"Beautiful, good, huge"Fono Forum, 17-5-2013
Prokofievs werken door Nederlands gouden duo
Isabelle van Keulen en Ronald Brautigam vormen al jarenlang Nederlands gouden duo. Op dit album voeren zij Sergei Prokofievs complete werken werken voor viool en piano uit. Prokofiev componeerde slechts drie werken voor viool en piano, waarvan er twee zijn bewerkt door hemzelf. De sonate werd oorspronkelijk geschreven voor fluit en piano, en zijn Cinq Mélodies is een arrangement van liederen.
Isabelle van Keulen is een (alt)violiste van wereldklasse. Zij is nauw betrokken bij de uitvoering van hedendaagse muziek en heeft vele werken in haar repertoire staan. Hoewel ze veel als soliste heeft opgetreden met beroemde orkesten en dirigenten, staat bij haar kamermuziek centraal.
Ronald Brautigam is een van de meest gerespecteerde musici van Nederland. Hij treedt regelmatig in binnen- en buitenland op met vooraanstaande orkesten en dirigenten. Samen verschijnen van Keulen en Brautigam regelmatig in de Wigmore Hall in Londen.
Isabelle van Keulen
”Her taut musical intelligence and vivid sound combined with a fine instinct for the tender, searching quality of this music ... absolutely magical.” The Guardian
Since her breakthrough in 1984 winning the BBC Young Musician of the Year, a competition that was broadcast all over Europe and watched live on television by millions, Isabelle van Keulen can now look back on many years of musical diversity. Not only is it always vital for her to approach the musical score with honesty and with an extremely conscious approach to interpretation, she also strives to communicate with her audiences and musical partners, allowing her to perform in an inspirational, lively and enthusiastic manner.
Her versatility lies in the fact that she not only plays the violin, but as well viola with the same energy, performing chamber music in any thinkable combination and directing chamber orchestra performances. Whether in the over 20 year intense collaboration with the Dutch pianist Ronald Brautigam, concerts with mezzo Christianne Stotijn, performing/ directing the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, combining violin and
viola in one appearance, founding a chamber music festival – from 1997 until 2006 Isabelle van Keulen was Artistic Director of the Delft Chamber Music Festival – giving masterclasses or being a soloist with orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic or NHK Tokyo. Above all, being faithful to the music is her highest priority.
She has over the course of her career engaged works written by contemporary composers. She had many concertos written especially for her (Theo Loevendie, Erkki-Sven Tüür) and has many other 20th and 21st century works in her repertoire: Concertos by Henri Dutilleux, John Adams, Lera Auerbach, Oliver Knussen and Brett Dean. She also likes to perform less known works by Colin Matthews and Concertos by Krenek, Pettersson and Busoni.
Since autumn 2012 she is professor for violin, viola and chamber music at the Luzern University of Arts.
Isabelle van Keulen plays a Guarneri del Gesu from 1734.
Ronald Brautigam has deservedly earned a reputation as one of Holland’s most respected musicians, remarkable not only for his virtuosity and musicality but also for the eclectic nature of his musical interests. He has received numerous awards including the Dutch Music Prize and a 2010 MIDEM Classical Award for best concerto recording for his CD of Beethoven Piano Concertos with the Norrköpoing Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Parrott.
A student of the legendary Rudolf Serkin, Ronald Brautigam performs regularly with leading orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw, London Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. He has performed alongside a number of distinguished conductors including Riccardo Chailly, Charles Dutoit, Bernard Haitink, Frans Brüggen, Christopher Hogwood, Marek Janowski, Sir Roger Norrington, Marin Alsop, Ivor Bolton, Andrew Parrott, Ton Koopman, Ivan Fisher and Sir Mark Elder. Besides his performances on modern instruments Ronald Brautigam has established himself as a leading exponent of the fortepiano, working with orchestras such as the Orchestra of the Age
of Enlightenment, Tafelmusik, 18th-Century Orchestra, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, the Hanover band, Concerto Copenhagen and l’Orchestre des Champs-Elysées. Brautigam’s recordings have earned a number of awards including two Edison Awards, a Diapason d’Or de l’année, a MIDEM Classical Award for best solopiano recording (2004) and in 2010 he won the MIDEM Classical Award for best concerto recording. Since September 2011 Ronald Brautigam is a Professor at the Musik-Hochschule in Basel.
Beautiful, good, huge
Fono Forum, 17-5-2013
their strong interaction has a pronounced narrative personality.
.. the composer's five melodies came across as a carefully crafted sequence of miniatures, sophisticated both for van Keulen's alluring tone and the imaginative dreamscapes she created.
The Strad, 02-4-2013
Van Keulen's account of the anguished work, at times pretty harrowing, feels like a true emotional journey with a superb control of light and shade, elegant yet meaningfully shaped phrases and a sure sende of pacing.
The Strad, 01-4-2013
Challenge Clasics has been awarded with the Pizzicato's Supersonic award.
What emerges most clearly, [...], is her astonishingly adaptable, flexible sound, with vibrato, tone, attack and phrasing all shifting second by second in response to the music.
The Strad, 26-3-2013
The modern contender, benefits from very good and well balanced sound that is well beyond those sometimes primitive mid-century Soviet Recordings.
International Record Review, 01-3-2013
It's quite revealing to contrast the modern, lean sensibility of van Keulen's playing with the liquid shifts and fulsome tone of Oistrakh.
Record Review, 01-3-2013
A beautiful recording of two of the most experienced and leading musicians of our time
Mania klassiek, 08-2-2013
exact, spotlessly clean, metallic lucent and wild in the mechanic motor activity
An almost ideal mix.
With Van Keulen and Brautigam you experience their years of conjuction. As duopartners they are more evenly well-matched. The depth and vibrancy really benefits from their open approach.
De Telegraaf, 19-1-2013
Isabelle van Keulen, a winner of BBC Young Musician of the Year in 1984 is a superbly sensitive player who reveals every nuance in these wonderful works.
A terrific recording!