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LOS ELEMENTOS - Kleine Zeitung review, 18 September 2011

Viel hinreißender Wirbel um die Elemente

 

Spritzig war "Los Elementos" bei der Trigonale. Klamauk mischte sich mit Barockmusik.

"Le Tendre Amour" bezauberte in St. Veit mit "Los Elementos" von Antonio de Literes. Adrián Schvarzstein, Zirkusdirektor und Straßenkünstler, schuf als Regisseur den Rahmen für die turbulente Abfolge der zwölf Arien, die auf die allegorischen vier Elemente plus die Zeit aufgeteilt sind. So verlockten die zahlreichen Nebenhandlungen voller Klamauk zum auf die Seite sehen, während die vier (die Elemente darstellenden) Sängerinnen ihre perfekten Tonkaskaden perlen ließen.

Das Ensemble unter Katy Elkin (Oboe) und Esteban Mazer (Cembalo) spielte die Begleitung zu den Da-Capo-Arien und zu den im italienischen Einfluss stehenden 4/4-Takt-Rezitativen superb. Als Wasser und Aurora brillierte María Hinojosa Montenegro, temperamentvoll und gut bei Stimme auch "Feuer" Marina Pardo. Der Bariton Donato di Gioia verkörperte die Zeit und wurde gemeinsam mit dem als Faktotum auftretenden Schvarzstein zwischen der geballten Weiblichkeit hin und her geschubst, sorgte aber mit männlicher Ausstrahlung für erotische Spannung. Wunderbar zu hören und zu sehen ist die brasilianische Luanda Siqueira da Silva, die im weißen Kleid "Luft" verkörperte, ein schöner Gegensatz zur sinnlichen "Erde" im roten Kleid, Lidia Vinyes Curtis. Von ihnen ließ man sich gern auf die Glatze küssen oder Luft kunstvoll zufächeln. Insgesamt ein musikalisch, aber auch szenisch ausgezeichnet, sympathisch und ansprechend gestalteter bejubelter Abend".

BARBARA EINHAUER

 


 

Musica Dei Donum CD reviews - Johan van Veen

 

"This disc [K617 - Le Passage de la Mer Rouge] deserves nothing but praise. First of all, we get acquainted here with a little-known genre...nothing of Bousset has ever been recorded before. Also highly commendable is the fact that the pronunciation of the French texts is strictly historical. Luanda Siqueira has a beautiful voice, and sings with great understanding and much expression. She also deals admirably with the dramatic elements of De Bousset's cantata. The instrumentalists give fine performances of the instrumental parts of the cantatas and deliver good performances of the trio sonatas."

 


 

Muse Baroque, le magazine de la musique baroque - Monique Parmentier Le Tendre Amour - CD Le Passage de la Mer Rouge

 

Le Passage de la Mer Rouge, est en fait l’enregistrement d’un concert qui a été donné par l’ensemble le Tendre Amour, lors du festival International de Musique de Sarrebourg durant l’été 2009. Cet ensemble basé à Barcelone, mais dont les musiciens sont issus des 4 coins du monde, et qui doivent leur nom à une des thématiques préférés du règne de Louis XIV, ont composé ici un programme représentant l’âge d’or de la cantate spirituelle française.

 

.....Les musiciens soulignent les effets par de belles couleurs, offrant du brillant à la musique d’Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre. Du hautbois glorieux à la basse de violon profonde comme le tombeau ou dont la virtuosité appuie la force de la foi dans le premier air, au violon qui devient la flamme qui anime la colère du pharaon, au clavecin qui laisse éclater la joie, tous participent à la mise en scène musical du propos. Les tempi sont légers et la jeune soprano Luanda Siqueira au timbre épicé et au phrasé appliqué parvient à nous rendre toute la subtilité théâtrale et au fond divertissante de la cantate à la française.

 

...Le chant du hautbois y est profondément mélancolique et celui du violon implorant. Ils n’ont toutefois guère le temps de s’appesantir tant l’allegro devient une pirouette au chagrin qui mine cette fin de règne. L’esprit en reste ainsi profondément baroque. Elle introduit la cantate de Brossard, La Cheute de Salomon où les instrumentistes et la soprano semblent se faire plaisir à colorer à l’envie, à dramatiser, ou à attendrir le texte. Le théorbe s’y fait le tendre compagnon de la soliste.

 

...Un disque au charme certain, évocateur d’un monde qui cherche à vivre toujours et encore, mais que les drames assombrissent. La musique devient ainsi un doux refuge, un compagnon pouvant évoquer cette joie qui fuit avec le temps.

 


 

“Captivating performance of Rousseau’s stroke of genius ...That’s how the lively theatre-evening started, in which the internationally renowned baroque ensemble LTA performed J.J Rousseau’s one-act opera “Le Devin du Village”. What followed was a display of musical and scenic fireworks.

 

The singing was of the highest level and the ten musicians at the back of the stage performed with virtuosity. The historic performance practice had nothing dusty about it but was filled with bustling life. It all worked because of the enormous stage presence of the artists who included the numerous public so naturally that some surprised ones found themselves on stage.

