Johann Sebastian Bach Cello Suites (2018)

Bach

Quirine Viersen

Musicians, producers, instruments and equipment: four separate components within classical music. Four individual components, but when fused correctly, a beautiful piece of art. Here, on this recording of Quirine Viersen, the Cello Suites of Johann Sebastian Bach will move the listener. Especially in the DSD format in which it was recorded by Northstar's Bert van der Wolf. 

"When we asked Quirine what she would like to play straight from her heart, it was Bach's Cello Suites! This is her second recording of the Cello Suites. The passion of her play, the personal development she goes through, and a desire to perform, makes this a great recording. "As we record in the highest quality possible format we are very pleased to work with NativeDSD to make this beautiful music available to all music lovers." 

- Hubert Koekenberg, BarcaNova Records

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Quirine Viersen

Dutch cellist Quirine Viersen belongs internationally to the leading musical personalities of her generation. With her powerful, intense and virtuoso playing, she has convinced the public, as well as the press and colleague musicians of her special musicality. With her performance in concerto and recital and with her participation at festivals, she has shown a broad insight in classical music literature.

Quirine was a winner of various prizes at national and international competitions, such as the Rostropovich Competition in 1990 in Paris, the International Cello Competition in Helsinki in 1991, and in1994 Quirine Viersen was the first Dutch musician to win a prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. In that same year she also received the Dutch Music Award.

The most important prize awarded to her up to now was the Young Artist Award 2000 which was presented to her by the Credit Suisse Groupe. Attached to this prize Quirine performed a concert with the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta during the Luzerner Festival 2000.

Quirine received her first cello lessons from her father, Yke Viersen, cellist in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Later at the conservatory she received lessons from Jean Decroos and Dmitri Ferschtman. She closed her studies at the Mozarteum Salzburg in 1997 as a student of Heinrich Schiff.

Since then Quirine has performed with orchestras and conductors such as? Hessische Radio Orchestra/Hugh Wolff, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra/Georges Pehlivanian, Malmö Symphony Orchestra/ Lawrence Renes, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with Herbert Blomstedt, Ingo Metzmacher and Bernard Haitink, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra/Valery Gergiev, Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra/Jean Fournet , Ulster Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra/Heinrich Schiff, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Zubin Mehta.

Quirine is also in great demand as a chamber music performer. She is a regular guest at festivals such as the Delft Chamber Music Festival, Stavanger Festival, the Mondsee Tage and has performed at the famous Luzerner Festwochen, the Salzburger Festspiele and the Risör Festival in Norway.

Besides duopartner pianist Silke Avenhaus, with whom Quirine forms a duo since 1996, Quirine plays regularly with musicains, such as? Antje Weithaas, Benjamin Schmid and Hanna Weinmeister. Quirine was also invited by Leonidas Kavakos to play some sextet programs with him. With Silke Avenhaus she obtained an important place in the international concert life. They have recorded 5 CD’s with works from romantic to contemporary composers. Magazine Fono Forum wrote about them: “ The first part of Brahms’ cello sonata in e minor has seldom been played so beautiful in detail as well as so organic in its entirety”. “Even Chopins’ Polonaise Brilliant seems to make technical poor demands on these two musicians”.

In 2016 Quirine will start her tour with the Cello Suites of Britten. Which she also recorded on Globe. Dutch journalist Peter van der Lindt wrote about this recording in Trouw: “Touching Crafmanship.” In 2013 she has recorded and toured with Bach’s Cello Suites.

Next to the recital recordings Quirine has also recorded a.o. R. Glière’s cello concerto, together with the Royal Flemish Orchestra and Marc Soustrot, and together with the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam she recorded both Haydn’s cello concertos.

Quirine Viersen plays a 1715 Joseph Guarnerius Filius Andreae , kindly provided by the Dutch National Instrument Fund.

photo: from bio page at OperaMusica

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Johann Sebastian Bach Cello Suites (2018)

Bach

Quirine Viersen

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Quirine Viersen plays the complete suites for unaccompanied cello on the second album released on BarcaNova Records. The work, which consists of six suites, is a rediscovery for Viersen of her passion for music and cello, which is the reason for the re-release of the Suites. It is precisely that freedom and possibilities for interpretation that continued to appeal to Quirine Viersen. Born in 1972 from a musical nest, the cellist born in 1972 came into doubt about her life as a musician, partly thanks to the birth of her twin daughters and the toll motherhood took at the expense of her stage time. Quirine, however, found her personal anchor in Bach and gave her life energy again. The purity she experienced made her feel like continuing to convey the essence of music through the cello. Self-reflection and the desire to be able to show purity forced her to delve into Bach's cello suites again, while her fascination with the process that Bach must have gone through during the composing of the six suites provided inspiration. Viersen reports that Bach may have considered the pieces as an experiment or study material. "The further you go in the suites, the greater the technical challenges." Quirine experiences the musical journey and personal growth that Johann Sebastian Bach must have experienced, which led to the narrative new recording of the complete suites. Recorded in the first part of 2018 in the Koepelkerk in Renswoude, Quirine Viersen performed her interpretation of the complete suites for unaccompanied cello. Bert van der Wolf from Northstar Recording Services took care of the recordings and the producer was BarcaNova Records owner Hubert Koekenberg. The Complete Suites for Unaccompanied Cello in the performance of Quirine Viersen show the cellist's love for Bach's work well. Viersen knows how to convert the (musical) life energy she found in Bach back into an almost emotional transfer of the suites, in which she transfers the polyphonic music to the listener in an engaging way. She makes the many interactions that exist between the voices sound, while the intimacy of the instrument and the complexity of the music are combined by her into a natural, narrative whole. Where necessary, Viersen puts a good dose of emotion into her play, which translates into melancholy or even melancholy, for example, in a piece like Suite II in D Minor (BWV 1008). But it is mainly the personality in combination with the interpretations of how Viersen approaches Bach that turns this performance into something magical. Quirine brings the pieces to life, as if they were organisms that evolve. She lets her cello speak, carries out her own interpretations in phrases in engaging ways and combines light-heartedness with speed and deep sounds with the quieter passages. The great thing about it is that Viersen's performance sounds so full of respect towards Bach that she transcends herself in the service of music. Nothing less than engaging. BarcaNova Records brings Quirine Viersen - Bach | Complete Works for Unaccompanied Cello as a DSD High Resolution release. The DSD edition, in my opinion, sounds just a bit better than the LP. The multi-channel surround layer of the album certainly shows the acoustics of the church in Renswoude beautifully and all (six) channels are naturally balanced. It doesn't get more personal than this. But whatever version you listen to, You always know how to take Viersen into 'her' world called Johann Sebastian Bach and do so in a pure, engaging way. Recommended. Music: 9 out of 10 Sound: 9.5 out of 10

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Johann Sebastian Bach Cello Suites (2018)

Bach

Quirine Viersen

Mastering Engineer: Bert van der Wolf
Producer: Hubert Koekenberg
Project Coordinator: Elsa Hänsli
Recording Engineer: Bert van der Wolf
Recording Location: Koepelkerk, Renswoude, Netherlands on March 5-7, 2018 and April 9-11, 2018

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Suite I BWV 1007 Prelude
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Suite I BWV 1007 Allemande
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Suite I BWV 1007 Menuet I-II
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Suite I BWV 1007 Gigue
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Suite II BWV 1008 Prelude
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Suite V BWV 1011 Prelude
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