Arabella Steinbacher: Violino LatinoNow in their fourteenth year, the ECHO Classical Music Awards are among the most famous prizes in the world of music and this year are presented by the Deutsche Phono-Akademie – the cultural institute of the German phonographic industry – within the framework of a gala concert to be held at the Munich Philharmonie on the Gasteig on 21 October and broadcast on television. Other recipients of this same award in recent years have been Hilary Hahn and Sarah Chang. Arabella Steinbacher’s earlier recordings of violin concertos by Darius Milhaud and Dmitri Shostakovich have already received the German Record Critics’ Prize. Her new award confirms the positive impression that she has made on the experts – and not only on them. Among the criteria used when awarding the ECHO Classical Music Prize for outstanding performances on the sound-carrier market is not only artistic achievement but also the artist’s “contribution to the popularization of classical music”.
Foto: Robert VanoThis is all the more remarkable in that Arabella Steinbacher’s recording Violino Latino, which she made with the pianist Peter von Wienhardt, offers listeners a memorably tuneful programme that is no less demanding for that. These are spirited and subtle performances of classical chamber music and highly virtuosic works for the violin by Manuel de Falla, Alberto Ginastera, Astor Piazzolla and others. The result is an atmospheric and varied programme and, as such, an ideal vehicle to get to know Arabella Steinbacher and appreciate her inquisitiveness as a musician, a quality that allows her to assimilate new styles very quickly. Finally, listeners have a chance to become better acquainted with her clear and “overwhelmingly beautiful tone”, which has been repeatedly praised since she first appeared on international concert platforms in 2004. Listeners wanting to follow the career of this exceptional artist have an exciting and worthwhile experience in store.
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