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October 28, 2020 - France Musique - Connected Music - Suzanne Gervais
La Nouvelle Athènes
may pamper old pianos, but it has just launched its video streaming platform. The first appointments are all dedicated to Beethoven's piano music.
Also, and this is more than uncertain in view of the health context, a festival, a real one, organized by the Centre des Pianos Romantiques, is to take place in Paris, Salle Colonne, on November 8 and 9.
In any case, several events are already online: master classes, playlists, musicological videos, for the general public, to discover or deepen their knowledge of the Romantic musical game and plunge into the fascinating history of pianos from the early nineteenth century, a teeming period in all directions, a troubled period, intense if ever there was one.

This is a paid streaming offer, but it is a small investment that will perhaps appeal to the most passionate music lovers and pianists who wish to specialize in this repertoire and rub shoulders with historically informed playing.

Listen to the broadcast:

June 2020 - Musikzen  

"We thus go from an elegant sentimental Nocturne by Czerny to an arrangement by Liszt of Schubert's famous Lied Auf dem Wasser to Funeral, the seventh piece in Liszt's Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, a no less famous march conceived as a symphonic poem, brilliantly interpreted by Olga Pashchenko. If the Chopin of the two Waltzes op. 69, of the Fantasia-Impromptu op. 66 and of the Prelude op. 28 No. 8 is familiar to us, on the other hand Edoardo Torbianelli brings back to life this rare favorite Theme of La Norma de Bellini by the Franco-German Kalkbrenner (1785-1849) - the darling of the salons which impressed the young Chopin. "Franck Mallet

May 2020 - 4 Diapasons  

A critic emphasizing "the elegance and atmosphere of romantic salons favourable to experimentation : Olga Pashchenko pushes "the old Erard 1838 in its entrenchment in the Funeral of Liszt", Edoardo Torbianelli indulges in "original but convincing dynamic contrasts in Chopin's Fantaisie-Impromptu", Laura Granero "highlights some fleeting counterpoints", the Lélio ensemble (Benjamin d'Anfray, Lucie Arnal, Roberta Cristini, Jeanne Mendoche) present "a dialogue as tasty as unexpected from the soprano and the clarinet" from the air of Freischutz. .. "Jérôme Bastianelli

Tuesday, January 28, 2020, Le Figaro, Christian Merlin 
"Concerts off the beaten track" With imagination and creativity, private producers come up with incredible projects.

"... Here is La Nouvelle Athènes, founded by Sylvie Brély, a former record company director who is passionate about period pianos: the inauguration weekend of the fascinating 1806 Erard square piano acquired by her association, from February 7 to 9 (Salle Cortot and Reid Hall), will be the prelude to a series of concerts that will enrich our knowledge of the romantic keyboard.

Friday, December 20, 2019, Toute La Culture, Gilles Charlassier

"More than ever, La Nouvelle Athènes is asserting itself as a crucible of rediscovery and sharing. »

Wednesday, December 18, 2019, Toute La Culture, Gilles Charlassier

"Jewel of the Ecole Normale de Musique, founded by one of the greatest French pianists and pedagogues of the first half of the twentieth century, who also bequeathed his name, the Salle Cortot and its intimate acoustics, appreciated as one of the best for the chamber repertoire, welcomes on the eve of the end of the year festivities a series of three concerts of the New Athens - Romantic Piano Center, an association initiated by Sylvie Brély which revives, on period instruments, the first decades of the piano, and the richness of technical experimentation forgotten by the standards that today's great halls generally impose. If this work in search of authenticity has become part of the musical mores for the baroque repertoire, it is still quite reserved for museography and recording for the romantic piano. It is one of the challenges of this melting pot of artists, musicologists, luthiers and restorers, to give body, in the concert, to these colors and expressivities in tune with what the composers themselves have heard and imagined - the first disc born by La Nouvelle Athènes, just released, edited by Son an ero and which resuscitates an evening of a Parisian romantic salon on an Erard from 1838, was moreover engraved in public at the Petit Palais last June. »

Monday, September 23, 2019, Classicagenda, Julien Bordas

On Monday, September 23rd, a discreet courtyard in the 20th arrondissement is bustling with activity around the piano. More exactly the romantic piano. The association "La Nouvelle Athènes - Centre des pianos romantiques" has settled in the premises of the Arcal (National Company of Lyric and Musical Theater) for a few hours to evoke the pianofortes XVIIIth. The participants are well-known keyboardists: we meet Martin Gester, Aurélien Delage, Aline Zylberajch, Philippe Grisvard, and Jean-Luc Ho. Factors and musicians complete the audience.
Objective of the association ? To allow a re-reading of the Romantic repertoire on period pianos, to promote access to pianists to instruments dating from 1750 to 1850, and to share knowledge on the subject with the public and among its members. Its members are harpsichordists, pianists, collectors, restorers, musicologists, and music lovers.
…. Like an organ, the possibilities of the pianoforte's timbres seem infinite! The next meetings of La Nouvelle Athènes promise to be captivating.

Diapason February 2019, Antique Pianos File, Alain Lompech

Is Her Majesty Steinway on the verge of being dethroned? More and more musicians, collectors and concert organizers are interested in the pianos of the Romantic period and their unique sounds. Three days of festival, in Paris, testify these days to this quest for the origins.
In the summer of 2018, the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, the most prestigious of all, was for the first time combined with a competition on old pianos, which will continue to be held in the future. One could not have imagined a more brilliant way to defend the cause of this return to our roots, as witnessed by the meetings organized by the Royaumont Foundation in its grounds in the Val d'Oise, as well as in more Parisian venues.

Festival La Nouvelle Athènes. Paris, Salle Cortot, February 2 and 3, Maison Heinrich Heine, February 4.


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