Matthew Bourne

Matthew Bourne

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Rémi Geniet plays Johann Sebastian Bach (Audio video)

Ο Rémi Geniet γεννήθηκε στο Μονπελιέ της Γαλλίας το 1992. Έχοντας λάβει ήδη τις υψηλότερες διακρίσεις στους σπουδαιότερους διαγωνισμούς πιάνου, θεωρείται ένας από τους πιο ταλαντούχους πιανίστες της γενιάς του. Έχει εμφανιστεί στα σημαντικότερα διεθνή φεστιβάλ και έχει δώσει ρεσιτάλ σε μερικές από τις πιο γνωστές αίθουσες συναυλιών του κόσμου, ενώ έχει συμπράξει με πολλές μεγάλες ορχήστρες και έχει συνεργαστεί με διάσημους μαέστρους, όπως την Marin Alsop και τους Emmanuel Krivine, Edo de Waart, Alan Buribayev, Robert Trevino, Eduard Topchjan, Volodymyr Sirenko, Michael Hofstetter, Stephan Blunier, Adrian Leaper, Pavel Gerstein.

Το πρώτο του CD με έργα του Γιόχαν Σεμπάστιαν Μπαχ, το οποίο κυκλοφόρησε το 2014, έχει αποσπάσει διθυραμβικές κριτικές και έχει τιμηθεί με το Diapason D'Or.

Pianist Rémi Geniet was 21 when he recorded this absolute honey of a Bach recital. His articulation often recalls Glenn Gould's dry-point detaché touch, but with additional lightness and color, as the deliciously yet not excessively decorated Fourth Partita Ouverture demonstrates, along with the characterfully clipped Courante and Menuet. By contrast, steadfast pacing and astute timing help sustain Geniet's broadly paced Allemande and Sarabande. The Capriccio also reveals the young pianist's gift for conveying a sense of "air" between certain notes and his uncanny sense of rhythm. Each movement of the A major English Suite sings out with lilting intimacy, while Geniet's supple and transparent finger work keeps the C minor Toccata's long fugue vivid and alive from start to finish. Geniet's joyous, invigorated, and well-recorded Bach interpretations cannot help but leave you smiling and wanting more. In other words, this kid's got it!

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

♪ Partita No.4 in D Major, BWV 828 (1728)

1. i. Ouverture
2. ii. Allemande
3. iii. Courante
4. iv. Aria
5. v. Sarabande
6. vi. Menuet
7. vii. Gigue

♪ Capriccio sopra la lontananza del suo fratello dilettissimo (Capriccio on the Departure of the Beloved Brother) in B Flat major, BWV 992 (1704?)

8. i. Adagio – Ist eine Schmeichelung der Freunde, um denselben von seiner Reise abzuhalten
9. ii. Andante – Ist eine Vorstellung unterschiedlicher Casuum, die ihm in der Fremde könnten vorfallen
10. iii. Adagiosissimo – Ist ein allgemeines Lamento der Freunde
11. iv. Allhier kommen die Freunde, weil sie doch sehen, dass es anders nicht sein kann und nehmen Abschied
12. v. Allegro poco – Aria di Postiglione
13. vi. Fuga all'imitatione della cornetta di Posta

♪ English Suite No.1 in A major, BWV 806 (1715-1720)

14. i. Prélude
15. ii. Allemande
16. iii. Courantes I & II – Doubles I & II
17. iv. Sarabande
18. v. Bourrées I & II
19. vi. Gigue

♪ Toccata in C minor, BWV 911 (1714?)

20. Toccata in C Minor, BWV 911

Rémi Geniet, piano

Mirare 2014

(HD 1080p – Audio video)

Photo by Christian Steiner
Rémi Geniet was born in Montpellier (France) in 1992. Since becoming the youngest prize-winner of the Bonn International Beethoven Competition and being awarded the second prize at the Queen Elisabeth 2013 International Piano Competition at the age of twenty, Rémi Geniet is fast establishing himself as one of the most prominent pianists of his generation. He was previously first prize-winner at the Prix du Piano Interlaken Classics in Bern and has been a laureate at many other competitions, including the International Horowitz Competition in Kiev at which he was awarded the special Vladimir Horowitz Interpretation Prize.

Geniet is invited to perform with many international orchestras, including the St Petersburg Philharmonic, St Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National d'Île de France, Sinfonia Varsovia, and the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of conductors such as Marin Alsop, Emmanuel Krivine, Edo de Waart, Alan Buribayev, Robert Trevino, Eduard Topchjan, Volodymyr Sirenko, Michael Hofstetter, Stephan Blunier, Adrian Leaper, and Pavel Gerstein.

In the 2013-2014 season he made his recital debut at Carnegie Hall (Zankel Hall), and he has also given recitals at the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, at La Roque d'Anthéron International Piano Festival, and at the Festival de Radio France et Montpellier, as well as in Vienna, Geneva, Ghent, Brussels, Germany, and Poland. He has performed at many festivals in France and abroad, among them St Petersburg Arts Square International Winter Festival, Colmar Festival, the Montreal Bach Festival, Verbier Festival, La Folle Journée de Nantes, La Folle Journée au Japon, les Pianos Folies du Touquet, Pianoscope, Piano en Valois, Lisztomanias, Bach Festival in Toul, Moments Musicaux de La Baule, Euriade Festival in the Netherlands, and Interlaken Classics Festival in Switzerland.

Forthcoming highlights include debuts with Orchestre National de Montpellier, the Lille Piano Festival, la Grange de Meslay as well as re-invitations to perform with Orchestre National d'Île de France, at the Folle Journée au Japon and at La Roque d'Anthéron International Piano Festival.

Rémi Geniet studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris with Brigitte Engerer and at the École Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in the class of Rena Shereshevskaya, and also worked under the guidance of Evgeny Koroliov in Hamburg. Moreover, he studied orchestral conducting with George Pehlivanian.

His debut all-Bach CD, released in February 2015, has been unanimously praised by critics and was awarded the prestigious Diapason D'Or.


Photo by Jean-Baptiste Millot, 2014

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