Chamber music hot as Chilly

Chilly Gonzales plays a new kind of chamber music and it’s groovy! © Charles Thibo

Actually, it wasn’t a joke when I announced on Twitter that I did not plan to write a post on Chilly Gonzales’s concert in Luxembourg this Saturday evening. Too tired, too busy with other things. After all “de Kleeschen” – Luxembourg’s issue of Santa Claus – was expected over night with plenty of gifts and sweets. But when I left the Philharmonie de Luxembourg, I was so utterly amazed about Chilly Gonzales and the Kaiser Quartett that I could not resist the temptation. So here it is.

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Rachmaninov reloaded through hypnosis

Rachmaninov's concerto moves from utter desolation to exploding vitality. © Charles Thibo
Rachmaninov’s concerto moves from utter desolation to exploding vitality. © Charles Thibo

No offense meant, but I can’t stand it when you people treat my favorite Russian composers on Twitter like a space rocket where only the first stage carries a payload and the second stage can be discarded after lift-off. “Tchaik6” or “Rach2” – I will have none of that. Today it will be Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Opus 18 full stop. I had the immense pleasure to hear it performed yesterday at the Philharmonie de Luxembourg under the Czech conductor Juraj Valcuha and the Russian pianist Mikhail Pletnev for the solo part. A delightful evening! Continue reading!

“Brillez, brillez toujours, belle Tatyana!”

Setting for the duel of Onegin and Lensky. © Charles Thibo
Setting for the duel of Onegin and Lensky. © Charles Thibo

I remember the time without Youtube, iTunes, live streaming and the Met having operas beamed into movie theaters. Something like two decades ago. The only way to see and hear an opera was actually to buy a ticket and attend an opera performance. That’s what I did. I walked up to the counter of the Leipzig opera house and bought a ticket for Tchaikovsky’s “Evgenij Onegin”. Some 20 years ago.

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French-Italian sound painting of modern life

Vassily Kandinsky's painting "Rot Gelb Blau"
Vassily Kandinsky’s painting “Rot Gelb Blau”

Look and listen: The French Quatuor Zaïde at the Philharmonie de Luxembourg! Charlotte Juillard (violin), Leslie Boulin-Raulet (violin), Sarah Chenaf (viola) and Juliette Salmona (cello) performed yesterday evening “Secondo Quartetto”, a young Italian composer’s new work. Francesca Verunelli has written it specifically for the European Concert Halls Organization’s (ECHO) “Rising Stars” program 2015/16 and the French quartet.

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