Langue disponible : anglaisVienna's prize-winning Janoska Ensemble occupy a uniquely Eastern European space as they embolden classical music by wedding it to jazz, improvisation, and popular traditions from Cole Porter to Django Reinhardt to the Beatles in a musical space they call "Janoska Style," delivered with limitless creativity and imagination, emotional expressiveness, and technical virtuosity. This family quartet comprised of three Bratislava-born brothers and their Konstanz-born brother-in-law, descends from a musical lineage dating back 150 years, and six generations to present and expand the "classical music." While regarded by some critics as a "crossover" act, the Janoskas actually create a polyglot musical language that extends the latter term's reach exponentially, whether it be in spirited, entertaining concert performances all over the globe, in their inventive music videos and, of course, on recordings. Their 2016 Deutsche Grammophon debut, Janoska Style, which boasted tunes with titles such as "Mozart: Rumba for Amadeus" (based on the composer's Piano Concerto No. 20) and "Tarantella vs. Niska Banja (marrying Italian classical music to the Serbian folk heritage), revealed their willingness to take liberties with the musical history and was certified gold for their efforts. After several years of touring, they delivered their sophomore outing, Revolution. The Janoska Ensemble were formed in 2013 by three brothers from Bratislava, Slovakia -- Ondrej (violin), Roman (violin), and Frantisek (piano) Janoska -- and their Hungarian double-bassist brother-in-law, Julius Darvas. The rhythm-heavy nature of the instrumental grouping gives an indication of what the music is like: it's rooted in the Viennese café music of the fin de siècle, mixing melodies from the classical repertory with gypsy and other Eastern European vernacular influences. The sound is built to be able to cut through a crowd of chatting people, and it's still well suited for that purpose today, if you wish. But its music updates this tradition in the directions of virtuosity and wider geographic and temporal range. The players are not café musicians but Bratislava conservatory graduates, and they enliven programs not only with Fritz Kreisler's Liebesleid, but with a considerably more difficult Kreisler tribute, and with "Paganinoska," their own version of Paganini's treacherous Caprice No. 24. Still more interesting is how the Janoska Ensemble broaden the tradition in which they work. Jazz, Cuban rumba (in an adaptation of the first movement of the Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466, of Mozart, no less), and folk traditions including the tarantella also make appearances, as does Argentine tango master Astor Piazzolla, who probably has never been heard in a context like this one. The Janoska Ensemble have appeared at Vienna's Musikverein, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Sydney Opera House, and other major venues, and they have toured in programs of tango-related music with Argentine bass-baritone Erwin Schrott. They released their debut album, Janoska Style, in 2016 on the Deutsche Grammophon label. Certified gold within a couple months of release, the quartet toured the globe, winning universal acclaim from media outlets. In 2018, they re-entered the studio armed with two thirds of new arrangements/fusions of classical canonical works and a third of radical rearrangements of four songs by the Beatles -- they even mastered the date at Abbey Road Studios. Entitled Revolution, the set was issued in late March of 2019 while the quartet were touring Europe.
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