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Didier Martin appointed CEO of the Outhere Music group

Published on Friday, October 25, 2019

Didier Martin © Outhere

Outhere SA is pleased you to inform that Didier Martin has been appointed CEO of the group. Since September, he has the operational responsibility for all the divisions and all the labels of the Outhere Group. Previously, Didier Martin was the Artistic Director of the Alpha Classics label as well as the Director of the Group’s French operations.

Charles Adriaenssen, the owner and founder of the Group has decided to retire from day to day management. He remains Chairman of the Board of Directors and will devote himself to the formulation and implementation of the company’s strategic priorities.

Says Charles Adriaenssen: “After 15 years of growth and success, I’ve decided to hand over the management of our great team to Didier. I much appreciate his commitment and his talent and I’m convinced that, in these difficult times for cultural endeavours, he is the right man to develop our activities and consolidate Outhere’s prominent position amongst independent labels.”

For his part, Didier Martin declared: “The last 5 years spent on developing Alpha have allowed us to build a great family of exceptional artists. I’m keen to take up this new mission and thank Charles Adriaenssen for his confidence in me. The wealth of all Outhere labels is immense and my aim is to conduct it to the best of my abilities, with the assistance and the talent of all of the Group’s teams.”

Mario Brunello performs on the violoncello piccolo for a series of recordings which will reveal new ways of listening to the violin masterpieces of Johann Sebastian Bach

Published on Wednesday, October 23, 2019

This collaboration between the eminent Italian cellist and Arcana begins with a recording of the Sonatas & Partitas, one of the pinnacles of the entire violin repertoire.

Mario Brunello begins his collaboration with the Arcana label with a three-volume project: the “Bach Brunello Series”, in which he plays well-known pieces by Bach originally conceived for violin on the violoncello piccolo, an instrument Bach also used and appreciated. It is a fascinating return to a voice of the past that brings out new aspects of Bach’s masterpieces. The first volume is devoted to the Sonatas & Partitas, which will be followed by an anthology of solo concertos and the six Sonatas for violin and harpsichord.

Arcana A469 – Ph. Gianni Rizzotti

Winner of the 1986 edition of the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Mario Brunello has since gained recognition as one of the foremost living cellists. In recent years he has also been involved in historically informed performance, focusing on the four-string “violoncello piccolo”. Slightly smaller than the cello, Bach used this instrument in certain sacred cantatas, and during the seventeenth to eighteenth centuries, it featured far more widely than today’s known repertoire might suggest.

Brunello’s reading of the Sonatas & Partitas on the violoncello piccolo does not follow in the wake of violin interpretations, but rather rediscovers a forgotten voice and a different vantage point, thereby confirming the practice dear to Bach of playing the same works on different instruments.

«My aim is to approach the Sonatas and Partitas from the ground up, in every sense», Brunello explains. «Violinists ‘fly high’, they’re always on top of the melody, which they see from above. I propose a speculative approach, a conquest of the summit by another route». 

The booklet accompanying the set is richly illustrated and includes texts in English – German – French – Italian by Bach specialist Peter Wollny, by the writer Alessandro Baricco and by Mario Brunello himself.

Bach Tour Dates

24 October > Bergamo, Sala Greppi
27 October > Ancona, Amici della Musica
6 November > Rome, Auditorium Parco della Musica (+Press Conference)
8 November > Terni, Filarmonica Umbra
29 January > Rome, Auditorium Parco della Musica

Vox Luminis and the Ensemble Masques has been praised by a Gramophone Award!

Published on Wednesday, October 2, 2019


We are delighted to announce that Buxtehude: Abendmusiken, the recording that Vox Luminis and Lionel Meunier made with Olivier Fortin and Ensemble Masques, has won a Gramophone Award in the Choral category! After their nomination for a 2018 Gramophone Award and their triumphant 2012 win of the coveted Recording of the Year award, the British magazine commented that Vox Luminis ‘do not disappoint, charting the emotional contours of Buxtehude’s music with exquisite understanding and demonstrating their now familiar deep but lucid choral blend, out of which expertly executed solos emerge and return.’

 

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