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PRESS
Shlomo
MINTZ

[ ... ] And so it began: Unhurriedly, calmly, somewhat quietly... and stunningly precisely.
 It felt like a laser cutting in silence a seemingly straight line, which nevertheless was full of Baroque embellishments.
Mintz's violin did not dart at breakneck speed, nor pushed itself to the forefront. Instead, it simply chatted to this or that musician - all in perfect, nay, cosmic harmony.
As a matter of fact, what we listened to was not a soloist cast against the backdrop of an orchestra, but a group of soloists rolled into one.
When the audience regained their breath, their standing ovation was rewarded with two encores."  XII Huberman Violin Festival Opening Concert

“Mintz’s musical thinking is instinctive. His tone, aged for 50 years on the concert stage, is rich and gritty. He bows with a firm hand, strokes bold as charcoal…This is a heart-on-sleeve performance, fierce and emotional, not especially gentle, more energetic, masculine, athletic.” OpusOneReview, Toronto

 “Those fortunate persons who attended the concert had the singular occasion to listen one of the greatest violinists of these days.” La Nacion, Buenos Aires

 

“ … Mintz marked his 50th anniversary on stage with Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. It was a vigorous, sharp-edged performance that highlighted the virtuosic side of this concert hall warhorse”  Toronto Star, Toronto

 

"The sound Shlomo Mintz channeled in Beethoven's Violin Concerto, was beautiful, precise and polished and couldn’t be faulted from the deepest to the highest of notes. The soloing was noble, never gratuitously showy and always alert to the orchestra. Had the concert hall’s roof caved in, there was such gravitas in Mintz’ brilliant delivery, the magnificence of his singing violin would have continued.."    Limelight Magazine (Australia)



Roberto PROSSEDA

Pedal Piano Recital
Impressive ...




Roberto Prosseda’s introduction with three 'kanonische Etüden" by R. Schumann already demonstrates the rich and brilliant sound capacities of the double piano […] the instrument is impressionating right away.
The massive deep pitch triggers a variety of overtones which gives the sound an surprising brilliance.
It's an acoustic expansion in 2 directions - down to a striking bass and up to the finest sound colors - with an overwhelmingly brilliant result.  
Mosel Musikfestival

Gounod
Piano Works


" ... Prosseda takes Gounod's piano work out of it's shadowy existence and reveals a completely new view upon the French composer, free from any Kitsch."
concerti


" ... The previously unrecorded Sonata for Piano Duet is a minor masterpiece.
Its first-movement Tarantella rivals Rossini for invention and wit. The Schubertian Adagio makes full use of the piano’s registers without ever sounding too thick, while the Presto Finale (sound clip) features dashing unison octave runs, surprising harmonic detours, and dramatic use of dynamics that foreshadow Gounod’s future prowess as a man of the theater.
Needless to say, Prosseda’s masterful technique and innate idiomatic flair bring each and every piece to characterful life. ... "  Classics today

" ... Diese Stücke enthalten vielleicht nicht die revolutionärste Musik für dieses Instrument, aber charmant, ausdrucksstark und abwechslungsreich - und deshalb eine Entdeckung wert - sind sie sicher! [...]
Und dann gibt es die 6 Präludien und Fugen  [...]  sind genial komponiert und manchmal auch überraschende Meisterwerke. [...]
Auf seiner schönen Fazioli bringt Prosseda fließende, poetische und technisch gut kontrollierte Aufführungen dieser zu Unrecht vernachlässigten Stücke von Gounod. www.klara.be

" Prosseda doesn't face these little pieces with nonchalance, as if they were products of lower quality put on the trash table. He takes them as serious as if they were treasures from the jewelry department.
Be it dexterity, assignment of voices or tempi: Prosseda considers these works
[…] documents of a great composer […] 
Nothing is painted over, alienated, backcombed or blowed up. Roberto Prosseda does not let himself taken by the poetry of Gounod's piano work, but takes them by their depth - at times elegiacly singing, at times softly sparkling - and never exaggerating.
With such style competence, he definitely does justice to Gounod."
Ch. Vratz



Mozart
Piano Sonatas 7 - 12
" ... He plays the sonatas with such dedication and verve, as if he wants to contradict all those, who're maintaining that Mozart's sonatas are only a pale shadow of his concertos.
When Mozart is requesting "con spirito", Prosseda supplies! And he does as well, in case "maestoso" is requested as in the A Minor sonata  - which for Prosseda means that he's allowed to detect minuscule melancholic islands.
This recording is increasingly turning out to be the modern piano equivalent to Bezuidenhout's fortepiano recordings."
concerti online

" Mozart’s piano sonatas in perfection. Roberto Prosseda enthuses with his 2nd album […]
And here it is again. This very particular sound, this very special play. Roberto Prosseda has this natural musical intuition for Mozart, this freshness, this spontaneity. […]
Already Prossseda’s first album had enthused me. And this one does it once again. […]
Prosseda convinces with freshness, spontaniety and
[even inserts] little improvisations.
Is
Roberto Prosseda allowed to do so? I think, yes, he is!  These are the liberties who make something new, fresh out of well-known familarities. Which open our ears and catches our attention. Mozart himself has been a great improvisator, who never slavishly sticked at his own score. And that is exactly what makes his music even more lively. […]  I’m already looking forward to the 3rd album. "  HR2

“ … this was a completely new experience for me: possibly a new Mozart reference.
[…] specially enthusing the virtuoso decorations and variations. One could easily imagine,
that Mozart could have done decorations the same way
[…]
[Concerning the] Valotti tuning, there might be people, suffering from an absolute pitch, who consider the sound impure, but what counts, is the fact that, this way, tensions are created, savored and eased, which makes the play vital and colorful as seldom heard before. […]
T
his is the way one plays Mozart in 2018. " 
MDR

“ … Roberto Prosseda is a subtle and sophisticated mind at the keys.
His articulation is incredibly carefully and lovingly, and on top of it, he offers a great many of sound colors in piano and pianissimo passages. Particularly special is his art of ornamentation. Again and again, he takes the liberty to add little and elegant excursions, which are not written in the score. Prosseda does that the way Mozart certainly did it at his time.
He improvises and ornaments stylistically correct and is not slavishly following the text - Mozart would certainly have liked it. “  
Radio Bremen




Mendelssohn  Edition
Complete Piano Works


" [...] He especially makes clear, that Mendelssohn is not a Kitsch-composer!
His play is so clear, that even on modern pianos, the sound possibilities of the 19th century remain still apparent. Prosseda discovers middle voices and second lines, integrates them intelligently and takes transitions with great care.
At the same time, he renounces to giant rubati and doses the use of pedal.
His sparkling touch (which also distinguishes his recent Mozart recordings) is always convincing.
[...]
 In summa, Prosseda achieves a major success: he combines a sens for melodic arcs with intelligent increasements (as for example in the 1st Fugue from op.35) and he shows, how subltly Mendelssohn joins contrasts.

[...] a music who, almost as Chopin, tells stories in an utmost small space. … “
FONO FORUM,  Juli/17

" [...] Prosseda has recorded these pieces with supreme pianistic mastery, but also, however, with a sens for the respective microcosm, the atmospherique picture into which he engages himself for every piece – how small it may be.
His range reaches from brilliant virtuosity through pensive moments with long lasting tones to playful roguishness or also melancholic moments.
Playing Mendelssohn is difficult
[...] And this is exactly what makes this complete recording so worth listening. An immense empathy, an outstanding refinement of play and the deep understanding of the music arising from the knowledge about Mendelssohn as a human being. An unconditional recommendation for this 10 Cds-Box, not only because of the actual uniqueness with reference qualities.
" MDR Kultur 2017


Mozart
Piano Sonatas 1 - 6




“ …  a performance  which sets, more uncomprimisingly than all his spiritual predecessors, on sensible articulation and phrasing, colourfulness, agility and flexibility.

However, the instrument he chose was not a historical fortepiano, but a Fazioli grand piano from 2015, delicately tuned in one of the historical unequal temperaments, which allowed him to realize amazingly well Mozart’s piano writing in a lean way, with an extreme richness of nuances and a soft piano down to a breathed-like pianissimo.

Thus, he realized an interpretation […] which is free from professoral or historicizing rigidity, but still less from the smart ‘modern’ one-track-ideology with which Mozart can still often be heard.

On the contrary, I have the impression that, here, it has been succeeded to convey the whole musical wealth of these Sonatas more lively and more powerfully than ever.

Prosseda always remains close to the text, but presents it by a colour palette applied in an excitingly imaginative way and constantly opening new perspectives: a recording which has to become a new reference.    Ingo Harden, Fono Forum

" ... the choice of the instrument plaid a major role. Even though he plays a modern grand piano, it’s mechanic and soundboard allow him to explore effects reminding a pianoforte. And moreover, he chose the tempered Valotti tuning still common in the 19th century.

The combination of these 3 elements for the recording of the first 6 piano sonatas leads to an extremely remarkable and impressive sound experience.

Thus, we’re really looking forward to how the pianist will approach the next works by the Salzburg master. " DR-Kultur


Pedal Piano - Project
   
   Charles Gounod
Works f. Pedal Piano
 
Complete Pedal Piano Recital 


" ... the sound world is fascinating: a multi-textured tapistry woven by an empowered soloist... "  Int. Piano
"... Gounod's music for pedal piano: great stuff!  [...] This disc is really a revelation ..."   Classics Today / Major Discoveries

"... among the very jolliest of piano and orchestra recordings that had coem my way for some time [...] a real winner [...]  an unexpected delight."   Gramophone

Playing heart, soul and feet: Italian pianist Roberto Prosseda revives a lost art, recreating the haunting melodies of a pedal piano [...]  there is the almost architectural quality of the sound, created by the interplay of the two vertically stacked soundboards. .. "   Wall Street Journal

" ... charming and witty, sometimes massive and sometimes delicate. [...]  Prosseda plays all of the solo parts with Gallic elegance ... "
Int. record review













Betty
OLIVERO







(...) There were many more beautiful moments in Merkavot by the Israeli composer Betty Olivero. In its first movement, quiet communications among solo strings survived sudden single events: percussion impulses or huge chords that had a somewhat Messian- like shine and seductiveness, but within a far more fluid musical world. The second, with warbling flute and clarinet, the constant, again swayed and bulged unpredictably. Here was one composer to ask back (...)"  The New York Times

"(...) The major discovery was Betty Olivero`s Batnun, a single-movement Concerto for double bass and orchestra that stands as one of the few fully convincing solo pieces for double bass I've encountered (...)"   The New York Times

"Betty Olivero`s song-cycle, Cantes Amargos, is one of the most beautiful works of its kind heard in recent memory (...)"  Daily News


"(...) The combination of the old German film Der Golem from 1920 with the music written by the Israeli composer Betty Olivero, has created a whole which is bigger than its components. The sounds not only enrich the film, they are magnificent music which combines the Klezmer elements with the Baroque, all plane without any disguise, to create a convincing sound."
Ha'retz

"(...) In Olivero's hands, the Hosha'ana sounds commanding, insisting. It cries for God in a protest manner, with the pain of dissonant chords, with Piccolo and Bells and screaming strings. A heart penetrating scream, an unforgettable music. (...)Presenze by Olivero was thrilling with its wonderful bravery and its orchestral and melodic innovation."  Ha'retz

"(...) The ensemble presented the world premiere of a profoundly beautiful work by the Israeli composer Betty Olivero Achot Ketana ("In Memoriam"). A mezzo-soprano intones a Hebrew prayer from 13th century Spain to music based on the opening harmonies and gestures of Bach's "Chaconne" for solo violin. The piece is full of echoes: three solo violinists and a clarinetist stand behind the string ensemble, introducing ideas and providing commentary, all directed by Olivero's sense of drama and precision of ear." Globe Staff  
 
AUDIO
Roberto PROSSEDA

Mozart

Piano Sonatas 7-12
     
         Sonate Nr.7 in C, KV 309, Rondeau Allegretto Gracioso
      
  Sonate Nr.9 in D, KV 310, Presto
         Sonate Nr.10 in D, KV 330, Andante Cantabile
          Sonate Nr.11 in D, KV 331, Andante Gracioso
      
  Sonate Nr. 12 in F, KV 332, Allegro
      
     










Gounod

Piano Works
     


       
   Marche Funèbre d'une Marionette,  d-moll, CG 583
       
   Méditation sur le 1er Prélude de Bach, C-Dur, CG 896
       
    La Veneziana (Barcarolle), g-moll, CG 593




 



Mendelssohn

Klavierkonzerte 1+2
     
          Konzert f. Klavier & Orchester Nr.1, Op.25, 1st mov.,
               Molto Allegro 
           Concert f. piano & orchestra, op.40, 1st mov.,
               Allegro Appasionato

             
               Residentie Orkest, Jan Willem de Vriend
   



Luca
 LOMBARDI

"Warum?"  

       String Quartett
      
    3rd mov  "Wilder Reiter"   *  5th mov   "Scherzo (SHoA2)"  * 
               7th mov  
"SHAlom"

         Live-recording 2006, Nomos Quartett




"Terra + Mare"


     
          Terra

        Live- recording, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentini
         Zubin Mehta



CD  "Music for solo flute"


       
          Nel vento, con Ariel
                        
         
 Ro'

                Roberto Fabbricciani, flute





"Mendelssohn at the Jewish Museum Berlin"


        
  Live recording  2016

         Roberto Prosseda
, piano



Betty
 OLIVERO

"Neharo't, Neharo't"



        
   Live recording 2015  
              

         Kim Kashkashian, viola, 
Münchner Kammerorchester
  

VIDEO
Shlomo MINTZ &
Roberto PROSSEDA
Live in concert

Cesar Franck
 Violinsonate, A-Dur,  1-4


Roberto
PROSSEDA
Live in concert
Enescu Philh.Orch./ D. Gimenez
Bukarest, Feb 2018


   Felix Mendelssohn
Klavierkonzert Nr.1, Op.25




Live in concert
Orq. Sinf. de Galicia/ V.P. Perez
La Coruna, May 2018


   Felix Mendelssohn
Klavierkonzert Nr.2, Op.40




Live in concert


W.A. Mozart
  Piano Concert  KV 721,
3rd mov
with I Virtuosi Italiani

F. Mendelssohn
   Variations sérieuses, d-moll, op. 54
Live, Lodi 2015

Pedal Piano Cycle

Interview / documentary
Video London Philh. Orch.
f. concert am 14.11.2018

  About the Pedal Piano
History, properties, sound
with music samples





Live in concert
Pedal Piano Recital
   
Charles Gounod
  Conc. p. Piano-pédalier et Orchestre, 3.Satz
Live in Pordenone


J.S. Bach
  Passacaglia , c-moll, BWV 582,  KV 608 




Video-Clip
Music: Charles Gounod
Video: Antonio Bido
 

   Funeral March
of a Marionette



Luca
 LOMBARDI
Concerts

    Infra
         Live recording
          ensemble                                unitedberlin






"Warum"
       Live recording
       Israeli Contemporary
       String Quartet






Shlomo
MINTZ
Live in concert
 






E. Ysaye

  Sonate no. 6, E-Dur
      Live recording 2017

N. Paganini
  Caprice  no.5
      Live recording 2014

W.A. Mozart
  Violin Conc. no.3, G Major,
with Camerata Bariloche, 2016



Shlomo
MINTZ
Interview
Upon
Violins of Hope

  "A message of hope and peace"
Cleveland 2015

Jean Jacques
LEMETRE
Babel Orkestra


   Video Clipping
World Premier
Montreal, Satosphere




"Amazing Human Beings"
Interview

Music from 5 contints
Visit at tha atelier of a musician

DVD
Roberto PROSSEDA
 
DVD  "Pedal Piano Recital"

Ch.V. Alkan
  Grand Prélude op.66, n.4 pour piano pédalier,

Jean Jacques
LEMETRE
  DVD


   L'oeil et l'oreille
4 films d'Anne Lacombe
Sur le travail et la musique
de Jean Jacques Lemêtre

INTERVIEWS /  WRITINGS
Günter A.
BUCHWALD
 Interview

Silent Movie & Live music

Jean Jacques
LEMETRE
  Book
JOUER AVEC LA MUSIQUE
JJ Lemêtre et le Théâtre du soleil
Pierre Longuenesse
Actes SUD-Papiers
Release 28.3.2018

Roberto PROSSEDA
Interview



   Music of my life
w. J. Nichols
International Piano

Roberto PROSSEDA
     Interview

    Upon Mozart Sonatas
w. David Warn
pianostreet.com