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Monday, July 23, 2012

Jan Vogler Acquires Rare Stradivarius Cello

Jan Vogler Acquires Rare Stradivarius 

'Ex Castelbarco/Fau' Cello

Monday, July 23, 2012–  Cellist Jan Vogler has been presented with the exceptional opportunity to perform on the 1707-1710 Stradivarius 'Ex Castelbarco/Fau' cello.  On career loan through a private arrangement, Jan expressed his delight: “I feel very privileged to play on this magnificent Stradivari cello. After many wonderful years with my 1721 Montagnana, the Strad is a font of new inspiration and new sounds. To be able to choose between the two instruments according to the repertoire I am performing is beyond thrilling. This particular Stradivari cello was one of the first 'forma B' cellos made by the master between 1707 and 1710. It has a very strong and mature voice, incredible clarity, and an unlimited variety of colors.” His upcoming release for SONY of Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello will be his first on the instrument.

Developed around 1707 by Stradivarius, only about twenty ‘forma B” cellos remain.  Smaller than its predecessor the innovative ‘forma B’ became the new standard in cello-making. “They stand alone in representing exact dimensions necessary for the production of a standard of tone which combines the maximum power with the utmost refinement of quality, leaving nothing to be desired: bright, full and crisp, yet free from any suspicion of either nasal or metallic tendency.” (Antonio Stradivari, His Life & Work by William Henry and Arthur F. Hill). The 'Duport'  played by M. Rostropovich, the 'Batta' played by Gregor Piatigorsky, and the 'Davidoff' which is currently being played be Yo-Yo Ma  are examples of ‘forma b’ cellos of this exceptional period in Stradivari’s workshop.

Jan Vogler’s distinguished career has featured him with renowned conductors Valery Gergiev, Lorin Maazel, Fabio Luisi, David Robertson andManfred Honeck and internationally acclaimed orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh, Montreal and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the Stuttgart Radio Orchestra andthe Vienna Symphony. A passionate recitalist and chamber musician, he performs regularly with pianists Hélène Grimaud and Martin Stadtfeld and with violinist Mira Wang.

Following his performances this summer of Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello at MDR Musiksommer  (July 2, 22) and the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (July 26, 27), Jan’s2012-2013 season features  a return to the New York Philharmonic for performances of Bloch’s Schelomo (Hebrew Rapsody)both in New York and on tour, Brahms’s Double Concerto with violinist Mira Wang, and appearances with the Moritzburg Festival Academy Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Bavarian State Orchestra,Stuttgart Radio Orchestraand at the Leipzig Jazz Festival Jan will also be heard in recital with pianist Hélène Grimaud in Brussels and New York and with pianist Martin Stadtfeld in Bonn.



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