 

Marvelous: Adrián Schvarzstein as an aimable and chaotic “factotum” and Thomas Höft as a concierge who was in fact bound and gagged for most of the time, forced to watch the captivating stage events. After being freed he was made to read a statement in which the artistic director of the Bad Kissinger Winterzauber, Jutta Dieing, committed to letting Le Tendre Amour perform in the Rossini hall forever – for twice the salary. This is indeed unrealistic – but Le Tendre Amour would certainly have deserved it!". Main Post - Rousseaus Operneinakter „Le Devin du Village“ mit aktuellen Anspielungen beim Winterzauber in Bad Kissingen

 


 

"From the dark aisle of the church, a voice rose, and the narrator walked forward with a candle in her hand, quoting from a text by Jean Racine. Then from the dark depths of the Cathedral a soprano softly sang as an introduction to the instrumental ensemble, "Le Tendre Amour". Songs about Fear, Virtue , Hope, and Joy - the four parts of the evening – were by composers such as Jean-Baptiste Lully and François Couperin. Luanda Siqueira -a beautiful, crystal clear, flexible soprano and was accompanied by excellent musicians on period instruments with sensitivity and style, and was a fascinating interplay between the soprano and the instruments. Chris Pichler skillfully recited texts by Pierre Corneille and Jean Baptiste Rousseau from the pulpit and throughout the church. A standing ovation finished the evening! Kleine Zeitung.

 


 

"Closing the 10th Samobor music festival this year was a performance by early music ensemble Le Tendre Amour from Barcelona with the program “All in a Garden Green,” which caused great audience approval in the Samobor Franciscan church on 10th October.Various combinations of instrumentation, a creative selection of repertoire, refined performance, and passionately dedicated members of this specialized ensemble, opened a rich array of emotional and spiritual nuances of beautiful music to the listener. The ensemble was as rich and inexhaustible as the interesting artistic periods themselves." www.radiosamobor.hr

 


 

"An exceptional achievement of ensemble and singers, one noticed the joy in this production in every moment. They also knew how to play with excellent irony. An all-around successful performance that one will often gladly remember. Beautiful moments that linger and all-in-all a triumphant and successful new interpretation [of Le Devin du Village]". Freikarte.at.

 


 

"What an enchanting promenade through a musical garden – full of colour – a splendid sound - lively and high-spirited dances – not to mention the tender rendition of gentle love songs. Also truly splendid were the seven soloists of the ensemble, especially heard were: Sébastien Perrin (traverse), Adriana Alcaide (violin), and Nina Akerblom-Nielsen (soprano). The result: an enchanting excursion to a baroque garden – glorious!" Niederösterreichisches Nachrichten.

 


 

"There is no doubt that all the instrumentalists are specialists in their fields and the qualityof the performance was optimal: perfect tuning that produced sympathetic vibrations, resulting in an overall sonority that exceptionally seductive. Closing ones eyes one could imagine exactly how this music was heard three centuries ago". Mundoclásico, Madrid.

 


 

"JURICA MURAI PRIZE FOR THE ENSEMBLE LE TENDRE AMOUR. The jury comprising Zdenka Weber, Ph.D. as chairwoman and Ella Murai, Višnja Požgaj, Dada Ruža and Vladimir Ščedrov as members, at the meeting on September 28, 2008, reached the decision by the majority vote to award the Jurica Murai Prize for the best interpretation at the 38th Varaždin Baroque Evenings to the ensemble Le Tendre Amour". Varazdin, Croatia.

 


 

"The contrasts in ambience were very sensitively made by soprano Estefanía Perdomo and narrator Adrián Schvarzstein, an inspired actor who used the chant style from the synagogues to interpret texts selected from the Old Testament. The members of the ensemble set the standard for stylistic interpretation, with an excellent technical preparation and instrumental inspiration that supported the vocal parts, all of which contributed to the success of this concert. The musicians were: Adriana Alcaide (violin), Kathryn Elkin (oboe), Sébastien Perrin (traverso), María Sánchez (cello) and Esteban Mazer (harpsichord)." János Malina, director International Opera Foundation, Eszterháza, Budapest.

 


 

“The quintet was impressive with its superb music making and the soprano María Hinojosa contributed strongly to the success of the evening.“ Dreh Punkt Kultur, Salzburg, Austria.

 


 

"…the cellist [María Sánchez] and flautist [Sébastien Perrin] performed with exemplary technique and expression.” LaVanguardia, Barcelona, Spain.

 


 

“The soprano, María Hinojosa, has a superb voice and knows just how to communicate with the public…the instrumentalists around her were as adept as they were expressive (delicate flute work by Sébastien Perrin) and deserve to be heard again…” La Croix, Sablé-sur-Sarthe, France.

 


 

“…the talented musicians of the ensemble Le Tendre Amour form a very solid quintet around a soprano of surprising vocal virtuosity and warmth…" Le Maine Libre, Sablé-sur-Sarthe, France.

 


 

“The main feature of this ensemble was based on the warmth and individual freedom, united in thought and execution, culminating in a precise interpretation of radiant musical vitality…” Diario de Cádiz, Spain.