Rhapsody - Philippens, van Nieuwekerk

Rhapsody - Philippens, van Nieuwekerk

Channel Classics  CCS SA 35013

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Chamber

MAURICE RAVEL: Tzigane; Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2
BÉLA BARTÓK: Rumanian Folk Dances; Rhapsody no. 2; Rhapsody no. 1
JENÖ HUBAY: Scene de la csarda, No. 4

Rosanne Philippens - violin
Yuri van Nieuwekerk - piano

If there’s one period to which we feel specially attracted, it’s the time when Ravel and Bartók wrote their sonatas and rhapsodies. Music styles from all corners of the world were blowing across the European continent, taking root as folk dances, blues rhythms and exotic melodies in the hearts of classically trained musicians. How very similar to our own situation! We were formed by Beethoven and Schubert, but with American colleagues, Indonesian forefathers and pop and jazz musicians as close friends our musical world was equally determined by Radiohead, Brad Mehldau and Indonesian gamelan.

Bartók and Ravel show us how traditional craftsmanship can be combined with the sounds of other cultures. In their music we can give full rein to our craft, the flame of our ensemble playing and our love for our instruments. At the same time, we recognize in it the groove, the catch in the voice and the raw expression, which captivate us beyond the concert hall. All these elements are brought together in masterly fashion. And so this CD is not only a homage to Ravel and Bartók, but also to the unbounded world of music, in which we both feel free and happy. Enjoy our recording!

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