New Reviews of Schumann CD: "Heavenly!"
"Yarden proves once again being amongst the best pianists around...she ably creates an ambiance of dreamy resignation leading into troubled dismay; a masterly portrayal of opposing elements... engaging soul searching tour..
A deeply moving account, landing her audience in the more peaceful waters of the final movement: a love song, lovingly played." by Adrian Quanjer, HRAudio
"Heavenly!... The expression in her piano playing shows her empathy in Schumann's life and mentality. Her technique and acclaimed piano playing, sometimes powerful and articulate, sometimes soft and intimate poetic, are here (again) wonderfully expressed. For the occasion, discover her recording of Klaviersonaten by Joseph Haydn and her original CD "Oscillations" with music by Beethoven and Stravinsky. Very very beautiful. Highly recommended." by Michel Dutrieue, Stretto Magazine, Belgium
First Review of new Schumann CD - De Volkskrant
“[Einav Yarden’s] new Schumann cd is a gem. Yarden not only paints Schumann’s free spirit very accurately, but also handles the delusions from his later life extremely well. The nine Romantic miniatures of the Waldszenen are played with a lot of character, and the Drei Fantasiestücke opus 111 rise from the piano with passion, coming forth from a strong foundation.”
Guido van Oorschot, de Volkskrant (Netherlands)
NEW SOLO CD has just been released on Challenge Classics!
ROBERT SCHUMANN - Scenes and Fantasies, new solo CD for Einav Yarden on Challenge Classics (Challenge Records International). The new recording presents Schumann's Drei Klavierstücke Op. 111 (Three Fantasy Pieces), Fantasie in C major, op. 17 and Waldszenen op. 82 (Forest Scenes).
Available via streaming websites (Spotify, iTunes, Amazon etc.), physical copies available on many online shops as well as right here on this website
Click here for more information
Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 5,
Performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 5 op. 73, "Emperor" with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Greilsammer, on Saturday, Dec. 23 2017 at Henry Crown Concert Hall, Jerusalem; and on 10.1.2018, Haydn's playful Piano Concerto in D major, conducted by Maestro Frédéric Chaslin, the Music Director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.
Recording days for new Schumann CD are completed!
Recently completed the intense recording days in the very special and distinguished hall of the historic Reitstadel Neumarkt, recording a new CD of solo piano works by the ultimate romantican, Robert Schumann.
American Record Guide reviews Haydn CD
"It is Yarden who strikes the right balance...Her performances are lively, intelligent, and have just the right degree of expressivity...This is my favorite among the three [Haydn] recordings"
Bruno Repp, American Record Guide
Concerts at the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival
Upcoming: chamber music celebration at the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, many concerts of hugely varied repertoire with great artists as Yefim Bronfman, Daishin Kashimoto and............. Martha Argerich!
For all the info: http://jcmf.org.il/
New review from recital at Oakmont Concert Series, Santa Rosa, California
New review of solo recital at Oakmont, Santa Rosa, by Terry McNeill:
"The pianist underscored the stylistic diversity and innovation of the opening moderato [Haydn sonata no. 44] and paid careful attention to harmonic nuances, of which there are many in this work [...].
Four of Beethoven’s early and seldom-played Op. 33 Bagatelles opened the recital, and each was a gem. Mr. Yarden’s tempos were ideal, as was careful half-pedaling and in No. 2 spotlighting Beethoven’s sly humor. In the will-of-the-wisp No. 7 she played scales and quick repeated notes impeccably."
"Oscillations" CD receives a fantastic review, and Haydn CD chosen by critic Christoph Vratz as one of his Top 5 CD's for 2016
In Fono Forum Magazine's last edition, critique Christoph Vratz selects Haydn CD as one of his "Best 5 CD's for 2016" in the magazine's January 'Kritiker-Umfrage'
"Oscillations" CD is selected as CD-of-the-Day and receives a praising review by Jean-Charles Hoffelé:
Two New Praising Reviews, on Audiophile Audition and French Magazine ARTAMAG'
From the review published on Audiophile Audition:
"A dazzling tour of lesser known, middle-period sonatas...outstanding disc...Ms. Yarden navigates between the fluid improvisatory passages and the famous “witty discourse” of the many clever subjects and their modulations. The latter is communicated most ably with the keenest attention to rhythmic finesse and ornamentation... the playing is stupendous"
by Fritz Balwit
And new review on Artalinna French magazine, by esteemed Paris critic Jean-Charles Hoffelé who ends his review with the sentence "this impeccable album is one of the most beautiful Haydn records I have ever heard. Run there"
New management for Benelux countries
Einav Yarden has joined the roster of New Arts Agency for the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg
Fantastic new review on UK's Gramophone Magazine!
