On the 11th August I played some Telemann tracks live on Dutch Radio 4. You can listen back via their website: http://www.radio4.nl/opiumop4/uitzending/524138/opium
Just follow the link and click on “luister terug”. I play three times, at 5’00, at 25’55 and at 55’00
Quite nerve-racking to struggle to speak in dutch and play this tricky music live!
The Telemann Fantasias recording got 4 stars in a review in The Guardian this weekend!
Robert Smith navigates each piece with clear-eyed musicality, always weaving a beautifully sonorous, coherent line through Telemann’s rich invention.
I had a great week rehearsing and performing Boccherini string quintets in the Itineraire Baroque festival in Perigord. A funny excerpt from one of our concerts was featured on the Classic FM Facebook page:
The Telemann Fantasias disc was released today and it already has a stunning review from Europadisc where it is CD of the week!
Read the full review here. Below are some choice quotes… 🙂
He coaxes an outrageously beautiful, richly sonorous tone from his instrument,
Smith’s particular talent is to allow the instrument to speak with total naturalness, keeping the music rhythmically buoyant and skilfully applying subtle rubato.
Best of all are the frequent throw-away endings, which Smith injects with a spontaneity that characterises his performances as a whole. As for the cadenza-like upward skidaddle before the closing bars of No.11’s opening Allegro– it’s positively indecent!
For anyone who knows and loves Bach’s Suites, Robert Smith’s Telemann is an absolute must: no praise could be higher. Grab a copy, and relish Telemann’s extraordinary music, brilliantly played.
On Sunday the 3rd September I’ll officially present my Telemann CD in the beautiful surroundings of the Cromhouthuis Museum on the Amsterdam canal ring. Of course there will be a lot of music to be enjoyed!
Tickets via: http://www.geelvinck.nl/muziek/concertagenda/
You can already pre-order my brand new disk of the Telemann viola da gamba Fantasias on the Resonus Classics website. Also available in the other usual places.
In this months BBC Music Magazine The Excellency of Hand was awarded 5 stars. The review said some very nice things such as:
Gamba demons Paolo Pandolfo and Robert Smith (early music’s Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid) have concocted an intoxicating brew of pieces that would surely convert the most hardened sceptic.
Click here to read the full review
Yesterday I received the first edit of my recording of the Telemann Fantasias for viola da gamba (see here). It’s really exciting to finally have my hands on it! I need to sit down and give it some careful listening, but I’m already rather happy with the sound and the playing – it isn’t always like that! Of course there will always be things that you wish you had done differently. It’s out on 4th August, so you can decide for yourself!
Korte en krachtige recensie in De Volkskrant!
Smith en Pandolfo rakelen gonzende klanken op
Lees volledig recensie.