniţa and Renaud Capuçon all perform at Grafenegg Festival this summer, while composers Brett Dean and HK Gruber join the jury of the festival’s composer workshop concert, and Martyn Brabbins supports the workshop participants.
On 4 September, George Li joins the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev as soloist in Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1. Later that day, Renaud Capuçon appears with Orchestre National de France and Christoph Eschenbach to perform Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No.3.
Valentina Naforniţa sings Mozart concert arias with the Cologne Radio Orchestra and Jukka-Pekka Saraste on 8 September.
Brett Dean and HK Gruber return to the Festival to sit on the jury of its Ink Still Wet Composer-Conductor Workshop. With the support of the Tonkunstler Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins, contemporary composers will have their work showcased in the workshop’s closing concert on 5 September. Both Dean and Gruber have held the post of Composer-in-Residence at the festival in previous years.
Ning Feng & Renaud Capuçon perform at Schubertiade Schwarzenberg
Ning Feng and Renaud Capuçon both perform at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg on 23 June 2016, with Feng making his debut at the festival.
Feng joins Igor Levit (piano), Nils Mönkemeyer (viola), Daniel Müller-Schott (cello) and Janne Saksala (double bass) at Angelika Kaufmann Hall for a performance of Schubert Piano Trio No. 1 and Piano Quintet, ‘Trout’.
Capuçon returns to the Schubertiade for two performances, starting with a performance of Beethoven and Dvorák at Angelika Kauffman Hall, also on 23 June. Capuçon joins Guillaume Chilemme (violin), Adrien La Marca (viola), Edgar Moreau (cello) and Alois Posch (bass) for a performance of Beethoven String Quartet No.13 in B-flat major, Op.130 and Dvorák String Quintet No.2 in G major, Op.77, B.49.
On 25 June, Capuçon, La Marca and Moreau are joined by Daniel Müller-Schott to perform Beethoven String Quartet No.15 in A minor, Op.132 and Schubert String Quintet in C major, D.956, Op.posth.163.
Francesco Piemontesi & Renaud Capuçon perform in recital in Martigny
Francesco Piemontesi and Renaud Capuçon join forces for a recital in Martigny on 21 May 2016. Together they perform Mozart Violin Sonata No.21 in E minor, Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano, No.10 in G major, and R. Schumann: Violin Sonata No.2 in D minor.
Piemontesi then appears at Klavierfest Ruhr on 24 May, where he performs Mozart Fantasia No.4 in C minor and Piano Sonata No.14 in C minor, Brahms 3 Intermezzi and R. Schumann Kreisleriana.
Intermusica leads eight major Asia tours in 2016
Intermusica will take eight world-class ensembles to Asia in 2016 in a year of ground-breaking firsts. Watch our video below to find out more.
Academy of Ancient Music
- Conducted by Richard Egarr
- First British orchestra to play in Prince Mahidol Hall, Bangkok
- Marking 275th anniversary of Vivaldi’s death
Budapest Festival Orchestra
- Conducted by Iván Fischer with soloist Ning Feng
- BFO’s debut in Xi’an, the ancient capital of China
- Chinese premiere of Dutilleux’s L’arbre des songes
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
- Choir’s debut in Nanjing and Tianjin and fourth Intermusica tour to China
- Opening Beijing NCPA’s International Chorus Festival
Colin Currie Group
- Group's Macau debut
- Celebrating Steve Reich’s 80th birthday year
- Debut of Steve Reich's music at Macu International Music Festival
- Conducted by Sir Mark Elder
- Hallé's debut in Wuhan and Shanghai
- First British orchestra to collaborate with Chinese choruses in the Chinese premiere of William Walton’s Henry V
- Conducted by Andrew Manze
- UNESCO World Cities of Music collaboration with Tongyeong
- Sir Andras Schiff’s debut concerto tour of China
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
- Conducted by Osmo Vänskä with soloist Renaud Capuçon
- OSR's debut in India
The English Concert
- With soloists Tim Mead and Mary Bevan
- ‘Shakespeare in Love’: a concept designed by Intermusica in collaboration with The English Concert to celebrate Shakespeare 400
- The English Concert’s debut in Wuhan, Shanghai and Beijing
Renaud Capuçon performs with the London Symphony Orchestra in London for the first time
Renaud Capuçon returns to London on 24 January 2016, performing with the London Symphony Orchestra at its London home at the Barbican for the first time. Conducted by François-Xavier Roth, Capuçon performs Berg Violin Concerto, a piece which he recorded in 2012 with the Vienna Philharmonic and Daniel Harding. The programme also includes Webern Im Sommerwind and Strauss Ein Heldenleben in the second half.
