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September 2021: Hannes Minnaar Goldberg Variations CD release

CD release, 24th September 2021. Another pandemic journey that Hannes Minnaar embarked upon with determination to bring this music to deserving audiences. Having lived for many years with the Goldbergs in his repertoire Hannes performed the Goldberg Variations across the Netherlands in Summer 2020 to intimate (yet safely distanced) audiences in some of Holland's most magnificent churches. The 10-city tour...


Hannes Minnaar steps in with all-Schubert programme for Concertgebouw's Sunday Series

In this topsy turvy world that we are in Hannes Minnaar steps in at short notice for an indisposed Martin James Bartlett (sadly unable to reach Amsterdam due to travel restrictions). A familiar artist at the Concertgebouw Hannes will perform on the well known Sunday morning series and his all-Schubert programme will be broadcast live on Dutch radio. Click...


Hannes Minnaar performs World Premiere on Live Stream

Hannes Minnaar will perform the world premiere of Robert Zuidam's "Nox", on a live stream for Amsterdam's Muziekgebouw on Sunday 14th March 2021. Full details can be seen here. The Zuidam work, whose name lends itself to the title of Hannes's brilliantly reviewed CD "Nox" (released Autumn 2020) was to have been featured in a tour of recitals in Holland and...


Quartet's festival directorship postponed whilst new disc receives high praise.

In a year that has turned artist's calendars upside down, the Armida Quartet festival directorship of the Mecklenberg Vorpommern festival in Rügen is postponed to October 2021 with miraculously little change to the ten day festival programme.  See the full programme here. Schedule disappointments are outweighed by replacement dates, and great reviews!  In the new year the 3rd disc of the Armida's complete...


Dutch press rank Hannes Minnaar's "Nox" CD highly.

The Dutch press has consistantly put Hannes Minnaar's "Nox" in its top 2020 selections; NRC.nl put Ravel's Ondine at No. 9 in a 100 favourite 'songs' playlist (mixed genres); De Volkskrant placed Nox at No. 11 in the best 40 albums of the year; Trouw put Nox as its No. 1 'best classical piano album', and Het Parool...


November 2020: Armida Quartet release next disc Mozart

"Mozart interpretation and quartet playing at its finest hour" . The new CD of the Armida Quartet is out! The quartet’s latest CD release (CAvi Music) marks the half way point of the recording cycle of the complete Mozart string quartets, which will be released in a box set in 2021. The project is based...


Maria and Nathalia Milstein bring romantic french repertoire to Venice

Venice's Palazzetto Bru Zane which focuses its musical commitment on the (re)discovery of the french repertoire featured an Autumn festival of Camille Saint-Saëns.  Maria and Nathalia Milstein performed a french programme which also drew works from their two CD releases of works of Saint-Saëns and Ravel. Watch the performance here. (Performance begins at 14:30').


Hannes Minnaar releases fourth solo disc, Nox

For his first solo album in four years, Hannes Minnaar returns with the CD “Nox”.  Derived from the Latin word for “night” the disc’s compositions by Ravel, Schumann and Robert Zuidam are less the beautiful evocations of the night and more a reference to the magic and mystery of it. Zuidam...