“BACH” – THE NEW ALBUM FROM NEMANJA RADULOVIĆ
For the follow-up to his debut Deutsche Grammophon album Journey East, a colourful collection of classical masterpieces and Balkan folk melodies, Serbian violinist Nemanja Radulović strikes out in a new direction, exploring the roots of Western classical music and dedicated to works by Johann Sebastian Bach and his son Johann Christian.
Nemanja has recorded a unique and highly personal selection of works by Bach, collaborating with Serbian composer-conductor Aleksandar Sedlar and the ensemble Double Sens in new arrangements of such famous pieces as the “Air on the G String”, the great Chaconne and the Toccata and Fugue in D minor.
Says Nemanja: “I’ve always felt a connection with Bach and his music. I knew it was very important on a recording like this to work with someone who knows me and knows the ensemble. That person is Aleksandar Sedlar, and he’s made an arrangement of the Chaconne that forms the last movement of Bach’s Partita No. 2 for solo violin. His version is written for chamber orchestra and reveals a very different set of harmonic possibilities. When you play the original, you can hear the harmonies in your head, but Aleksandar’s arrangement offers another vision of the work, showing that Bach’s music has endless possibilities.”
RISING STAR AND “DASHING VIRTUOSO” JOINS THE YELLOW LABEL FOLLOWING PARIS TRIUMPH
Charismatic violinist Nemanja Radulović signs to Deutsche Grammophon
From left to right: Yann Ollivier, Ute Fesquet, Nemanja Radulović
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The brilliant young violinist Nemanja Radulović has signed an exclusive global recording deal with Deutsche Grammophon. Following a triumphant Paris recital, where he performed Paganini, Pugnani-Kreisler, Franck and Mozart for a sell-out crowd at the Salle Gaveau, the musician joined the Yellow Label roster of artists. Radulović has previously released an album on DG in France and, under the new agreement, his first international album will be produced by the hugely successful French composer-producer Yvan Cassar – known for his work with platinum-selling artists such as Roberto Alagna, Jean-Michel Jarre and Céline Dion.
Proclaimed the “International Revelation of the Year” in 2005 at France’s prestigious “Victoires de la Musique”, Radulović launched his international career in 2006 when he stood in for Maxim Vengerov at Paris’s Salle Pleyel, playing the Beethoven concerto to great acclaim with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Myung-Whun Chung. The next year he made his Carnegie Hall debut, receiving a “tumultuous ovation”, reported The New York Times reviewer, who noted that Radulović not only “looked the part of a dashing 19th-century Romantic virtuoso … he made every gesture count … His playing was engaging and exactingly articulated.”
Since then he has appeared with leading orchestras of Europe, Asia and North America, and most recently undertook a highly successful tour of Japan.
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Nemanja Radulović was already being described by Le Monde de la Musique in 2009 as “a musician who can set crowds on fire. He offers his heart along with his music”. Le Figaro effused about his “magical singing” on the violin, while MusicWeb International, reviewing his Tchaikovsky Concerto performance with the Royal Philharmonic in 2010, called Radulović “a thoughtful, intelligent and fiery player who never allowed his obviously spectacular technique to get in the way of the music making … A fantastic talent at the start of what, I am sure, will be a towering career.”
Ute Fesquet, Vice President Artist & Repertoire of Deutsche Grammophon, said: “The spirit and sheer vitality of Nemanja Radulović’s performances are already making him one of our fastest rising violinists. We look forward to capturing that effervescent energy for an ever-wider public.”
The artist himself remarked: “I’m so excited about collaborating with Deutsche Grammophon, a company that appreciates my ideals of musical communication. The most important thing for me is to try to make people happy with my music and to move my audience, for them to be able to feel the energy and emotions in the music I’m playing. That’s just as true in recordings as it is in live performances, and I know DG is the label that best understands and supports my passion.”
Born in Serbia in 1985, Radulović began his musical studies in 1992 and was winning national prizes in Serbia by the time he was 12. He studied with Joshua Epstein in Saarbrücken in 1998 and Dejan Mihailović in Belgrade in 1999. At the age of 14, he moved to France and studied with Patrice Fontanarosa at the Paris Conservatoire. He also took part in masterclasses given by Yehudi Menuhin and Salvatore Accardo.
Nemanja Radulović represents a boldly innovative young generation of classical artists. Not only profoundly gifted and possessing enormous stage presence, he is also constantly seeking new ways to communicate his fiery and innately musical performances to audiences.