Capuçon made his debut with the orchestra at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest in September 2015, performing Brahms Double Concerto with his brother, cellist Gautier Capuçon.
Later in January, Capuçon performs in three concerts at the Mozartwoche festival at Salzburg Mozarteum, performing Dutilleux L’arbre des songes with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Tugan Sokhiev on the 27 January, and two all-Mozart recitals on the 29 and 30 January, accompanied by Menahem Pressler at the piano.
Renaud Capuçon’s Busch Project continues with concerts in Vienna, London and Paris
Renaud Capuçon's Busch Project, which tours Europe’s most prestigious concert halls for the next three years, continues this month from 13 January 2016 in Amsterdam, Vienna, Paris and London. The Busch Project aims to recreate the legendary concerts by Adolf Busch and the Busch Quartet and illustrate the different aspects of Busch’s musical personality.
After December's inaugural performances at the Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in December, the project continues at the Vienna Musikverein (13 January), London's Wigmore Hall (14 and 17 January) and Paris Philharmonie (19 January). Capuçon is joined on 14 January by Guillaume Chilemme, Adrien La Marca and Edgar Moreau, the Quatuor Capuçon, to perform Beethoven’s String Quartet No.14 in C-sharp minor, Op.131 and Schubert’s String Quartet No.15 in G major, Op.161, recreating the original Busch Quartet performance in March 1933. On 17 January, Capuçon appears alongside pianist Nicholas Angelich to perform Busoni’s Violin Sonata No.2 in E minor, Mozart’s Violin Sonata No.27 in G major, K.379, and Beethoven’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, No.7 in C minor, Op.30, No.2, following the footsteps of Adolf Busch and Rudolf Serkin in March 1934.
Explaining his interest for the German violinist, Capuçon said to Le Figaro: ‘I am an unconditional admirer of his man, who, in the United States, is a legend at the same level of his [Marlboro] festival’.
Intermusica at the George Enescu Festival 2015
Valentina Nafornita, Renaud Capucon, Gautier Capucon, Leo Hussain and Ruxandra Donose all perform at the George Enescu Festival in Bucharest this year, the annual celebration of Romanian composer George Enescu.
On 9 September, Gautier and Renaud Capuçon join the London Symphony Orchestra to play the Brahms Double Concerto. Ion Marin conducts the orchestra and the Capuçon brothers at Bucharest Grand Palace Hall.
Leo Hussain returns to the festival for a concert performance of Berg Wozzeck on 14 September, with Michael Volle in the title role and Evelyn Herlitzius as Marie. This follows his appearance at the 2013 festival when he conducted Schoenberg Gurrelieder.
Ruxandra Donose sings Mahler Das Lied von der Erde on 16 September with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic and conductor Christian Mandeal.
Then, also on 16 September, Valentina Nafornița joins the Wiener Philharmoniker to perform Enescu’s 7 Chansons de Clément Marot, Op.15. Semyon Bychkov conducts the programme, which also features Haydn Symphony No.44 and Brahms Symphony No.3.
The Romanian composer Enescu has been celebrated with the Enescu Festival in Bucharest since 1958. This year’s festival will be the twenty-second edition, and will feature dozens of concerts by leading orchestras and performers, most including works by Enescu.
