Master Pianists I: MITSUKO UCHIDA
One of the world’s leading pianists, Angela Hewitt appears in recital and with major orchestras throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia. Her interpretations of Bach have established her as one of the composer’s foremost exponents in our time.
Angela Hewitt’s award-winning cycle for Hyperion Records of all the major keyboard works of Bach has been described as ‘one of the record glories of our age’ (The Sunday Times). Her much-awaited recording of Bach’s Art of Fugue appeared in 2014, and immediately hit the charts in the UK and USA. Her discography also includes albums of Couperin, Rameau, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Fauré, Debussy, Chabrier, Ravel, and Granados. With conductor Hannu Lintu she has recorded two albums of Mozart Piano Concertos (the most recent one with the National Arts Centre Orchestra won a Juno Award in Canada), the Schumann Piano Concerto with the DSO Berlin, and Messiaen’s Turangalila Symphony with the Finnish Radio Symphony. New releases include her first disc of Scarlatti Sonatas, and her sixth volume of Beethoven Sonatas (including ‘Les Adieux’). In 2016, Angela Hewitt was inducted into Gramophone Magazine’s ‘Hall of Fame’ thanks to her popularity with music lovers around the world. Her second recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations was released in September 2016.
At the invitation of London’s Wigmore Hall, Angela Hewitt is currently performing the complete keyboard works of Bach in a series of twelve recitals over four years, which began in September 2016. ‘The Bach Odyssey’ will also be presented complete in New York (92nd Street Y), Tokyo, and Ottawa.
Named ‘Artist of the Year’ at the 2006 Gramophone Awards, she was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in the same year. In 2015 Angela Hewitt was promoted to a Companion of the Order of Canada. She is a member of the Royal Society of Canada, and has seven honorary doctorates.
Angela Hewitt is an Honorary Fellow of Peterhouse, University of Cambridge.
Sindri Lederer, violin
Andreas Burger, viola
Philip Graham, cello
Antonia Köster, piano
‘The Notos Quartet is a fantastic ensemble’ declared the great conductor Zubin Mehta on his first encounter with its musicianship. Similarly enthusiastic plaudits have greeted the Notos Quartet’s performances and recordings since its formation in 2007. The German music review Fono Forum lauded the Quartet as one of the ‘outstanding chamber music formations of our time’ and praised the musicians for their ‘profound musicality that goes straight to the heart.’ To an already long list of prizes and awards, the Notos Quartet added the highly prestigious ECHO Klassik Award of the German music critics as ‘Newcomer of the Year’ in 2017.
The year of 2018 includes debut performances at the Philharmonie Berlin, Konzerthaus Vienna, Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Tonhalle Zurich and the International House of Music in Moscow. In addition to appearances at the major festivals and in the leading concert halls throughout Europe such as the Wigmore Hall London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and Teatro la Fenice Venice, the Notos Quartet regularly travels extensively outside Europe, performing and giving masterclasses.
The Quartet records for Sony Classical.
Alexander Pavlovsky, violin
Sergei Bresler, violin
Ori Kam, viola
Kiril Zlotnikov, cello
Gary Hoffman, cello (in the Schubert Quintet)
In the words of the BBC Music Magazine, 'their playing has everything one could possibly wish for': since its debut in 1996, the Jerusalem Quartet has come to be recognized as one of the world's finest chamber music ensembles. Its collaborations include such exceptional musicians as Martin Fröst, Steven Isserlis, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Alexander Melnikov and Sir András Schiff.
The Jerusalem Quartet is a regular guest on the world's great concert stages. In Europe, the quartet has appeared in the Zürich Tonhalle, the Munich Herkulessaal, Wigmore Hall in London, and the Paris Salle Pleyel, as well as in special guest performances at the Auditorium du Louvre Paris, the Laeiszhalle Hamburg and as well festivals like Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Verbier Festival, Rheingau Musikfestival, and many more.
The Jerusalem Quartet records exclusively for Harmonia Mundi. The quartet's recordings of Haydn's string quartets and Schubert's Death and the Maiden have been honoured with numerous awards such as the Diapason d'Or, the BBC Music Magazine Award for chamber music, and the German ECHO Klassik Award.
