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Janine Jansen|12 Stradivari

12 Stradivari

Janine Jansen

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It must have been an amazing dream come true for Janine Jansen to play twelve of the finest Stradivarius violins made available to her for ten days or so to record this album, and to have it filmed by Gerry Fox in London. Ten days to master these precious gems is certainly a very short time, even if the outcome is preserved forever by this documentary available online in late 2021.

The twelve precious instruments travelled from all over the world to realise this whimsical project. Some of these twelve "Strads" lifted from their museum display cases have not been played for decades, others belong or have belonged to legendary virtuosi, and some have probably never been recorded. It was then necessary to devise a programme that would best illustrate the characteristics and personality of the individual violins. The rather original choices eschew Bach, which Janine Jansen plays so well, to focus on a dozen composers perhaps not all the most obvious: Falla, Tchaikovsky, Kreisler, Schumann, Brahms, Elgar, Vieuxtemps, Rachmaninov, Szymanovski, Ravel, Suk and Heuberger.

There is no need to look for coherence here, but just to appreciate the sound of each instrument which, we have to admit, represents a real challenge for a non-specialist audience. Antonio Pappano, as good a pianist as he is  conductor,  uses a wide range of sounds to enhance these twelve vignettes, original pieces or arrangements of famous works. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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La vida breve (Manuel de Falla)

1
Danse Espagnole
00:03:41

Simon Kiln, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stephen Johns, Producer, Recording Producer - Antonio Pappano, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Fritz Kreisler, Arranger, Work Arranger - Manuel De Falla, Composer - Carlos Fernández Shaw, Author - Janine Jansen, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Julia Thomas, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Hans Kipfer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

6 Pieces, Op. 7 (Josef Suk)

2
1. Love Song (Arr. Kocián for Violin and Piano)
00:06:35

Simon Kiln, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stephen Johns, Producer, Recording Producer - Antonio Pappano, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Josef Suk, Composer - Janine Jansen, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jaroslav Kocian, Arranger, Work Arranger - Julia Thomas, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Hans Kipfer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

3 Romances, Op. 22 (Clara Schumann)

3
1. Andante molto
00:03:06

Simon Kiln, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stephen Johns, Producer, Recording Producer - Antonio Pappano, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Clara Schumann, Composer - Janine Jansen, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Julia Thomas, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Hans Kipfer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

Fantasiestücke, op. 73 (Robert Schumann)

4
1. Zart und mit Ausdruck
00:03:05

Simon Kiln, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stephen Johns, Producer, Recording Producer - Robert Schumann, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Janine Jansen, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Julia Thomas, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Hans Kipfer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

3 Romances sans paroles, Op. 7 (Henri Vieuxtemps)

5
2. Désespoir
00:02:35

Simon Kiln, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stephen Johns, Producer, Recording Producer - Antonio Pappano, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henri VIEUXTEMPS, Composer - Janine Jansen, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Julia Thomas, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Hans Kipfer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

Eugene Onegin, Op. 24, TH 5 (Pyotr Illitch Tchaïkovski)

6
Lensky's Aria (Arr. Auer for Violin and Piano)
00:06:22

Simon Kiln, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stephen Johns, Producer, Recording Producer - Antonio Pappano, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, ComposerLyricist - Janine Jansen, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Leopold Auer, Arranger, Work Arranger - Aleksandr Pushkin, Author, Original Text Author - Julia Thomas, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Modest Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Author - Konstantin S. Schilowsky, Author - Hans Kipfer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

Mythes, Op. 30 (Karol Szymanowski)

7
1. La fontaine d'Aréthuse
00:05:23

Simon Kiln, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stephen Johns, Producer, Recording Producer - Antonio Pappano, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Karol Szymanowski, Composer - Janine Jansen, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Julia Thomas, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Hans Kipfer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

8
Ravel: Pièce en forme de Habanera, M. 51 (Arr. Catherine for Violin and Piano)
00:03:03

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Simon Kiln, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stephen Johns, Producer, Recording Producer - Antonio Pappano, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Janine Jansen, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Julia Thomas, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Hans Kipfer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer - Georges Robert Catherine, Arranger, Work Arranger

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

Sospiri, Op. 70 (Edward Elgar)

9
(Arr. for Violin and Piano)
00:04:25

Unknown, Arranger, Work Arranger - Simon Kiln, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stephen Johns, Producer, Recording Producer - Edward Elgar, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Janine Jansen, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Julia Thomas, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Hans Kipfer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19 (Serge Rachmaninoff)

10
III. Andante (Arr. for Violin and Piano)
00:05:49

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Simon Kiln, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stephen Johns, Producer, Recording Producer - Antonio Pappano, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Janine Jansen, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Julia Thomas, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Hans Kipfer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

Souvenir d'un lieu cher, op. 42 (Pyotr Illitch Tchaïkovski)

11
3. Mélodie. Moderato con moto (Ed. Auer)
00:03:44

Simon Kiln, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stephen Johns, Producer, Recording Producer - Antonio Pappano, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Composer - Janine Jansen, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Leopold Auer, Contributor, Work Editor - Julia Thomas, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Hans Kipfer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

Der Opernball (Richard Heuberger)

12
Midnight Bells (Arr. Kreisler for Violin and Piano)
00:03:15

Simon Kiln, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stephen Johns, Producer, Recording Producer - Antonio Pappano, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Fritz Kreisler, Arranger, Work Arranger - Richard Heuberger, Composer - Janine Jansen, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Julia Thomas, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Hans Kipfer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

13
Kreisler: Syncopation
00:02:17

Simon Kiln, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stephen Johns, Producer, Recording Producer - Antonio Pappano, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Fritz Kreisler, Composer - Janine Jansen, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Julia Thomas, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Hans Kipfer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

14
Kreisler: Liebesleid
00:03:50

Simon Kiln, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stephen Johns, Producer, Recording Producer - Antonio Pappano, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Fritz Kreisler, Composer - Janine Jansen, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Julia Thomas, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Hans Kipfer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

15
Kern: Roberta: Yesterdays (Arr. for Violin and Piano)
00:02:24

Simon Kiln, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stephen Johns, Producer, Recording Producer - Jerome Kern, Composer - Antonio Pappano, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Janine Jansen, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Julia Thomas, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Hans Kipfer, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Executive Producer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

Album Description

It must have been an amazing dream come true for Janine Jansen to play twelve of the finest Stradivarius violins made available to her for ten days or so to record this album, and to have it filmed by Gerry Fox in London. Ten days to master these precious gems is certainly a very short time, even if the outcome is preserved forever by this documentary available online in late 2021.

The twelve precious instruments travelled from all over the world to realise this whimsical project. Some of these twelve "Strads" lifted from their museum display cases have not been played for decades, others belong or have belonged to legendary virtuosi, and some have probably never been recorded. It was then necessary to devise a programme that would best illustrate the characteristics and personality of the individual violins. The rather original choices eschew Bach, which Janine Jansen plays so well, to focus on a dozen composers perhaps not all the most obvious: Falla, Tchaikovsky, Kreisler, Schumann, Brahms, Elgar, Vieuxtemps, Rachmaninov, Szymanovski, Ravel, Suk and Heuberger.

There is no need to look for coherence here, but just to appreciate the sound of each instrument which, we have to admit, represents a real challenge for a non-specialist audience. Antonio Pappano, as good a pianist as he is  conductor,  uses a wide range of sounds to enhance these twelve vignettes, original pieces or arrangements of famous works. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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