Chicago Tribune May 15, 2014

John Von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune has recommended our May 16 – 18 concert series. In an article called “Chicago area classical music recommendations” on a page entitled “The week’s top classical music concerts”, and co-incidentally one year exactly to the day that John Von Rhein published a marvelous article about the orchestra, he recommends Camerata Chicago’s concerts, which are to be performed this weekend.

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May 16, 2014 7 pm Chicago, Fourth Presbyterian Church (Details | Tickets)
May 17, 2014 7:30 pm Northbrook, Techny Towers (Details | Tickets)
May 18, 2014 4 pm Oak Park, United Lutheran Church (Details | Tickets)

Chicago Sun Times May 8, 2014

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Dorothy Andries, a highly respected music critic and columnist, has written a great article about Camerata Chicago and its Musical Director, Drostan Hall, in the Chicago Sun Times:

For the program, Hall has selected a triad of classical gems: Haydn’s Symphony No. 48 in C “Maria Theresia;” J.S. Bach’s Orchestral Suite, and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante.

You can read the full article here.

 

Classic FM makes Wendy Warner artist of the week

cedille-records-cameratachicago-wendywarner-cdcover-250We are delighted that Classic FM in the UK has made Wendy Warner their Artist of the Week. They will be playing our Haydn / Myslivecek CD every day this week each afternoon (GMT 6 hours ahead of Chicago).

Classic FM tweeted today (March 3, 2014):

@ClassicFM: @jamie_crick here and my new artist of the week is the amazing @wendy_warner all this week today with @cameratachicago and Haydn now

 

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Camerata Chicago Recording ICMA Nomination

Our new Cedille Records CD of Haydn and Mysliveček cello concertos with Wendy Warner has been nominated for an International Classical Music Award. The CD, recorded at the end of 2012 and released in August 2013, was conducted by Drostan Hall and has received amazing reviews from top classical music reviewers. The radio station Classic FM in the UK plays the CD regularly.

Nominations are listed on Naxos’ site. Naxos says:

“The “International Classical Music Awards” were first awarded in 2011, replacing the “Cannes Classical Awards” that were previously awarded each at MIDEM. By 2014, the legendary 70 Products from the sale of NAXOS were nominated for the coveted award!

The jury consists of music critics of the magazines “Andante”, “Crescendo”, “Fono Forum”, “Gramophone”, “Kultura”, “Musica” , “Musik & Theater”, “opera”, “Pizzicato”, “Rondo Classic” and “Scherzo” from the radio stations “MDR-Figaro” (Germany), “Orpheus Radio” (Russia), “Radio 100.7” (Luxembourg), the “International Music and Media Centre” in Vienna (IMZ), the site “Resmusica.com” (France) and the Internet radio “Classic Radio” (Finland).”

You can purchase the Camerata Chicago Wendy Warner CD at the Cedille Records website or you can call (773) 989-2515.

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Tulle Festival de la Vézère Reviews

 

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Friday, June 21, 2013

TULLE: The Festival de la Vézère
has debuted with its inaugural concert

After the Torrential Downpour, the sun!

Camerata Chicago, under the direction of Drostan Hall and with cellist Wendy Warner, offered the festival audience on Wednesday a very high caliber evening.

By Dragan Pérovic

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Generosity: During the second part of the evening, Camerata Chicago performed the composition Chamber Symphony (Pilatus) by Mischa Zupko, which was specifically composed for this European tour, before concluding the evening masterfully with Beethoven’s 7th Symphony. Photo by Agnès Gaudin

Outstanding. The inaugural concert of the 2013 edition of the Festival de la Vézère took place Wednesday night at the Salle de l’Auzelou in Tulle, amidst terrible weather conditions. Under a torrential downpour, a group of concert-goers arrived at the concert drenched from head to toe. As such, they were not exactly in the best position to enjoy an evening of great music. But after the first few notes, everything was forgotten.

An Out-Of-This-World Experience

Formidable. Just like Camerata Chicago’s performance under the baton of an exuberant magician, Drostan Hall. This internationally-known ensemble has a powerful aesthetic that is supported by exemplary cohesion. The musicians go straight to what is essential; they have a touch that flies…Camerata Chicago, the first American orchestra to perform at the Festival de la Vézère, offered a taste of the evening’s festivities with their opening of the Marriage of Figaro by Mozart. The joy of this opera buffa was almost palpable, interpreted with precision and sensitivity.

Another ray of sunshine on Wednesday night was Dvorak’s Czech Suite in D Major. Then, the public was treated to a performance that was even more than extraordinary. Camerata Chicago accompanied a young instrumentalist who was disarming with her charm and simplicity, Wendy Warner. The cellist, who won the 4th Rostropovich Cello Competition in 1990, offered the audience the Haydn Cello Concerto in D Major. From the very first notes, the audience was completely spellbound. Wendy Warner’s sound is breathtaking. Playing from memory, she was one with her instrument. She IS the music! Her technique and her virtuosity border on perfection. But Wendy Warner has something more, that little hint of eternity that leaves you speechless because words cannot express it. A moment of greatness!

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Cedille Recording Reviews

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Classical.net

This is just the kind of endeavor that makes Cedille so special … the sound quality, artistic merit, and musical intelligence of this release instantly vault it to the top of its class. …

Wendy Warner … plays with an incredible amount of richness and warmth … the result is pretty magical.