Renaud Capuçon performs two concerts with the Berliner Philharmoniker
Renaud Capuçon reutnrs to the Berliner Philharmoniker for two concerts at the Berliner Philharmonie on 12 and 13 September 2015, in partnership with Berliner Festspiele-Musikfest Berlin. Capuçon, a dedicated performer of contemporary music, plays Matthias Pintscher’s work ‘Mar’eh for Violin and Orchestra’, under the baton of the composer himself, who makes his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker. The programme also includes Fauré’s Pelléas et Mélisande: Suite op. 80, Schönberg’s Kammersymphonie No. 2, and Debussy’s La Mer.
The performance on 13 September will be broadcast live on the orchestra’s Digital Concert Hall.
Renaud Capuçon performs with London Symphony Orchestra at Enescu Festival
Renaud Capuçon ends a busy summer at the world’s most important summer music festivals with a performance at Enescu Festival alongside the London Symphony Orchestra and cellist Gautier Capuçon on 9 September 2015. Ion Marin conducts the orchestra and the Capuçon brothers in Brahms’s Double concerto at Bucharest Grand Palace Hall, with Mahler’s Symphony No.5 completing the programme.
The ‘Great Orchestras of the World’ concert series allows the audience of the George Enescu International Festival to experience the top international ensembles and soloists, with tickets for the 2015 edition selling out within a few hours.
Renaud Capuçon performs at Tanglewood Festival with Boston Symphony Orchestra
Following successful appearances at major European festivals in June and July, Renaud Capuçon’s busy summer also touches the East Coast of the United States, performing on the 1 August at Tanglewood Festival with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Music Director Andris Nelsons. Performing again with the orchestra after his debut in 2013, Capuçon plays Beethoven’s ‘Triple’ Concerto for Violin, Violoncello and Piano in C major, Op.56 with his cellist brother Gautier Capuçon and pianist Jean- Yves Thibaudet.
Further orchestral engagements in August include a performance of Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin and Piano in D minor at Salzburg Festival on the 20 August, where he is joined by Khatia Buniatishvili at the piano; they are accompanied by the Camerata Salzburg conducted by François Leleux.
Renaud Capuçon performs at major European summer music festivals
Renaud Capuçon is looking forward to a busy summer ahead of him, with performances at many of Europe’s major festivals beginning on 25 June 2015 with two performances at the Schubertiade Festival. Capuçon joins compatriots Guillaume Chilemme, Adrien la Marca and Edgar Moreau to form the Quator Capuçon on 25 June, when they perform Beethoven String Quartet No.14 in C sharp minor and Schubert String Quartet No.15 in G major. Two days later Capuçon joins Gérard Caussé and Edgar Moreau for a programme of Schubert string trios and Mozart Divertimento in E flat major
In July, Capuçon returns to Verbier Festival for two ‘Rencontres inédites’ concerts, where major soloists come together to form all-star chamber music ensembles. On 19 July he joins Gautier Capuçon, Mischa Maisky and Alexander Melnikov to play Korngold’s Suite for 2 Violins, Cello and Piano Left Hand and Schubert’s String Quintet in C major D.956. Capuçon, Lisa Batiashvili, Pretty Yende,Gautier Capuçon and Daniil Trifonov then join forces on 22 July for a performance of J. Strauss II’s Voices of Spring, Op.410 and Schubert’s Piano Quintet in A major D.667 'Trout’. Capuçon also performs Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.3 in G major on the 21 July with Ton Koopman and the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra on 21 July.
Capuçon ends the summer with a duo recital at Roque d’Anthéron Festival with pianist David Fray, performing a programme of Bach and Beethoven sonatas. The duo toured a similar repertoire earlier in the year, giving performances in many major European venues.
Capuçon also appears as a soloist at Rheingau Musik Festival, performing Brahms’s Double Concerto in A minor with Gautier Capuçon, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and conductor Paavo Järvi on the 10 July.
Renaud Capuçon makes New York Philharmonic debut
On the 18 and 19 June 2015 Renaud Capuçon makes his debut with the New York Philharmonic at the orchestra’s annual Concerts in the Parks. Under the direction of Charles Dutoit, Capuçon plays Saint Saëns' Violin Concerto No.3 at the Great Lawn in Central Park, Manhattan, and at Prospect Park, Brooklyn, in a programme of Russian and French music which also include Berlioz’s ‘Roman Carnival Overture’, Ravel’s ‘La Valse’ and Stravinsky’s ‘Petrushka’. Other soloists of the series, which runs between 17 and 24 June, include violinist Joshua Bell and soprano Julia Bullock.
