Janine Jansen, violin with Itamar Golan, Piano – In Recital – Salle Pleyel à Paris – May 12, 2011 – Radio France Musique –
Janine Jansen in recital this week. Accompanied by Itamar Golan, Piano and featuring a really nicely balanced program of music by Debussy, Schubert, Messiaen and Ravel.
Beginning with the Debussy sonata for violin and Piano. Followed by Schubert’s Sonata Number 4. And then Olivier Messeiaen’s Theme and Variations for Violin and Piano and closing the concert with Ravel’s 2nd Violin Sonata. All recorded at the Salle Pleyel in Paris on May 12, 2011 by the venerable Radio France and broadcast in June.
Janine Jansen has been a very popular and very bright light on the concert stage and recording studio for several years now.
Born in Soest in the Netherlands, she went on to study with Coosje Wijzenbeek, Philipp Hirshhorn and Boris Belkin. Her Concertgebouw debut in 1997 made her a great star in her native Holland, but she was destined for a wider stage. She was named a BBC New Generation Artist in 2002, made her London debut in the same year, with Vladimir Ashkenazy conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra, and three years later opened the 2005 BBC Proms with a performance of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto that really put her on the international map. Along the way she received invitations from some of the world’s greatest orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. She has worked with such eminent conductors as Lorin Maazel, Valery Gergiev, Riccardo Chailly, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Daniel Harding, Sir Antonio Pappano, Sir Mark Elder, Edo de Waart and Sir Roger Norrington.
In addition to her concerto performances and projects, Jansen is a devoted recitalist. She established and curates the annual International Chamber Music Festival in Utrecht, and since 1998 she has been a member of Spectrum Concerts Berlin, a major chamber music series in the Berlin Philharmonie. Her chamber partners include Leif Ove Andsnes, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Itamar Golan, Kathryn Stott, Julian Rachlin, Maxim Rysanov, Torleif Thedéen and Mischa Maisky.
Janine Jansen has an exclusive recording contract with Decca. She received warmly appreciative reviews of her coupling of the Beethoven and Britten Violin Concertos with Paavo Järvi, and each of her five preceding releases was awarded a Platinum Disc for sales in The Netherlands. With a winning collection of Decca releases, she is a firm favourite among record buyers, her repertoire ranging from Beau Soir, a French recital with pianist Itamar Golan, through a recording with Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht and Schubert’s String Quintet to Mendelssohn, Bruch, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky concertos. In October 2013 she released a disc of Bach concertos and sonatas, part of her Bach Project, in which she was joined by 12 of her closest musician friends for two extensive European tours including visits to Paris, Amsterdam, London, Vienna, Hamburg and Munich.
She’s currently on tour, beginning in January 2020 and will be until June, with dates all over Europe as well as New York and Tokyo.
In the meantime, hit the play button and relax – 2011 never sounded so good.