Gary Hoffman is one of the outstanding cellists of our time, combining instrumental mastery, great beauty of sound, and a poetic sensibility. He gained international renown on his victory as the first North American to win the Rostropovich International Competition in Paris in 1986. A frequent soloist with the world’s most noted orchestras, he has appeared with the Chicago, London, Montreal, Toronto, San Francisco, Baltimore, and National Symphony Orchestras as well as the English, Moscow, and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestras, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Netherlands and Rotterdam Philharmonics, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Gary Hoffman has collaborated with such celebrated conductors as André Previn, Charles Dutoit, Mstislav Rostropovich, Pinchas Zukerman, Andrew Davis, Herbert Blomstedt, Kent Nagano, Jesús López-Cobos, and James Levine. He performs on a 1662 Nicolò Amati cello, the ‘Ex-Leonard Rose’.
The distinguished German baritone Samuel Hasselhorn shot to international fame when he won the 2017 Das Lied International Song Competition in Heidelberg, with a jury chaired by the great baritone Thomas Quasthoff. Since then, Samuel Hasselhorn has gone on to win first prize in the 2018 Jungen Opernstars [Young Opera Stars] competition of German South West Radio, adding to a portfolio of awards that already included prizes from the Wigmore Hall Song Competition, Hugo Wolf Competition, Young Concert Artists Auditions New York, Nadia and the Lili Boulanger Competition Paris, and Bundeswettbewerb Gesang Berlin.
In concert and recital Samuel Hasselhorn has appeared at Ravinia Music Festival, Marlboro Festival, Carnegie Hall, Notre Dame de Paris, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Philharmonie Gasteig Munich, Schubertiade Vilabertran and with Malcolm Martineau at the Bath Music Festival; opera highlights include Kaiser Overall in Viktor Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis and as Masetto in Don Giovanni for the Opéra de Lyon, and his debut at Leipzig Opera. His first CD, Nachtblicke, with Lieder by Schubert, Pfitzner, and Reimann was released to critical acclaim in 2014.
Recognized as one of the world’s leading pianists specializing in Lieder, Malcolm Martineau has worked with many of the world’s greatest singers including Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Janet Baker, Olaf Bär, Barbara Bonney, Ian Bostridge, Angela Gheorghiu, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Della Jones, Simon Keenlyside, Angelika Kirchschlager, Magdalena Kožená, Dame Felicity Lott, Christopher Maltman, Karita Mattila, Anna Netrebko, Anne Sofie von Otter, Frederica von Stade, Bryn Terfel, and others.
He has appeared throughout Europe, including London’s Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Royal Opera House; La Scala, Milan; the Chatelet, Paris; the Liceu, Barcelona; Berlin’s Philharmonie and Konzerthaus; and his recording projects have included Schubert, Schumann and English song recitals with Bryn Terfel (for Deutsche Grammophon); Schubert and Strauss recitals with Simon Keenlyside (for EMI); the complete Fauré songs with Sarah Walker and Tom Krause; the complete Britten Folk Songs for Hyperion; the complete Beethoven Folk Songs for Deutsche Grammophon; the complete Poulenc songs for Signum; and Britten Song Cycles as well as Schubert’s Winterreise with Florian Boesch for Onyx.
Jean-Guihen Queyras is one of the finest cellists performing today. His recordings of the complete Suites for solo cello by Bach are widely regarded as the best since Pablo Casals's recordings in the 1930s. As a soloist, he has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras, including the Philharmonia, Orchestre de Paris, Philadelphia, Tonhalle Zürich, Leipzig Gewandhaus, among others, and he and is a regular soloist with several early music ensembles such as the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in New York in March 2004 and his BBC Proms debut to unanimous acclaim in 2008.
He plays a cello made by Gioffredo Cappa in 1696, on loan from Mécénat Musical Société Générale.
