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Jac van Steen - Discography

This disc’s title comes from a Kandinsky quote: “the deeper the blue becomes, the more strongly it calls one towards the infinite.”

There's plenty of colour here, musical and interpretative, though violinist Janet Sung’s collection works best as an examination of links between teachers and pupils.

Vaughan Williams’s rather lovely Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra would presumably be programmed more if it lasted an extra 10 minutes.

“The instrumental fabric is equally strong, with beautiful playing from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, on the top of its top form, conducted by Jac van Steen.

More wonders rise up in Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder, intimately scaled, fresh and touching.

Glorious voices, vibrant accompaniments, well-planned repertoire — both these releases deliver in spades. “

Geoff Brown - The Times

Friday January 31 2020

icma 2019 nomination

For the 2019 awards the Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) has nominated 319 audio and video productions (321 in 2017, 357 in 2018) from 107 labels (119 in 2017, 120 in 2018).


To become a nomination, a production needs to be proposed by at least two jury members. With 13 nominations, ICMA’s Label of the Year 2018, Alpha, shares the first place with Deutsche Grammophon. They are followed by Accentus (12), Harmonia Mundi (12), and Audite (11).


The finalists will be known by December 10, and the ICMA winners will be published on 17 January 2019. The Award Ceremony and Gala concert will take place at the KKL in Lucerne, Switzerland, on 10 May 2019, with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lawrence Foster.

This CD box set, released seventy years after World War II ended, contains music composed by those who were persecuted during that same war; any performance of these works was strictly forbidden at the time. Nineteen Dutch composers were deported to concentration camps of which only six survived the atrocities. Others went into hiding or they survived using fake identities. Almost all saw their musical career end inopportunely.


De 10-CD box ‘Forbidden Music in World War II’ is uitgegeven in 2015, zeventig jaar na de Tweede Wereldoorlog. Deze bijzondere collectie bevat muziek van negentien Joodse componisten die tijdens de oorlog werden vervolgd en wiens muziek verboden was. Een prachtige verzameling werken van een verloren generatie. Music Frames


Hier kunt u 1 of meer fragmenten van alle tracks van de cd's beluisteren

2 CDs    Mozart: Piano Concertos for One, Two and Three Pianos


Valerie Tryon (piano), Mishka Rushdie Momen (pianos), Peter Donohoe (pianos)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Jac van Steen & Boris Brott


Mozart's progress from child prodigy to mature brilliance, from innocent insight to inspired innovation, is measured out in his piano music. Somm's survey of six works for one, two and three pianos brilliantly charts both his phenomenal development and his far-reaching transformation of the concerto form. Two of today's finest, most accomplished and admired pianists – Valerie Tryon and Peter Donohoe – bring unrivalled experience to bear in impeccable, incisive and illuminating accounts of the solo and duo works. The young, fast-rising Mishka Rushdie Momen joins them for the discretely dazzling Piano Concerto No.7 (K242) for three pianos.

jac van steen Clelia Iruzun

Piano Concertos by Isaac Albeniz & Francisco Mignone


Clélia Iruzun (piano)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Jac van Steen


Albéniz: Piano Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 78 "Concierto fantastico"

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Jac van Steen

Clélia Iruzun (piano)

Recorded: 21-22 November 2016

Recording Venue: Blackheath Concert Hall, London, England, U.K.