Mélanie Diener, Soprano – Vadim Repin and Orchestre National de France, Conducted by Kurt Masur – September 24, 2009 – Radio France Musique –
Over to Paris this week for a concert by Orchestre National de France, led by the legendary Kurt Masur and featuring Vadim Repin, violin and Mélanie Diener soprano in a concert of music by Brahms and Beethoven.
Beginning with the Brahms Violin concerto and Vadim Repin as soloist. Followed by Mélanie Diener joining the orchestra and Kurt Masur in music from Beethoven’s Egmont. All recorded live on September 24, 2009 by the venerable France Musique.
About Vadim Repin via his website:
Vadim Repin was born in Siberia in 1971 and won all categories of the Wienawski competition at the age of eleven. His debuts in Moscow and St. Petersburg followed immediately, and at the age of 14 he made his debut in Tokyo, Munich, Berlin and Helsinki and one year later at Carnegie Hall in New York. At 17 he was the youngest ever winner of the Reine Elisabeth Concours. Since then he has performed with the world’s most important orchestras and conductors and in all the major music centres.
Vadim Repin recorded the great Russian violin concertos by Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky for Warner Classics. For Deutsche Grammophon he recorded the Beethoven Violin Concerto and the Kreutzer Sonata with Martha Argerich with the Vienna Philharmonic and Riccardo Muti, and the Brahms Violin Concerto and Double Concerto (with Truls Mørk, cello) with the Gewandhaus Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly. DG’s trios of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov with Mischa Maisky and Lang Lang won the Echo Prize, and a CD of sonatas by Grieg, Janacek and César Franck with Nikolai Lugansky won the BBC Music Award. In 2010 he was awarded the highest French distinction, the Victoire d’Honneur and the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres for his services to music. In Beijing he was appointed Honorary Professor of the Central Conservatory of Music in 2014 and in 2015 the Shanghai Conservatory also awarded him this title.
In April 2014 he became founder and Artistic Director of the first Transsiberian Arts Festival in the magnificent new concert hall of Novosibirsk and performed world premieres of the violin concertos dedicated to him, “Voices of Violin” by Benjamin Yussupov, “De Profundis” by Lera Auerbach and in 2018 the violin concert “Dialogue: You and I” by Sofia Gubaidulina, also commissioned by and dedicated to him. The festival was enthusiastically received, taking place for the sixth time this year in October and November, involving venues in Russia, Japan, Israel, Vienna, the USA and France in addition to Novosibirsk and Siberian destinations, and also setting priorities for young musicians – music education plays an important role in Vadim Repin’s life. Last season he gave a series of master classes for young violinists at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, and was a juror at the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition in London and the Concours Reine Elisabeth in Brussels.
And Mélanie Diener:
Diener was born in Schenefeld near Hamburg. She grew up in Stuttgart, where she first studied music pedagogy and piano. She then studied voice at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart with Sylvia Geszty, and with Rudolf Piernay in Mannheim
Diener won prizes at international competitions such as the Internationaler Mozartwettbewerb Salzburg and the Queen Sonja International Music Competition. She made her debut in concert in Mendelssohn’s oratorio Paulus in 1995. In 1996, she made her stage debut as Ilia in Mozart’s Idomeneo at the Garsington Opera. She appeared in the same role a year later at the Bavarian State Opera. Diener performed the role of Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the Royal Opera House. In 1997 at the Salzburg Festival, she appeared as the First Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. She performed the title role of Korngold’s Die Kathrin for the BBC that year.
Diener appeared as Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in 1998. The same year, she appeared as Agathe in Weber’s Der Freischütz at the Vienna State Opera. She made her debut at the Bayreuth Festival as Elsa in Lohengrin in 1999 and performed the role the following two years. In Vienna, she also appeared as Elettra in Mozart’s Idomeneo in 2000, as Contessa Almaviva in his Le nozze di Figaro in 2002, as Ellen Orford in Britten’s Peter Grimes in 2005, and as Elvira, Elsa, and Chrysothemis in Elektra by Richard Strauss in 2007. In 2013, she appeared as Isolde in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde with the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, a role which she also performed at the Opéra national du Rhin in Strasbourg.
In concert, Diener also sang the soprano parts in Beethoven’s Missa solemnis, Mendelssohn’s Elias, Ein deutsches Requiem by Brahms, Verdi’s Requiem, and Britten’s War Requiem, among others. In 1998, she appeared in Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s cantata La vita nuova in Munich on the 50th anniversary of the composer’s death.
She also sang lieder, including Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, and Vier letzte Lieder by Richard Strauss at the Salzburg Festival.
Well, now you know – so sit back and enjoy the concert.
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