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Bantigny & Pallottini Beethoven 4_Jean-Baptiste Millot

Marie-Claude Bantigny & Romano Pallottini

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Bantigny & Pallottini Beethoven 4_Jean-Baptiste Millot

Marie Claude Bantigny, cello

In 1982, Marie-Claude Bantigny entered the CNSM in Paris in the class of Maurice Gendron, and Bruno Pasquier for chamber music. She obtained a First Prize in these two disciplines in 1986. She continued her studies under the direction of André Navarra and Roland Pidoux. Laureate of the International Academy “Maurice Ravel” of Saint-Jean de Luz, she is the guest of the program “Jeunes Solistes” by Maguy Lovano and participates in several recordings for Radio France. In 1987, she joined the Improvement Cycle in the Chamber Music class of Christian Ivaldi with the “Fidelio” quartet. In November 1987, his quartet won the First Prize of the Trieste International Chamber Music Competition “Sergio Lorenzi”. She performs as a soloist with the orchestras of Bordeaux, Bayonne (Basque Coast), Perpignan, and with the Orchester Symphonique Français where she is a solo cellist. In 1991, she recorded her first album with the French Symphony Orchestra, directed by Laurent Petitgirard: The Muse and the Poet by Camille Saint-Saëns and in 1996, a second disc – the 1st Cello Concerto in Saint-Saëns. Since then she has performed as a duet with Noelle Balbi in France and Italy and with her husband David Braslawsky.

She just recorded the 5 cello and piano Beethoven’s Sonatas with Romano Pallottini.

website Marie-Claude Bantigny

 

Romano Pallottini, piano

Born in Italy, Romano Pallottini studied piano with Franco Scala at Pesaro’s National Conservatory where he obtained a first Price voted unanimously. He won successively the First Prices at Milan’s competitions « Interprètes d’aujourd’hui » and « Alberto Mozzati » and the 2nd Price Yamaha “Città di Stresa”. Then, he joined successfully the prestigious piano Academy of Imola in Lazar Berman’s class.
Romano Pallottini performed as a soloist in recital, with orchestra and also in chamber music in Paris (Radio France with France Musique, Salle Gaveau, Opéra Garnier, Salon d’honneur des Invalides…), Vincennes’ Château, Renn

ianoes’National Theater (with Orchestre de Bretagne ), Festival des Arcs, Quartz of Brest, Saint-Riquier Festival, Opera of Quimper, Piano Festival of La charité sur Loire, Nuits pianistiques d’Aix en Provence, Palais des arts de Vannes, Nuits catalanes de Perpignan, Nancyphonies of Nancy, Musicalta in Rouffach, Festival de Mayenne, Festival de Mouvaux, Auditorium des Alpes de Courchevel, Archévéché of Narbonne, Palais des congrès de Tignes, Sala Verdi in Milano, Parco della Musica and Teatro Eliseo in Roma, Auditorium Pedrotti in Pesaro with Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana, Villa dei Compositori in Torino, Wallonie Festival in Belgium, Atenaeum in Bucarest, Opera of Teheran with Musiciens de la Prée Orchestra, Groningen Concertgebow in Netherland, Kuwait City , Folles journées des Pays de la Loire , Bösendorfer Salle in Vienna, Souzhou ( China), Oslo festival, Piano Festival of Gümüsluk ( Turkey).

He made several concerts in Parco della Musica in Rome for the integral of Liszt’s Music, organized by American Liszt Society under the direction of Michele Campanella.

He has been pianist for the Opéra national de Paris ballet.

After the Aptitude Certificate in Teaching Skills of CNSM, Romano Pallottini is piano teacher at CNSM in Paris (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse), at Saint-Maur CRR (Conservatoire Rayonnement régional), at Summer Academy and festival Musicalp ( Tignes) , at Pôle Sup 93, Les Arcs, Altidona (Italy), Gümüslük ( Turkey), Souzhou ( China).

He is regularly invited in International ( Maria Canals in Barcelona, Brest, Yamaha of Lyon, Mayenne, Lagny sur Marne, San Sebastian) and National competitions as a member of jury as well for the examinations of CNSMD of Paris and Lyon and he signed a 3 years contrat with China for concerts and masterclasses.

He just recorded the 5 cello and piano Beethoven’s Sonatas with Marie-Claude Bantigny.

