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NEWS 03/02/2016 NEW BEETHOVEN RELEASE ON SACD

As of today, a new disc with Beethoven's Piano Concertos nos. 1 & 2 is available on the Challenge Classics label, as a continuation of the complete cycle with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jan Willem de Vriend. Please click on the image or have a look at the discography page for more information. The recording is also available as a high-resolution download here.

 

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NEWS 06/01/2016 RECORDING A NEW SOLO CD

At the end of this month I hope to record my next solo album, which will be completely devoted to piano works by Gabriel Fauré. The sessions will take place at Westvest90 – the same location used for my previous solo CD’s, and end with a live concert on 29 January. The release on Challenge Classics is scheduled for September this year.

 


 

NEWS 10/09/2015 TWO DEBUTES IN SEPTEMBER

Since quite a while I have been looking forward to the two orchestral debutes to make this month: with the The Hague Philharmonic (Het Residentie Orkest) and its new conductor Jan Willem de Vriend, I will perform Beethoven's First Concerto in Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Heerlen and of course The Hague from 18 to 20 September.

One week later, Jiří Bélohlávek will be conducting the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra playing Beethoven's Fourth Concerto - me being in charge for the solo part... Concerts take place in De Doelen, Rotterdam on September 24, 25 & 27. Needless to say I'm hugely looking forward!

 


 

NEWS 10/09/2015 HIGH PRAISE FOR BEETHOVEN CD

The recording with Beethoven's Fourth and Fifth Concerto that has been released in the beginning of the year, has received much acclaim in the international press during the last few months. A few reactions:

 

"...so spannungsgeladen und frisch kommt einem dieses pianistische Standard-Konzertrepertoire Beethovens selten und schon lange nicht mehr auf CD entgegen..." Bayerische Rundfunk-broadcast and blog, 24 March

 

"...la spontanéité et le naturel de Minnaar -il y a là une aisance sans superficialité qui fait irrésistiblement penser à Arthur Rubinstein- sont véritablement enchanteurs." Cresendo-magazine.be

 

"Selten klangen die beide Konzerte so "befreit", so punktgenau präzise, so ätherisch-schön und so visionär modern." Crescendo, June 2015

 

"...there’s a terrific sense of energy and interplay that is very winning." Gramophone, August 2015

 

"To say these performances are ravishing is an understatement." Fanfare, September 2015

 

You can click on the quotes to see the complete reviews.

More reactions are to be found under the Discography-link in the menu.

 

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NEWS 02/06/2015 LIVE STREAMING ON MEDICI.TV

The concert with the Van Baerle Trio in Paris tomorrow will be streamed live on Medici tv! We will be performing trios by Saint-Saëns (op. 18) and George Onslow (op. 83) in the Palazzetto Bru Zane festival, which takes places in Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord. The video stream will be available for free until three months after the concert. France Musique will also broadcast the performance at a later moment (click here for details). You can follow the live stream by clicking here.

 



NEWS 19/03/2015 PERFORMING IN THE GREAT HALL OF THE MOSCOW CONSERVATORY

Coming Saturday I will be performing in Moscow's great conservatory hall at a special concert to celebrate Bach's 330th birthday. I'm looking forward to playing Bach transcriptions on a stage so full of history! It will be my Russian debut. More information (in Russian) is to be found here.



 

NEWS 27/02/2015 FIVE STAR REVIEW ON THE NEW BEETHOVEN CD

The new CD with Beethoven's Piano Concerto's nos. 4 & 5 has got the maximum of 5 stars in Dutch newspaper Trouw today: "...the level of the young pianist is always impeccably high. For his latest project - the five Beethoven concertos - he co-operates with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and its chief conductor Jan Willem de Vriend. That this is a successful combination does hardly surprise after the internationally acclaimed recordings of Beethoven's symphonies, made by the orchestra and conductor. [...] Chapeau." Read the complete review here (in Dutch).



 

NEWS 12/02/2015 BEETHOVEN COMPLETE PIANO CONCERTOS

The first Super Audio CD in the exciting project of recording Beethoven's complete piano concertos will be released coming Sunday! The disc was recorded last year May with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jan Willem de Vriend and contains Piano Concertos nos. 4 & 5. One special feature of the project is the use of non-equal tuning (as was common in Beethoven's time) on the piano, which brings the different key characteristics alive. This effect will be heard also in the concert which preludes the release and which will be broadcast live from the Concertgebouw on NPO Radio 4.



 

NEWS 04/02/2015 UK CONCERTO DEBUT

A performance of Beethoven’s 5th Concerto is always something to look forward to, but those of the coming weekend will be extra special for me, since they will be my UK concerto debut! The concerts with the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Juanjo Mena will take place in Manchester (Bridgewater Hall) and Hanley (Victoria Hall). Please have a look at the agenda section for more information.

 


 

NEWS 17/09/2014 UPCOMING CD RELEASES

Two new CD's will appear on Challenge Records at the end of this month!

With the Van Baerle Trio, I've recorded a Mendelssohn CD including the world premiere recording of a very interesting early version of the 1st Piano Trio, which differs in many details (and actually, not only details) from the final, more well-known version.

Next to that, there will be a 4CD-set containing Beethoven's complete sonatas for piano & violin with violinist Isabelle van Keulen.

Click on the cover images for more information.

 

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NEWS 20/08/2014 RECENT APPEARANCES ON RADIO AND TELEVISION

Some of Hannes Minnaar's performances have been broadcast on Dutch national radio and television last week and are available in streaming audio/video through the links below:

 

NPO2, 19 August, 23:50 - some Bach transcription videos (registration of a recital in Schiedam, 2013)

 

Radio4, 18 August, 20:00 - Brahms Piano Quartet No. 2 (live registration of a concert in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw)

 


 

NEWS 21/06/2014 RAVE REVIEWS FOR BACH INSPIRATIONS!

The Bach Inspirations CD has received much acclaim in national and international press during the last year. BBC Music Magazine selected the disc to be ‘instrumental record of the month’ in their March issue and gave the maximum of 5 stars for both performance and recording quality. Gramophone’s reviewer Jeremy Nicholas gave it the ‘Editor’s choice’ label in January. Click on the titles below to see complete reviews.

 

4 October 2013, Trouw (NL)

13 October 2013, The Observer (UK)

8 November 213, Nederlands Dagblad (NL)

11 November 2013, De Volkskrant (NL)

January 2014, Gramophone (UK) page 1 page 2

13 February 2014, Pizzicato.lu (LUX)

27 February 2014, Parool (NL)

March 2014, BBC Music Magazine (UK)

 

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