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Janine Jansen’s Tchaikovsky

Paul Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Pyotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35
Robert Schumann: Symphony #4 in D minor, Op. 120

Janine Jansen, violin
Orchestra dell’ Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome/Antonio Pappano
Brussels, Centre for Fine Arts, 4 March 2015

It was a packed and enthusiastic Centre for Fine Arts that greeted Sir Antonio Pappano, leading his Roman Orchestra della Santa Cecilia. Their visit guaranteed a notable Italian presence but of course music lovers in Brussels also fondly remember the glory days of the Monnaie Opera when Pappano headed it for some ten years before moving to London’s Royal Opera House in 2002. As it turned out, however, this evening it was Dutch violinist Janine Jansen who quickly became the focal point, delivering the most remarkable performance in an otherwise unremarkable concert.
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Roman Dvořák

Antonín Dvořák: Symphony #9 in E Minor, Op. 95 “From the New World”
Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Mario Brunello, cello
Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia – Roma/Antonio Pappano
EMI Classics 914102-2 DDD 2CDs 86:35

Dvorak by Pappano

Antonio Pappano plays Dvořák

Hyped as a “marriage made in heaven”, Antonio Pappano ushered his Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome out of obscurity into the international spotlight. Guided since 2005 by the busy maestro – who combines his Roman post with that of music director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden – Santa Cecilia embarked upon a series of tours, recording at the same time for EMI Classics popular symphonic works from Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Respighi and Mahler, as well as operas from Rossini and Puccini. Their most recent release bravely pairs two Antonin Dvořák’s warhorses, the 9th Symphony “From the New World” and the Cello Concerto, taped live and assembled from a handful of concerts in Rome in 2011/12.
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