 

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Ensemble Baroque de Monaco

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The Ensemble Baroque de Monaco, faithful to the baroque history of the Principality, defends the most beautiful pages of music from the XVII-XVIII century repertoire, while striving to recreate forgotten or unknown works that are still to be discovered in the baroque repertoire. All the instrumentalists play on period instruments, tuned to historical tunings.Attached to its roots, the Ensemble lives however with its time and was placed in 2013 under the direction of Matthieu Peyrègne, singer and conductor specialist of ancient music. This formation wishes to honor the memory of Prince Antoine 1st of Monaco, who shared his passion for Baroque music with his friend king Louis the XIVth. Faithful to this history, the Ensemble Baroque de Monaco specializes in French and Italian Baroque music. For example, his recent performances of the Carissimi « Messe de l’homme armé » for 4 choirs which was wordlwidely in 2015, or his performances of the most beautiful pages of the lyric tragedy such as Rameau Indes Galantes or Lully Armida. Or the recent world recreation of Alessandro Scarlatti’s Assunzione della Beata Vergine.Monaco, which hosted the greatest baroque composers of its time on this land, is part of a desire to be the ambassador, and the living memory of a historical and cultural period of incredible wealth to perpetuate. The Ensemble Baroque de Monaco has also pledged to perpetuate the memory of the musical publishing house of «L’Oiseau Lyre», which has not ceased during the last half-century, to resuscitate a number of chefs de vocal and instrumental works of the baroque period.

website Ensemble Baroque de Monaco

 

Matthieu Peyrègne, conductor

Singer and conductor, Matthieu Peyrègne first trained as a violinist at the Nice music conservatory where he graduated with honors. He then deepened his musical knowledge by completing orchestra and choir conducting , and was finally graduated with honors.Having always been passionated about baroque music, he began studying singing with Monique Zanetti at the conservatory of Aix-en-Provence, for which he won a prize with honors, as well as at the conservatory of Nice in the Claire Brua’s class. He worked on renaissance and baroque polyphonic repertoires with Denis Raisin Dadre (Ensemble Doulce Mémoire) and Dominique Vellard (Ensemble Gilles Binchois) at the Basel Schola Cantorum (Switzerland) where he continued his apprenticeship with Richard Levitt, teacher of Andreas Scholl. He arrived semi-finalist of the International Sacred Song Contest of Rome in 2014. He sings with the most prestigious vocal ensembles such as Les Arts Florissants (William Christie), Les Talents Lyriques (Christophe Rousset), l’Ensemble Doulce Mémoire (Denis Raisin Dadre) with whom he recorded the CD dedicated to Claude Lejeune in 2017, l’Ensemble Correspondances (Sébastien Daucé), …As a conductor, Matthieu Peyrègne tackles all repertoires, starting from the baroque music of which he has made one of his specialties, to the contemporary music that he worked with Nicole Corti in the Britten choir (Lyon). He regularly conducts the Passion Classique orchestra and the Ensemble Baroque de Monaco, of which he was nominated at the helm in 2012. He was also selected in 2015 at the finals of the Jeunesses Musicales international conductor competition in Bucharest.He is also the artistic director of the Confé-Concerts (www.confeconcerts.com), an annual cycle of events taking place on the Côte d’Azur, having attracted more than 15,000 spectators since its creation in 2010 through more than 100 concerts!

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L’assunzione della Beata Virgine, Alessandro Scarlatti

L’assunzione della Beata Virgine, Alessandro Scarlatti

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Ensemble Baroque de Monaco

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L’Ensemble Baroque de Monaco, fidèle à l’histoire baroque de la Principauté, défend les plus belles pages de la musique tirée du répertoire des XVIIème et XVIIIème siècles, tout en s’évertuant à recréer des ouvrages oubliés ou méconnus qui, par centaines, abondent dans le paysage de la musique baroque. Tous les instrumentistes jouent sur instruments d’époque, accordés aux diapasons historiques. Attaché à ses racines, l’Ensemble vit cependant avec son temps et fut placé en 2013 sous la direction de Matthieu Peyrègne, chanteur et chef d’orchestre spécialiste de musique ancienne. Fidèle à la vie musicale baroque faste de la Principauté sous le règne d’Antoine 1er qui recevait les meilleurs artistes transitant par la France et l’Italie, l’Ensemble fait des compositeurs originaires de ces deux pays sa spécialité. En témoignent ses récentes prestations de la Messe de l’Homme Armé pour 4 chœurs de Carissimi dont la recréation mondiale donna lieu à une tournée de concerts en 2015, ou ses prestations des plus belles pages de la tragédie lyrique telles les Indes Galantes de Rameau ou Armide de Lully. Ou encore la récente recréation mondiale de l’Assunzione della Beata Vergine d’Alessandro Scarlatti illustrée par ce disque. Monaco ayant accueilli en ses terres les plus grands compositeurs baroques de l’époque, cette formation s’inscrit dans une volonté d’être l’ambassadrice, et la mémoire vivante d’une période historique et culturelle d’une richesse incroyable à perpétuer. L’Ensemble Baroque de Monaco s’est aussi engagé à perpétuer le travail de la maison d’édition musicale de « L’Oiseau Lyre » qui n’a eu de cesse pendant le demi-siècle passé, de ressusciter nombre de chefs d’œuvres vocaux et instrumentaux de la période baroque.

