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Composer: Darbellay, Jean-Luc (b. 1946)

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Year of birth1946
NationalitySwitzerland
Period20th century
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In praise of the here and now in Zurich

Hanna-Elisabeth Müller © Chris Gonz
Hanna-Elisabeth Müller gives a stellar performance of "Das himmlische Leben" to crown Philharmonia Zürich's Mahler 4. 
***11
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Austrian good cheer and French delicacy in the Swiss Alps

©  Miguel Bueno
Young violinists come in different shapes and styles, and this closing concert of the series of afternoon concerts by young performers in Gstaad Chapel was very different from yesterday’s. Where Albrecht Menzel was all about flamboyant virtuosity, this performance by 22-year old German Lukas Stepp was a far more thoughtful affair.
***11
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A young violinist's chance to shine in Gstaad

©  Miguel Bueno

If this concert did what it said on the tin, the tin said something like “Young performers give energy, virtuosity and musicality beyond their years. Warning: may contain imperfections.”

This year’s Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad is themed “The magic of the violin.” As well as the main concerts in Saanen and Rougemont churches, it contains a series of eight concerts in the small chapel in Gstaad itself, each pairing a very young violinist with a somewhat more experienced accompanist.

***11
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