As a recitalist, French-born pianist Alexandre Tharaud has performed across the world: the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Opéra de Versailles, Cologne Philharmonie, Prague Rudofinum, Royal Albert Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, John F. Kennedy Centre Washington D.C., and the Vienna Musikverein and many others. His festival appearances include the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival, Gergiev Festival, Aix-en-Provence, La Roque d’Anthéron, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, to name but a few.
As a soloist, he has appeared with the Orchestre National de France, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, as well as the Bavarian, Saarbrücken and Frankfurt Radio Orchestras, and the Estonian National, Toronto, Singapore, Taiwan, Sao Paulo, Umea and Hamburg Symphony Orchestras, under the direction of such conductors as Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Georges Prêtre, Marc Minkowski, David Zinman, Yannik Nézet-Séguin and Claus Peter-Flor.
In October 2005, Rafał Blechacz emerged as the unquestioned winner of the 15th Frédéric Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw (to underscore his distinguished performance among the remaining Competition participants, the international jury decided not to award the 2nd prize). Since this triumph, Blechacz has built an impressive reputation as a pianist of exceptional intelligence and spontaneity, combining flawless technique with a highly distinctive sense of musical poetry.
He has performed in the world’s most renowned concert halls, among them the Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, the Berliner Philharmonie, the Herkulessaal in Munich, Alte Oper in Frankfurt-am-Main, Liederhalle in Stuttgart, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Tonhalle in Zurich, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Avery Fisher Hall in New York, La Scala in Milan, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, to name but a few.
He has performed with some of the most distinguished orchestras under the direction of such conductors as Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev, Daniel Harding, Pavo Järvi, Fabio Luisi, Kent Nagano, Andris Nelsons, Viktor Pablo Perez, Trevor Pinnock, Mikhail Pletnev, Antoni Wit, and David Zinman.
Rafał Blechacz records exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon.
One of Britain’s foremost pianists, Leon McCawley has forged a highly successful career since winning First Prize in the 1993 International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna, building on his earlier success as Winner of the Piano Section of BBC Young Musician of the Year in 1990. Since then, McCawley’s impressive discography has established him as a pianist of great integrity and variety, bringing freshness and vitality to classical, romantic and twentieth-century repertoires. His recent CD of Haydn’s Sonatas and Variations for SOMM Recordings was awarded a Diapason d’Or in July 2017.
As a concerto soloist, McCawley performs with many of the world’s leading orchestras, among them the London Philharmonic, the Philharmonia, BBC Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Netherlands Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, St Petersburg Symphony and Vienna Symphony and has worked with conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, Daniele Gatti, Paavo Järvi, Andrew Litton, Kurt Masur, Gianandrea Noseda, Sakari Oramo, and Sir Simon Rattle.
McCawley’s discography includes Schumann piano music (Avie Records) selected as Editor’s Choice in The Gramophone; the complete Mozart Piano Sonatas (Avie), awarded a Diapason d’Or; Barber piano music (SOMM), awarded Critic’s Choice in The Gramophone in 2011; Brahms piano music (SOMM), selected as Classic FM ‘CD of the Week’ in 2012; Schumann Piano Music (SOMM); Rachmaninov’s complete Preludes (SOMM); and many other major works.
Born in St Petersburg in 1972, Arcadi Volodos is amongst the most sought-after pianists of our day. Since making his New York debut in 1996, Volodos has performed throughout the world in recital and with the most eminent orchestras and conductors. Since his Gramophone Award-winning debut recital at New York’s Carnegie Hall, released by Sony Classical in 1999, Arcadi Volodos has recorded a series of critically acclaimed albums. These include revelatory interpretations of Schubert sonatas and Rachmaninov solo pieces, and live performances with the Berliner Philharmoniker of Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto, conducted by James Levine, and Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto, conducted by Seiji Ozawa. His Vienna Musikverein recital from 2010 was released on CD and DVD to rapturous international critical acclaim. Volodos Plays Brahms, released in April 2017 – an album of thirteen piano pieces by Johannes Brahms, including Opus 117 and 118 and a selection of Op. 76 – was immediately considered a landmark on the music scene, and has since been awarded the Edison Classical Award and the Diapason d’Or.