website Ensemble Baroque de Monaco

 

Matthieu Peyrègne, direction

Chanteur, et chef d’orchestre, Matthieu Peyrègne a suivi une brillante formation au C.N.R de Nice où il fut d’abord diplômé en violon pour ensuite obtenir les plus hautes récompenses en écriture et direction d’orchestre et de chœur. Ayant toujours eu un goût prononcé pour la musique baroque, il entreprend des études de chant auprès de Monique Zanetti au Conservatoire d’Aix-en-Provence, pour lesquelles il obtiendra un prix avec mention très bien, tout comme au Conservatoire de Nice dans la classe de Claire Brua. Il a travaillé les répertoires polyphoniques renaissance et baroque auprès de Denis Raisin Dadre (ensemble Doulce Mémoire) et Dominique Vellard (ensemble Gilles Binchois) à la Schola Cantorum de Bâle où il poursuivit son apprentissage auprès de Richard Levitt, professeur, notamment d’Andreas Scholl. Demi-finaliste du Concours International de Chant Sacré de Rome en 2014, Matthieu Peyrègne chante avec les plus prestigieux ensembles vocaux tels Les Arts Florissants (William Christie), Les Talents Lyriques (Christophe Rousset), l’ensemble Doulce Mémoire (Denis Raisin Dadre) avec qui il enregistre le disque consacré à Claude Lejeune en 2017, l’ensemble Consonance (François Bazola), l’ensemble Correspondances (Sébastien Daucé),…En tant que chef, Matthieu Peyrègne s’attaque à tous les répertoires, en partant de la musique baroque dont il a fait l’une de ses spécialités, jusqu’à la musique contemporaine qu’il a travaillé aux côtés de Nicole Corti au Chœur Britten de Lyon. Ayant été retenu pour les phases finales des concours internationaux de direction d’orchestre des Jeunesses Musicales de Bucarest en 2015, et de Nice en 2018, il dirige régulièrement l’orchestre Passion Classique et l’Ensemble Baroque de Monaco. Il est aussi directeur artistique des «Confé-Concerts» (www.confeconcerts.com), cycle annuel de manifestations se déroulant sur la Côte d’Azur, ayant désormais attiré plus de 15.000 spectateurs depuis sa création en 2010 au travers de plus de 100 concerts!

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L’assunzione della Beata Virgine, Alessandro Scarlatti

L’assunzione della Beata Virgine, Alessandro Scarlatti

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Veronique Bonnecaze

Véronique Bonnecaze

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Veronique Bonnecaze

Pianiste intègre, Véronique Bonnecaze met son jeu au service de la poésie et de la sincérité. Dans son répertoire de prédilection, on retrouve souvent Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Scriabine, Debussy, dont elle sait dégager l’émotion, les couleurs, et les ambiances sonores.

Ses interprétations fortement personnelles, son puissant engagement en concert, et sa totale indépendance au sein du monde musical, font d’elle une musicienne secrète et originale. Des choix artistiques exigeants l’ont conduite, par exemple, à enregistrer les 24 études de Chopin qu’elle a également souvent données en récital.

Véronique Bonnecaze a étudié au Conservatoire de Bordeaux puis elle a été formée à Paris par Nadia Tagrine, avant d’entrer au Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris dans la classe de Ventsislav Yankoff, où elle a obtenu un Premier Prix de Piano et de Musique de Chambre.

Elle a été lauréate et finaliste de plusieurs concours internationaux dont Genève, Mavi Marcoz, Chopin Palma de Majorque, Pescara et Jaen.

Elle a joué en récital et avec orchestre en France (Salle Gaveau, Salle CortotThéâtre de lʼAthénée, etc.), en Autriche (Mozarteum de Salzbourg), en Allemagne, en Suisse (Victoria Hall de Genève), aux États-Unis (Carnegie Hall de New York) mais aussi en Belgique, en Espagne, en Italie, en Hongrie, en Suède, en Grèce, au Japon, au Liban etc.