October 2016, article by Harriet Smith
"What an enterprising programme from the Israeli pianist Einav Yarden. She eschews the obvious, choosing six of Haydn’s middle-period sonatas which offer a microcosm of his endlessly varied world and she responds to each with great characterfulness. That is evident from the first sonata here, the F major (No 29), whose first movement satirically juxtaposes the most highly contrasted ideas: Yarden allows the humour to speak for itself, whereas Marc-André Hamelin tends rather to underline the jokes. Her way with the minuet finale, with its dolorous syncopated trio, is also spot-on.
She delights in the physicality of the Allegro of the D major Sonata (No 24), with its repeated-note figuration that simultaneously looks back to Scarlatti and forwards to Beethoven; its operatic D minor slow movement has a beautiful sense of line and she switches effortlessly back to freneticism as the Presto breaks in.
Every sonata seems to spring a surprise... Yarden clearly has much to say in this repertoire and she’s beautifully recorded too."
Haydn CD Selected as CD-des-Doppelmonats on Piano News Magazine, and new praising reviews on Stereoplay Magazine and Haaretz Newspaper
Haydn CD selected as the CD of the Bi-Monthly Issue on Germany's Piano News magazine (Sept-Oct Issue). From the accompanying review (to be translated soon): "Mit Finesse und einer sensiblen Tongebung gestaltet sie die meist einfachen Motive, die Haydn mit harmonischen Wechseln und Verzierungen weiterentwickelt. Der moderne Flügel wird unter Yardens Händen zu einem Mittel, das der Pianisten die Möglichkeiten unterschiedliecher Klangfarben bietet: zwischen Hammerflügel und der Klangweite eines modernen Instruments.... Einav Yarden ist sich jeder Nuance im Zusammenhang des Geschriebenen bewusst, gestaltet geschickt, ohne zu (den heutzutage üblichen) Übertreibungen zu neigen, sondern lässt der Musik bei aller Gestaltung ihren natürlichen Fluss. Das ist großartiges Klavierspiel und Yarden beweist einmal mehr, zu welcher künstlerischen Größe sie fähig ist" --- Carsten Dürer, Piano News Magazine
Haydn CD awarded the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik!
The important German Record Critics' Award gave its prize to my Haydn Sonatas CD for this quarter: http://www.schallplattenkritik.de/bestenlisten/827-bestenliste-3-2016
For the CD cover with the prize sticker on it, go to 'downloads'
New Glorious CD Review on Fono Forum Magazine
From the review by Christoph Vratz on Fono Forum Magazine: "Einav Yarden displays an inventively intelligent Haydn, full of wit and abundance, with a delicate, varying touch... her playing is finely-spirited and artful [...]. Yarden’s style lies in the vicinity of Yevgeny Sudbin, and furthermore within the radius of Brendel and Schiff. She knows how to storm through this music with chic, as in the Presto-Finale of the A-major sonata no. 41, wherein with tiny modulations of tempo she attains great effect, and through the runs her fingers virtually bubble intoxicatingly, before heading to the short, rich concluding chords [...]. Yarden plays a wonderfully exuberant, vibrant Haydn, glowing, transparent, adventurous, at times intimately chamber-music-like, at times grand and orchestral. A voice for Haydn!" -- Christoph Vratz
(Full review under 'Press')
New Haydn CD released! And, selected as 'CD of the Week' on national Netherlands classical radio
My new CD, Haydn - Six Piano Sonatas, has been released!
And it has just been selected as 'CD of the Week' on Netherland's Radio 4, the national classical music station http://www.radio4.nl/plaatpaal/553/cd-van-de-week-einav-yarden-haydn-six-piano-sonatas
Appointed adjunct faculty at the Freiburg Hochschule!
Commencing in the spring semester of 2016, Einav Yarden is a newly appointed adjunct faculty for chamber music at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, one of Germany's highly respected academic music institutations.
Recital Tour in Los Angeles
Recitals on LACMA's Sunday's Live Series, L'Ermitage Foundation Concert Series, Classical Encounters Foundation and Rolling Hills United Methodist Church
New CD on Challenge Classics Coming Up!