He has worked with, among others, the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia, the New York Philharmonic and Munich Philharmonic Orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Dresden Staatskapelle, Orchestre de Paris, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, and the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, collaborating with conductors such as Myung-Whun Chung, Lorin Maazel, Valery Gergiev, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, , Paavo Järvi, Christoph Eschenbach, Semyon Bychkov and Riccardo Chailly.
Piano recitals have played a central role in Volodos’s artistic life since he began his career. His repertoire includes major works by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Beethoven, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Prokofiev and Ravel together with less often performed pieces by Mompou and de Falla. Volodos is a regular guest of the most prestigious concert halls of Europe and appears regularly in Berlin, Vienna, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, Madrid, Zurich, Brussels, Munich as well as at the Klavierfestival Ruhr, the Festival La Roque d’Anthéron and the Salzburg Festival.
Alex Redington, violin
Jonathan Stone, violin
Hélène Clément, viola
John Myerscough, cello
The Doric String Quartet has firmly established itself as the leading British string quartet of its generation, receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the globe. The Quartet performs in leading concert halls throughout Europe including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Hamburg Laeiszhalle and De Singel, Antwerp, and is a regular visitor to the Wigmore Hall in London. In 2010 the Quartet made its highly acclaimed American debut with recitals at the Frick Museum in New York and Library of Congress in Washington, and now returns for annual tours to North America.
In 2009 the Doric String Quartet’s first CD was released to critical acclaim on the Wigmore Live label and was chosen as Editor’s Choice in The Gramophone. Since 2010, the Doric Quartet has recorded exclusively for Chandos Records. Its first CD, the complete Korngold String Quartets, was featured as one of the 2010 Critic’s Choice discs in The Gramophone and was followed by a CD of the Walton String Quartets which was nominated for a 2011 Gramophone Award. The quartet’s release of the Schumann String Quartets was named ‘CD of the Month’ in both The Gramophone and the BBC Music Magazine and was shortlisted for a 2012 Gramophone Award. Their most recent releases of Haydn’s Op. 20 Quartets and works by Janáček and Martinů have both gathered enthusiastic reviews across the board, with the Haydn disc being named Editor’s Choice by The Gramophone and shortlisted for a 2015 Gramophone Award.
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Piotr Anderszewski is widely regarded as one of the very greatest pianists performing today. In recent seasons he has given recitals at London’s Barbican Centre and Royal Festival Hall, the Wiener Konzerthaus, Carnegie Hall New York and the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St Petersburg. His collaborations with orchestra have included appearances with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Chicago and London Symphony Orchestras, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Royal Concertgebouw.
Piotr Anderszewski has been an exclusive artist with Warner Classics-Erato (previously Virgin Classics) since 2000. His first recording for the label was Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, which went on to receive a number of prizes including a Choc du Monde de la Musique and an ECHO Klassik award. He has also recorded a Grammy-nominated CD of Bach’s Partitas 1, 3 and 6 and a critically-acclaimed disc of works by Chopin. His affinity with the music of his compatriot Szymanowski is captured in a highly-praised recording of the composer’s solo piano works, which received the Classic FM Gramophone Award in 2006 for best instrumental disc. His recording devoted to solo works by Robert Schumann received an ECHO Klassik Award in 2011 and two BBC Music Magazine awards in 2012, including Recording of the Year. Anderszewski’s latest disc of Bach’s English Suites Nos. 1, 3 and 5 was released in November 2014, going on to win both a Gramophone award and an ECHO Klassik Award in 2015.
Recognized for the intensity and originality of his interpretations, Piotr Anderszewski has been singled out for several high-profile awards throughout his career, including the prestigious Gilmore Award, given every four years to a pianist of exceptional talent. Recent appearances include a highly regarded performance of the Mozart Piano Concerto in C, K. 503, with the Vienna Philharmonic at the 2018 Salzburg Mozart Week, and recordings of this concerto and the Piano Concerto in B-flat, K. 595, with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, which was named as an ‘Editor’s Choice’ in The Gramophone magazine.