Son enregistrement des vingt-quatre Études de Chopin a été salué par Harold Schonberg, critique musical au New York Times. Elle a aussi enregistré la troisième sonate de Chopin chez Polymnie et son double album Schumann-Liszt, aussi chez Polymnie, a obtenu la récompense “Maestro” du magazine Pianiste.

Elle est professeur titulaire de piano à l’Ecole Normale de Musique où elle est aussi directrice artistique des Concerts de Midi & Demi (2012 – 2015) à la salle Cortot et donne des master-class entre autres au Japon et à l’Académie MUSICALTA, Cagliari, Musique en Graves, PTNA.

Elle a créé notamment le Concours international de Piano d’Arcachon, les soirées musicales « Harmonies du Soir » à lʼhôtel Plaza Athénée à Paris, le cycle de concerts “Emotions musicales” au Cercle France-Amériques à Paris, ainsi qu’un concours annuel à Tokyo permettant l’attribution de bourses d’études à l’École normale Cortot.
En 2014, Véronique Bonnecaze a également créé l’Académie de Musique à Biscarrosse.

Membre de jury de concours internationaux en France, Italie, Japon (Yokohama, Tokyo, PTNA), elle a été vice-présidente du Concours international Francis Poulenc.

​Véronique BONNECAZE est également la fondatrice et présidente du Concours International de Piano France-Amériques à Paris.

 

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EnsLes Meslanges

Ensemble Les Meslanges

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EnsLes Meslanges

Ensemble Les Meslanges, Thomas Van Essen and Volny Hostiou musical directors

  • François Ménissier, grand orgue
  • Cécile Dalmon, sexta pars
  • Esther Labourdette, cantus
  • Raphael Mas, quinta pars, cantus
  • Damien Rivière, tenor
  • Vincent Lièvre-Picard, tenor, contra
  • Thomas Van Essen, bassus, tenor
  • Florent Baffi, bassus
  • Eva Godard, Sarah Dubus, cornets
  • Claire McIntyre, Abel Rohrbach, Christiane Bopp, Arnaud Brétécher, sacqueboutes
  • Volny Hostiou, serpent, bassus, tenor

 
Les Meslanges an ensemble of instrumental and vocal soloists created by Thomas Van Essen, driven by a passion for the diversity that early music offers. The fundamental aim of the ensemble is to put music into its historical and artistic context, through an exploration of its relationship to the art and litterature of its time. Several forms of concerts are used : « lecture concerts », reading out of texts or literary compositions forging links to the music, and the use of elements of set to draw the audience into the music by de Boesset, Le Camus, Charpentier …
One of the particularities of the ensemble is the alternation between the voices in the quire accompanied by the serpent and organ in the gallery, in the manner music was executed from the 16th to the 18th centuries : Masses, Magnificats, Te Deums… The ensemble collaborates with organists such as François Ménissier and Jean-Luc Ho in programmes featuring organ pieces and faux-bourdon plainsong with serpent. In 2013, Volny Hostiou joined the ensemble as associate director, alongside Thomas Van Essen. From it’s beginings in Normandy, the ensemble has performed thoughout France and has been invited to several prestigious music festivals : Sinfonia en Périgord, International Early Music Festival of Ribeauvillé (twice), Baroque Festival of Pontoise …

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Les Messes retrouvées de Jehan Titelouze

Les Messes retrouvées de Jehan Titelouze

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Vassilena Serafimova

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Vassilena Serafimova is a percussionist. After graduating from her father’s percussion class in Bulgaria, she trained at the CNSMD in Paris and at the Juilliard School in New York. Between 2003 and 2010, she won several international prizes, among them 1st prize at the World International Marimba Competition in Stuttgart and 2nd prize at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich.

In 2014, she made her debut at the Carnegie Hall in New York. A year later, with the jazz pianist Thomas Enhco, she was the first marimba player in history to perform at the French awards ceremony Victoires de la Musique Classique. In 2016, the duo recorded their first album, Funambules, for Deutsche Grammophon.

Vassilena has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at numerous festivals and has recorded for Radio France, Bayerischer Rundfunk and Bulgarian National Radio. She has performed at the Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Théâtre du Châtelet and Salle Pleyel in Paris. She is an Adams Musical Instruments and a Zildjian artist, and has created her own mallet series with Vibrawell.

