Celine Frisch & Pablo Valetti
"The imaginary music book of J.S. Bach" is inspired by the notebooks in which musicians wrote down the pieces they particularly liked, like our current playlists.
It is now available, we hope you enjoy it!
An album full of suave delights – and the recording is top notch.
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Created in 1999, Café Zimmermann is at the forefront of the baroque concert in France and in Europe. Led by violinist Pablo Valetti and harpsichordist Céline Frisch, the ensemble brings together soloists who strive to revive the artistic emulation brought about by the establishment of Gottfried Zimmermann in Leipzig in the 18th century. Café Zimmermann performs in some of the most renowned concert halls and international festivals and his many collaborations are always under the sign of excellence.
The discographic recordings of Café Zimmermann arouse a real enthusiasm, in particular by the removed and contrasting interpretations of the concert music of J.S. Bach, rewarded by 5 golden tuning forks.
Harpsichord & Artistic Direction
Born in Marseille, Céline Frisch studied harpsichord at the Conservatoire d'Aix-en-Provence, which opened the doors to the prestigious Schola Cantorum in Basel. She was awarded the Juventus Prize in 1996, was the first harpsichordist selected for the Victoires de la Musique Classique in 2002, and was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 2009.
Her interpretations of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach have earned her the warmest of reviews from the international music press. In addition to Bach, her affinities have led her to play French music from the time of Louis XIV, the works of the English virginalists and German music of the 17th century. She also enjoys exploring 20th century music and contemporary creation.
In 2016, her recording of the first book of J.S. Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier" was unanimously acclaimed by the critics and awarded a Diapason d'Or, the Choc de Classica and the ffff de Télérama. His latest disc, released in 2019, featuring the second book of the Well-Tempered Clavier, has also been awarded a Diapason d'Or and the Choc de Classica.
Since 2021 she has been teaching at the prestigious Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien.
Violin and Artistic Direction
Trained at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Pablo Valetti has regularly performed as soloist or first violin with the main baroque ensembles and orchestras of international scenes - Les Arts Florissants, Le Concert des Nations, Concerto Köln, Hesperion XXI, etc.
Beyond his activities as a soloist, he was regularly invited to conduct the Orquesta Barroca in Seville and also devoted himself to teaching at the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya in Barcelona and the Conservatory of Nice .
Since the creation of Café Zimmermann in 1999, he has devoted himself entirely to the artistic project and to the development of the whole.
He plays a violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini from 1758.
Who has heard the sensational Café Zimmermann in this
music, the brilliant and fiery spirit of their game, the profusion
of their colors, the evidence with which virtuosos put themselves
together to form a set that plays homogeneously,
will want to hear more from this composer (CPE Bach).
Must we also say the liveliness, eloquence, responsiveness, perfectionism
that Frisch, Valetti and their band put on concertos, Suites,
Brandenburg? Should we remember that no French ensemble had
taken such a place in Bach's discography?
Stunning, insolent, virtuoso but also rich in
colors and shades. Soloist and orchestra are exhilarating
from start to finish. Who says better?
Café Zimmermann plays with incredible freshness and insolence (…). Their music comes straight to us, uninhibited. They swing!
Baroque 'beef' atmosphere, with super-fast tempos, crisp articulations and sharp colors.
THE WILL TO DEVELOP ACTIONS FOR ALL AUDIENCES
TRANSMIT, EDUCATE, SHARE
Café Zimmermann promotes 18th century music to a wider public through inventive awareness-raising activities. Transmission is at the heart of the musicians' approach, some of whom teach in European conservatories.
A project of cultural and pedagogical actions is developed, notably in the SUD region, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.
Workshops for school audiences are organized in partnership with the teams of the Théâtre du Jeu de Paume and aim to make young audiences aware of Baroque aesthetics and music.
In October 2020, we became sponsors of a class in La Roque-D'Anthéron participating in the Orchestre à l'école project. This project takes place over three years and allows children to discover music in all its aspects, from individual learning to collective harmony.
For many years now, the musicians have been working in retirement homes, care centers, and hospitals, creating musical interludes with patients, caregivers, and administrators in order to provide these people with a little escape from their difficult daily lives. Within the framework of our recent residency at the Jeu de Paume, we continue and deepen our actions with new audiences at La Madone, Les Hespérides and the Centre Ressources.
Amateurs are passionate about baroque music, you can support the projects of the Café Zimmermann Ensemble by making a donation to the association Lights.
By becoming a patron, you support the action of an important player in European musical life. You show your attachment to the dissemination of live music and in particular to the Baroque repertoire while allowing the development of many projects to raise awareness of 18th century music.
You benefit, according to the tax provisions in force, from a tax reduction of 66% of the amount of your donation ... (A donation of 100 € actually costs you 34 €)
SUPPORT OUR ACTIONS!
Café Zimmermann has been in residence at the Grand Théâtre de Provence since 2011, thanks to the Alpha label, partner of all its discographic projects.
Café Zimmermann is a member of the Federation of Independent Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles - FEVIS and of the professional union of Producers, Festivals, Independent Music Diffusers - PROFEDIM.
The whole Café Zimmermann benefits from the support of the Ministry of Culture - Regional Direction of Cultural Affairs of Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur, the Metropolis Marseille Provence - Pays d'Aix and the Provence-Alpes-Côte- Azure.
The ensemble is regularly helped by ADAMI, SPEDIDAM and the French Institute for its concert activities in France and abroad and for recording.
ADMINISTRATION & PRODUCTION
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