The free concerts, now in their 50th anniversary, are some of the most popular events of the summer in New York, with five performances planned throughout the city this year.
Renaud Capuçon tours with Scottish Chamber Orchestra & Robin Ticciati
Renaud Capuçon joins the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and its Principal Conductor Robin Ticciati for a series of concerts both in Scotland and Europe, beginning on 5 March.
The tour starts at Usher Hall in Edinburgh on 5 March, continuing at Glasgow City Halls on 6 March and with a final concerto at Aberdeen Music Hall on 7 March. Capuçon will alternate performances of Beethoven and Lindberg’s Violin Concertos, in two programmes which also include Schubert Symphony No.9 and Beethoven Coriolan Overture. The concert in Glasgow, where Capuçon plays Lindberg’s Violin Concerto, is broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Capuçon then rejoins the orchestra for an European tour with performances at the Philharmonie Cologne on the 19 March, Vienna Konzerthaus on 22 and 23 March, Grenoble MC2 on 25 March, and Toulouse on 30 March. The tour comes to a closure at Le Grand Théâtre du Provence on 31 March, as part of Capuçon’s own Easter Festival in Aix.
Praise for Renaud Capuçon & Khatia Buniatishvili’s recording of Franck, Grieg & Dvořák’s sonatas
Renaud Capuçon and Khatia Buniatishvili’s first recording together was released in October, and it has been positively met by the music press.
The two musicians were brought together in 2012 at the Lugano Festival by Martha Argerich, Buniatishvili’s mentor and Capuçon’s frequent chamber music partner. Their partnership and friendship has carried on, and is now on display in a recording which begins with Franck’s Violin Sonata in A Major, and continues with Grieg’s Violin Sonata No.3 and Dvořák’s Four Romantic Pieces.
Gramophone praised the musicians’ maturity and Capuçon’s interpretative choices: “Any violinist not relying on portamento to intensify the lyricism of their performance of high-Romantic chamber music is a brave one…There is a calmness to his sense of melody that has a tendency to give his performances identity enough without interfering with the relationship between the listener and the composer’s aspirations for them”. The Franck sonata is awarded “the high point of this disc… With Capuçon’s self-possessed serenity on what is fundamentally the leading line and Buniatishvili’s fiery assertiveness in the accompaniment, they create a whole that is greater even than the sum of its remarkable parts”.
BBC Music Magazine described the two musicians’s playing as “alive to the tiniest detail… Their approach may risk seeming indulgent, but is utterly convincing in the moment with so many hair-raising details”.
Watch the duo perform and talk about the recording and their musical partnership:
Renaud Capuçon appointed Artistic Director Sommets Musicaux Gstaad
Renaud Capuçon has been appointed Artistic Director of the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad in Switzerland. The first edition which will see Capuçon’s contribution will be the 16th year of the festival, from 19 January to 6 February 2016. He will work there together with Ombretta Ravessoud, who co-founded the festival and holds the position of Chief Executive. In the past years, Capuçon has already been seen regularly at the festival as a performer, and he also teaches violin at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne.
Commenting on the appointment, Capuçon said “I’m very happy to be part of the team of the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad and to be devising a musical programme befitting this glorious venue. I’m thrilled to be setting out on this new adventure.”
Capuçon maintains his position of Artistic Director of the Easter Festival in Aix-en-Provence, which he founded in 2013.
Renaud Capuçon & Frank Braley perform the complete Beethoven Sonatas at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Renaud Capuçon returns to the International Chamber Music Series at the Queen Elizabeth Hall to perform the complete violin sonatas by Beethoven on 6, 7 and 9 November. He will be joined by pianist and long-term chamber music partner Frank Braley. Capuçon and Braley have performed this repertoire in over 60 concerts and recorded the cycle in 2010 for Warner Classics.