Six wonderful Haydn Sonata-gems were recorded in the Netherlands in December, and the release is scheduled for May 6, 2016. http://www.challengerecords.com/products/14582947042701/
CD RELEASE CONCERT ON MAY 11 in BERLIN
Beethoven Third Piano Concerto with Trier Philharmonic
Beethoven Third Piano Concerto, op. 37 in C minor, with the Philharmonisches Orchester Trier conducted by Claude Villaret, on Thursday, November 12, at 20:00 at the Trier Teater, http://teatrier.de/spielplan/2-sinfoniekonzert/
US Tour New Review
US tour concludes with a great review of collaboration with the Arianna String Quartet in Birmingham's Chamber Music Society from October 31:
"For Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 114, the quartet was joined by the Isareli pianist Einav Yarden, whose chamber music sensibilities fit the quartet’s like a glove. The thick-textured opener vacillated between power and lyricism, the Scherzo by sweeping scales. Yarden clearly led the way in defining the work’s dynamic shifts in the final Allegro, leading the quintet to a brilliant conclusion." (Michael Huebner)
New review for Paris recital published in the important French magazine, 'La Lettre du Musicien'
“…The Sonata in G major by Schubert (D.894) reaps all the benefits. The musician draws unexpected colors from the keyboards, fearlessly allows silence to breathe, and is animated by a living pulse…She has a wide repertoire of motifs, and casts different lights as she brings them to us. The changing narrative, climate and psychology are incrementally encapsulated by the modulations of the text itself, via harmony instead of by resorting to artifice.” by Frédéric Gaussin
(for the complete translation, go to 'press')
Concerts in St. Louis (USA) March 4-10
with the Arianna String Quartet performing Schumann's Piano Quintet, solo recitals at St. Martins Episcopal Church and at Jazz at the Bistro-Jazz St. Louis, and giving a masterclass to students of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
New CD Review by David Rhode - "Exceptional voice leading"
Glowing Review in the Washington Post!
Coming up: Debut recital at the Phillips Collection
Sunday, Dec. 7, at 4pm in Washington DC, USA
Chamber Concerts and solo recital in gorgeous Romaensque Churches in the Bourgogne region in France, July 28 to August 3. Information at www.musique-en-brionnais.com
Five-week residency at Ravinia Festival's Steans Institute, northern Chicago area. Great music with great artists.
Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 5
Coming up on Thursday, June 12 at 19:30 with the Neues Kammerorchester Potsdam under Ud Joffe, Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 5, "Emperor"
New Interview Published
Extensive interview published on Germany's 'Piano News' magazine, May-June Issue, with Carsten Dürer. Available in stores, or www.pianonews.de
Beethoven Choral Fantasy in the Philharmonie, Berlin
January 26, 2014 at 16:00, Beethoven's Choral Fantasy op. 80 performed with the Rundfunk Symphony Orchester Berlin and the Rundfunk Chor, and conducted by Simon Halsey. For details click HERE
Video Interview with Carsten Dürer
Video interview in the Philharmonie in Berlin, with Carsten Dürer, editor of "Piano News" magazine. Click HERE to watch.
"Oscillations" selected as CD of the Month
"Oscillations" selected as CD of the double-month issue of "Piano News" magazine (July-August issue) To read the review go to 'Downloads'.
Also under 'Downloads', read a translation of the full page CD review by the Haaretz Newspaper's Noam Ben-Zeev
a new review published on the British magazine 'International Piano' (Nov-Dec Issue), and a great new review just published on 'International Records Review' Magazine
SWR2 Radio Program by Lydia Rilling
"Uraufführungen mit Konsequenzen" (Premieres with Consequences), about the Donaueschinger Musiktage, the festival that commissioned Stravinsky's piano sonata, with excerpts from 'Oscillations'.
Broadcast on Deutschlandradio Kultur, Friday 23/8 at 22:00
Haydn Sonata Hob. XVI/24 and Bartok Bagatelles
German Radio Introduces debut CD:
CD release interview with Arnt Cobbers published in Klassik-Newsletter Berlin
10.5.2013 - The CD Oscillations is being released on Challenge Classics!
New website online!
German Premiere of 'MACH' by Eres Holz
Deutsche Erstaufführung for "MACH", written for and premiered by Einav Yarden, in Ahrensburg, greater Hamburg, recital on Sunday 27.10 at 20:00
New CD Coming Up!
Six wonderful Haydn Sonata-gems from the middle period were recorded in December and the release is scheduled for May 2016