She’s aided in a big way by the Camerata Chicago under Drostan Hall. They play beautifully, accurately, and without any of the thin or ugly sounds we so often hear from small ensembles today.

… there isn’t a moment on this disc where you don’t find yourself caught up in [Warner’s] artistry and musical excitement.

Entirely worth seeking out and enjoying forever; this may very well set the new standard for excellence in these pieces.

Brian Wigman See full article

 

ClassicsToday.com

Artistic Quality: 10 Sound Quality: 10 … in view of the grand heap of Haydn cello concerto recordings, Warner’s playing places this one at the very top. … Praise for the orchestra and its conductor Drostan Hall must not go without mention—they are outstanding collaborators whose appropriately styled, energetic playing and remarkably tight ensemble complement every note and expressive utterance from Warner’s Guarneri cello. Don’t miss this. David Vernier See full article

 

Baker & Taylor CD Hotlist

The [Mysliveček] C major concerto is wonderful – as is the playing of Wendy Warner and the Camerata Chicago. Rick Anderson See full article

 

My Classical Notes

Wendy Warner and Maestro Hall give us a fine Haydn interpretation throughout … always brilliant and expressive. Hank Zauderer See full article

 

MusicWeb International

There’s an elegance and sheer class which makes it good, and then there’s Wendy Warner to make it really good. … the support from the orchestra is perfectly good. Brian Reinhart See full article

 

Classical Candor

Ms. Warner and Maestro Hall keep things humming along in proper Haydn-like fashion … Ms. Warner ensures that the Second Cello Concerto is always brilliant and expressive with her passion and precision. Equally passionate and precise is the Chicago Camerata, who provide admirably sympathetic support. John Puccio See full article

 

Allmusic.com

4 Stars … Warner and conductor Drostan Hall carry it off well, with careful balances. James Manheim See full article

 

Off Topic’d

An appealing program played by a masterful virtuoso. Drostan Hall and the Camerata Chicago perform with precision and sensitivity admirably suited to Haydn. Wendy Warner … brings a fresh interpretation to some well-known works. Ralph Graves See full article

 

Positive Feedback Online

Wendy Warner … plays the most exciting and expressive Haydn I’ve ever heard. The music leaps eloquently from her cello and the crisp and clear Camerata Chicago are with her all the way. Bob Neill See full article

 

JournalMétro.com

Magnifique. Chicago cellist Wendy Warner and chamber orchestra Camerata Chicago offers a world-class, beautiful CD. … Everything is high quality on this disc: the interpretation of record. A must for lovers of chamber music, this CD is very accessible for those who are less familiar with classical music. Eric Aussant See full article

 

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This recording was made possible by a grant from the Buonacorsi Foundation.

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Litomyšl Festival Reviews

Camerata Chicago has received some wonderful comments following its concert at the Litomyšl Smetanova Festival in the Czech Republic on June 15, 2013.

The concert “can be described as one of the artistic highlights of this year’s Smetana Litomyšle Festival.” – Miroslav Zikmund

Camerata Chicago was “an extraordinary success – listeners applauded … with a standing ovation” – Jan Pikna, director of the Litomysl Smetanova.

The review entitled “Four programs and four standing ovations” written by Jan Pikna, director of the Litomysl Smetanova, reads: “The first four festival concerts were an extraordinary success – listeners applauded standing, rewarding the performers with a standing ovation for interesting encores. … Huge applause was heaped upon the American musicians of Camerata Chicago, who with rustic gusto paid tribute to our music by playing the Furianta from Antonin Dvorak’s Czech Suite.”

The review written by Miroslav Zikmund, entitled “America is the competition“, reads: “I could not wait to get the signature of the conductor,” says Miroslav Zikmund, a famous traveler who is more accustomed to giving out his autograph. “I loved everything about Camerata Chicago. America represents huge competition with the deployment of such an ensemble. I was intrigued by the orchestra long before the concert, as it rehearsed. The orchestra left nothing to chance, performing in front of an audience at Litomyšl as if it was performing in Carnegie Hall. The audience gave a long standing ovation and required an encore – Furianta from the Czech Suite by Antonín Dvorák. Although the concert was in the smaller auditorium Smetana, it can be described as one of the artistic highlights of this year’s Smetana Litomyšle Festival.”

The four concerts mentioned by Jan Pikna, director, Litomyšl Smetanova, with which Mr Zigmund compares Camerata Chicago: “America represents huge competition with the deployment of such an ensemble,” are:

June 13, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Gala Opening Concert conducted by Jiri Belohlavek

Bedrich Smetana: My Country, a cycle of symphonic poems
Vltava Vysehrad: From Czech Sarka’s Woods and Fields

June 14, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (Concert as on June 13)

June 15, Prague Brass Ensemble Temple Matinee, with Ales Barta, organ.

June 15, Camerata Chicago conducted by Drostan Hall, with Wendy Warner, cello.

Richard Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Joseph Haydn: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 2 in D major, op. 101
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92
Antonin Dvorak: Czech Suite Movement “Furianta”

See the full Litomyšl Smetanova Festival 2013 Season.

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The photos above are courtesy of František Renza Smetanova Litomyšl, o.p.s. ©2013.