Violinist Janine Jansen revels in Ravel, Debussy & Messiaen, in free stream of Salle Pleyel recital
Dutch violinist Janine Jansen, no stranger to Toronto, and piano accompanist Itamar Golan presented an recital at Salle Pleyel in Paris on Thursday night. It's a largely French programme that offers something for everyone: Sonatas by Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel (the jazzy second one) and Franz Schubert (the "Grand Duo") as well as Olivier Messiaen's Theme and Variations and a clutch of encore bonbons. (The photo is from a recital at Wigmore Hall.)
The Schubert doesn't really fit the rest of the prorgamme. Jansen isn't the warmest of interpreters, but she plays with incredible assurance and Golan is a wonderful accompanist.
The sound was fine but the video went all wonky on me for the encores, which included the Paris premiere of a Ravel-inspried work -- Retour à Montfort-L'Amaury (the historic town in the outer suburbs of Paris where Ravel's house, Le Belvedère, is located) -- that Swiss composer Richard Dubugnon wrote for Jansen and Golan.
The recital was part of the free live streaming series on www.medici.tv. They now have more than 600 concerts and operas available for streaming on their (very reasonably priced) subscription service.