Lidy Blijdorp Cello

April 2020

Dutch cellist Lidy Blijdorp has long been in love with the music of Ravel, the magical sound world, the colours and imagery he conjures. Ravel wrote very little for the cello, so Blijdorp made her own arrangements for cello and piano of Lever du jour(Sunrise) from Daphnes & Chloéand two movements from Rapsodie Espagnole. Award winning pianist Julien Brocal is her partner in these skilful arrangements. The delightful sonata for cello & violin and Kodaly’s great solo cello sonata round off a programme that spans music from France, French music with Spanish dance as its inspiration, and then ending the journey in Hungary with the folk infused masterwork that is Kodaly’s op.8.

Rosanne Philippens is an extraordinary communicator, with an innate musicality and an infectiously joyful yet sincere approach to music-making. She is in high demand across the Netherlands where she performs regularly in the major halls and series both as soloist and chamber musician. She is also a keen play/director and recently made her debut with the Orchestre National de Lyon leading the orchestra in a hugely successful performance of The Seasons by Vivaldi and Piazzolla in Lyon’s Auditorium receiving the highest praise from players and management. Philippens’s playing is refined, exuberant and profound, and was described by the Dutch daily paper De Telegraaf as “energetic, sensitive and flawless.”

Recent highlights include performances with the Rotterdam Philharmonic at De Doelen, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic in the prestigious Zaterdag Matinee series and the Residentie Orkest both in The Hague and at the Concertgebouw Hall, Amsterdam. Elsewhere Philippens has played with the Barcelona Symphony, Ulster Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony and with orchestras across Germany, Finland and Switzerland, with conductors including Nézet-Séguin, Foster, Tausk, de Vriend, Hermus and Collon.

In recital and chamber music, Philippens plays regularly with artists such as István Vardai, Vilde Frang, Julien Quentin, Vikingúr Olafsson, Amihai Grosz, Camille Thomas and Zoltán Fejérvári in festivals and halls across Europe. A strong believer in breaking down barriers in classical music, she runs her own concert series ‘The Amsterdam Salon Pop-Up’, presenting high-quality concerts in carefully sought-out and unusual locations in an intimate salon atmosphere.

Philippens records exclusively for Channel Classics and all her recordings have received glowing praise. Her latest CD ‘Insight’ represents the culmination of a very special and personal journey for Philippens; the choice of works by Bach, Enescu and Biber and the order in which they were recorded was inspired directly by the feedback gathered from audience members during a solo European tour. The Strad has described the CD as being “both softly spoken and intensely powerful” and Philippens as a “dazzling performer”. Earlier albums include ‘Dedications’, featuring works by Kreisler, Fauré and Ysaye, and a recording of Prokofiev’s 2nd Concerto, described by BBC Magazine as “a triumph”.

Philippens was taught from an early age by Anneke Schilt at the Amstelveen music school. She continued her studies at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and the Hanns Eisler Academy in Berlin with Coosje Wijzenbeek, Vera Beths, Anner Bylsma and Ulf Wallin, receiving the highest distinction from both institutes. Philippens won first prize at the Dutch National Violin Competition in 2009 and the Freiburg International Violin Competition in 2014.

Philippens plays on the 1727 “Barrere” Stradivarius, thanks to the generous support of the Elise Mathilde Foundation.

  1. Ravel: Suite for cello and piano: Lever du jour (from Daphnis et Chloé)
  2. Ravel: Suite for cello and piano: Habanera (from Rapsodie espagnole)
  3. Ravel: Suite for cello and piano: Malagueña (from Rapsodie espagnole)
  4. Ravel: Sonata for violin and cello: I. Allegro
  5. Ravel: Sonata for violin and cello: II. Très vif
  6. Ravel: Sonata for violin and cello: III. Lent
  7. Ravel: Sonata for violin and cello: IV. Lent
  8. Zoltán Kodály: Sonata for solo cello in B minor Op.8: I. Allegro maestoso ma appassionato
  9. Kodály: Sonata for solo cello in B minor Op.8: II. Adagio con grand espressione
  10. Kodály: Sonata for solo cello in B minor Op.8: III. Allegro molto vivace

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