 

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TrANsGressiOns, Live with Vassilena Serafimova

TrANsGressiOns, Live with Vassilena Serafimova

Chin Chin

Chin Chin

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DSCH - Shostakovich Ensemble

DSCH – Schostakovich Ensemble

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DSCH - Shostakovich Ensemble

DSCH – Shostakovich Ensemble

The DSCH – Shostakovich Ensemble is a chamber music project based in Lisbon since its creation by the pianist Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro in 2006, the centennial year of the birth of the composer Dmitri Shostakovich, to whom the ensemble owes its name, using his famous musical signature DSCH. A mixed-format chamber ensemble, the Shostakovich Ensemble constitutes a platform for the meeting and interaction of excellent musicians. The vast repertory of the Shostakovich Ensemble includes works by composers from various periods and musical styles, from Bach to Schumann, from Mozart to Messiaen, from Brahms to Ravel, from Beethoven to Dvořák, including Portuguese composers, and contemporaries such as Sofia Gubaidulina, with whom the Ensemble has established a close collaboration. Since its debut in 2006, the Shostakovich Ensemble presents its concert season in Portugal and became Ensemble in Residence at the Belém Cultural Center in Lisbon in 2008. It has performed in several countries, such as Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, Estonia, Sweden or Russia, obtaining a great receptivity of the public and excellent reviews of the musical critic. Throughout its existence, it has had the participation of musicians such as Corey Cerovsek, Adrian Brendel, Renaud Capuçon, Pascal Moraguès, Jack Liebeck, José van Dam, Benjamin Schmid, Isabel Charisius, Michel Portal, Gary Hoffman, Eldar Nebolsin, Tatiana Samouil , Adriana Ferreira, Gérard Caussé, Cerys Jones, Christian Poltéra, Rosa Maria Barrantes, Lars Anders Tomter, Nicolas Altstaedt, Kyril Zlotnikov, Edgar Moreau, Tiago Pinto-Ribeiro, Pedro Carneiro, Silvia Careddu, Marcelo Nisinman, Anna Samuil, Ramón Ortega Quero and Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro, among others. The Ensemble recorded concerts for Radio Antena 2 and for the Mezzo channel. The DSCH – Shostakovich Ensemble has the artistic direction of Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro.

 

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Complete Chamber Music for Piano and Strings

Complete Chamber Music for Piano and Strings

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Quatuor Girard

Quatuor Girard

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Quatuor Girard

Composed of members of one large family, the Girard Quartet was born of a shared passion kindled by family performances of chamber music from a very early age.

Trained by the Ysaÿe Quartet at Paris’s Conservatoire Régional and then by Miguel da Silva at Genève’s Haute Ecole de Music, the Girard Quartet simultaneously studied with some of the greatest quartets at the European Chamber Music Academy, the Villecroze Académie musicale, Proquartet, and Aix-en-Provence’s Académie du festival, quickly making a name for themselves at several important international music competitions. Winners of the Prix Académie Maurice Ravel in 2010 at the Saint-Jean-de-Luz festival, the Quartet were also prize winners at the Concours de Genève in 2011, and followed this by winning awards from the Fondation Banque Populaire and the HSBC Académie du Festival in Aix-en-Provence.

Guests in many prestigious concert halls and festivals in France including the Musée d’Orsay Auditorium and the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Nantes’s La Folle Journée, Arles’s Soirées et Matinées musicales, the Deauville festival, and La Grange de Meslay, the Quartet are also sought after on the international scene, notably in London’s Wigmore Hall as well as in Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Morocco, Russia and Japan. The Girard Quartet perform with internationally renowned musicians such as Jean-Claude Pennetier, Henri Demarquette, Raphaël Pidoux, François Salque, Gérard Caussé, Ronald Van Spaendonck…

At present, they are quartet in residence at the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium’s Royal Chapel, where they benefit from close contact with the Artemis Quartet. They are also supported by the Singer-Polignac Foundation. Regular broadcasts on France Musique, Radio Classique and Musiq’3 allow the Quartet to share their precious musical projects with a large audience. The Quartet combine their concert activities with an ongoing drive to make their music available to all audiences. With this in mind, they have already established joint ventures with several primary schools and music schools. Their performance of Beethoven’s complete string quartets – between May 2015 and January 2018 at Caen Auditorium – was a decisive, memorable experience which will continue to shape their future.

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The Starry Sky Beethoven Hersant

The Starry Sky Beethoven Hersant

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