News

  • Broadcast on Concertzender Nederland 9 October, 2017

    Tonight the Telemann Fantasias are being broadcast over the internet by the Concertzender Nederland. The programme is Nuove Musiche and can be found here: https://www.concertzender.nl/programma/nuove_musiche_415198/

    The broadcast should be available for several days afterwards.

  • Guillemain recording with Fantasticus 6 October, 2017

    Fantasticus just finished recording their latest CD, Louis-Gabriel Guillemain’s Op.12 Quartets for Flute, Violin, Viola da gamba and harpsichord. We had the immense pleasure of working with the great Wilbert Hazelzet on traverso flute. The recording should appear sometime next year on Resonus Classics, so keep an eye on this space – or better still the Fantasticus facebook page: www.facebook.com/fantasticus.baroque/

  • Two more reviews for Telemann! 29 September, 2017

    In this months Classical Music magazine, the Telemann Fantasias received 5 stars:

    This freshness and excitement are tangible on the current disc, well-filled and beautifully recorded, such that at no point does the ear tire of a solitary viola da gamba.

    The recording also received a review in the Nederlandse Dagblad:

    Robert doet een overtuigend pleidooi voor deze muziek. Prachtig zijn de muzikale stijlmiddelen die Smith gebruikt om deze muziek tot leven te brengen.

    Robert makes a convincing argument for this music. The various musical styles employed by Smith are beautiful and bring this music to life.

    In contrast to the first review the Dagblad found that perhaps 80 minutes of unaccompanied music was too much of a good thing. You’ll have to decide for yourselves!

     

  • PRJCT Amsterdam 29 September, 2017

    I’m enjoying a great Vivaldi and Pergolesi project at the moment with the great Dutch countertenor, Maarten Engeltjes. Here’s some photos from the first concert. 3 more concerts this weekend in Holland!

  • BBC Record Review 21 August, 2017

    Andrew McGregor featured the Telemann Fantasia in G major on his Record Review programme on BBC Radio 3 last Saturday. You can listen back to the programme here, and the Telemann part starts at 1:29:40

    According to McGregor:

    Smith is alive to the fantasy and to Telemann’s musical and technical ingenuity.

  • New Video – Telemann 17 August, 2017

    Here’s a new video, just in from the Telemann recording session last year:

  • Live on the Radio! 17 August, 2017

    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!

  • 4 stars in The Guardian 31 July, 2017

    The Telemann Fantasias recording got 4 stars in a review in The Guardian this weekend!

    https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/jul/30/telemann-fantasias-for-viola-da-gamba-review-robert-smith

    Robert Smith navigates each piece with clear-eyed musicality, always weaving a beautifully sonorous, coherent line through Telemann’s rich invention.

  • Castanets in Perigord 30 July, 2017

    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:

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10155754347774260&id=6569469259

  • CD of the week! Telemann Fantasias 28 July, 2017

    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.