Capuçon has a very close relationship with the pieces: the 'Spring' Sonata in F, Op.24, was the first piece by the composer that he learnt, aged 10, and he had dreamt of performing them with Braley since their first meeting in 1998. Their eventual recording of the Sonatas was widely praised; Gramophone selected it as an 'Editor's Choice', commenting that "Capuçon and Braley eschew the bright lights for a place where mellowness, intimacy and relative refinement are more obvious priorities. These are among the smoothest and most beautiful-sounding Beethoven duo-sonata performances to have come my way in recent years." The Guardian also praised the recording, writing in a five-star review that "this is the finest new cycle of Beethoven violin sonatas to appear on disc in years... Renaud Capuçon and Frank Braley are outstandingly musical players whose partnership is founded on a shared sense of expressive purpose."
Speaking about the series, Capuçon said: "You can't cheat in this music. These sonatas demand the full range of qualities you should have as a violinist."
Click here to read Capuçon's thoughts on the Sonatas, in an interview by Ariane Todes on the Southbank Centre website.
Watch Capuçon and Braley talk about their 2010 recording of Beethoven's Violin Sonatas:
Leonidas Kavakos and Renaud Capuçon nominated for Gramophone’s Artist of the Year Award
Leonidas Kavakos and Renaud Capuçon are nominated for the Gramophone Artist of the Year Award 2014. The coveted annual award is voted for by the public, and voting is open until 22 July.
Read what Gramophone had to say about Kavakos and Capuçon:
"Kavakos has had quite a year, performing on many of the world’s great stages and with the greatest orchestras to universal acclaim. He recorded Brahms’s Violin Concerto with Chailly and the Gewandhaus Orchestra for Decca (‘evidence of abundant temperament and passion’ according to Duncan Druce last December) and made a superb set, with Yuja Wang at the piano, of the Brahms sonatas – an Editor’s Choice this month. Increasingly seen with a baton in hand, Kavakos has come a long way since taking Gramophone’s Concerto Award back in 1991 for the Sibelius Violin Concerto in its original version for BIS."
"A huge star in France, Capuçon’s reputation rides high internationally, too, thanks largely to his long relationship with Virgin Classics (now Erato). Playing a Guarneri that once belonged to Isaac Stern, Capuçon has proved as magnificent (and generous) a chamber player as his instrument’s former owner. His most recent disc, reviewed in May, coupled Bach and Pēteris Vasks – an imaginative pairing that had Ivan Moody commenting that Capuçon ‘has a wonderful sense of line, following the direction of every melody or melodic tag unflaggingly. The music is allowed to breathe, given space, and the sound is thus at once intimate and vast'."
Renaud Capuçon releases recording of Bach and Vasks Violin Concertos
Renaud Capuçon joined the Chamber Orchestra of Europe for a recording of Bach and Peteris Vasks’ Violin Concertos, juxtaposing Baroque and contemporary music, with UK release on 7 April following release in the rest of Europe on 31 March. Capuçon’s latest release on Warner Classics marks both his conducting debut and his first collaboration with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, which he describes as “an amazing orchestra, with extraordinary concentration and focus”. In the recording, Bach Violin Concertos BWV 1042 and BWV 1041 are paired with Distant Light, a concerto for violin and string orchestra by Latvian composer Peteris Vasks.
The chosen repertoire has a special significance for Capuçon: Bach’s Violin Concerto BWV 1031 was his first performance ever of a violin concerto, while Distant Light was a piece he cherished as soon as he discovered it. Explaining the unusual pairing, Capuçon explains that he wanted “to put together two different worlds, Bach’s and Vasks’”, whose music shares "a purity…It is healing music, feeding you and giving you energy.”
On his conducting experience, Capuçon declared: “Directing the orchestra from the violin, I have a different and wider set of responsibilities. Rather than getting caught up in the detail of the solo part, it’s up to me to drive the whole session. By taking on the extra role, I gain a better view of the whole musical picture. But with this orchestra, the experience is like playing chamber music, with players around the ensemble contributing their opinions as the recording session progresses. It’s all very organic.”
Capuçon recording with the orchestra and discussing the album: