The agency Cadenza Concert was founded in 1993 by Alja Batthyány-Végh. After several years in Zurich, she continued her work in Salzburg. The musical heritage of her father, Sandor Végh, plays an important part creating a spiritual unity with all "our" artists, some of whom played music or studied with or under him.
Since November 2013 Marcus Gisperg – together with Olivia Mitterhuemer - coordinates national and international concerts and tours for soloists, conductors, chamber music ensembles, chamber orchestras, as well as symphonic orchestras. With particular devotion and personal commitment we try to create a personal atmosphere between presenters worldwide and our artists.
At the world's prestigious Prague Mozart Festival, a young Korean flutist Jasmine Choi showed an exceptional performance, with her exquisite tone and brilliant technique."
The real fireworks began with Haydn's First Cello Concerto, with German cellist Nicolas Altstaedt as soloist. One of Discovery Ensemble's strengths is its ability to play 18th-century music with true lightness and finesse, which they showed off throughout the concerto. Altstaedt was an inventive and creative partner; all the time he seemed to be listening keenly, whether he was playing or not. And he varied his tone and phrasing in fascinating ways, sometimes dropping down to a whisper in order to let the orchestra have its say. He also added a fascinating cadenza of his own to the first movement. His technical command was dazzling in the racing finale.
For an encore, Altstaedt and concertmaster Samantha Bennett played Sibelius's first composition, a duo for violin and cello pizzicato called "Water Droplets." He played standing up, leaning over to look at her music stand. It is difficult to imagine a more self-effacing encore."
The allure of the flute that touched the world...The star of the flute is born."
The rising star we have to watch out for... Jasmine Choi earned passionate applause from [her performance of] the flute concerto by Andre Jolivet... She unites perfect technique and astounding musicianship."
L'enginy i la sensibilitat de Gaigg és extraordinària, sobretot perquè el seu detallisme expressiu, en cadascun dels moviments simfònics, mena cap a un concepte de totalitat; concepte que realça, sens dubte, totes les intencions del jove compositor de Leipzig. En l'àmbit del llenguatge artístic, Gaigg posa en comú la poètica de la interpretació amb una energia i una flexibilitat notables. La versió elegant de L'Orfeo Barockorchester, rica en expressió i matís, és modèlica en els contrastos i brillant en l'execució.
Com ja hem dit en altres ocasions, l'elegància és el caràcter distintiu i articulador que Michi Gaigg ha impulsat en el conjunt musical per mitjà del seu generós lideratge. L'Orfeo Barockorchester és sens dubte un conjunt instrumental privilegiat, tocat per una innegable gràcia. La resta és passió i imaginació desbordant.
Esperem amb delit que ben aviat enregistrin les restants String Symphonies.
Choi's transcription gives the flute the opportunity to indulge in the surging passions and grand gestures the Romantics added to our musical dialogue."
Jasmine Choi was celebrated by the audience in the seventh Austrian Flute Festival in Vienna. Her wonderful sound and her cultivated, even-tempered interpretation left no dreams unfulfilled."
Many of us remember Rampal's iconic recording of the Bolling Suite. Granted Rampal's recording is a challenging act to follow, but Choi quite successfully brings a fresh and definitive look to the score. The playing is expressive and nuanced. This CD should be on the 'must have' list for serious flutist."
Korean flutist Jasmine Choi is a revisionist, and one so serious as to put her young career on the line for the sake of broadening the flute repertoire and raising the instrument's profile."