by Cree Carrico
ClevelandClassical’s Oberlin intern Cree Carrico reached countertenor Philippe Jaroussky by phone the day before his Mixon Hall Recital at CIM in Cleveland on January 16. Jaroussky’s appearance with pianist Jerome Ducros was sponsored by Apollo’s Fire, who will bring him in for concerts next season.
Cree Carrico: I hear you’ve just come from New York where you made your Carnegie Hall debut yesterday.
Philippe Jaroussky: Yes, yesterday evening.
CC: How did it go?
PJ: Oh it was cool. I was in good form and the concert was in the small hall — that was very receptive. The hall had great sound and it was really a great concert. I am very happy and look forward to coming back. You know sometimes as a musician you have some dreams. To perform at Carnegie, you think, it’s not for you, its impossible, and when its happening it’s a big joy. You have to enjoy each moment.
CC: How exciting. Will your Mixon Hall program be the same that you performed at Carnegie Hall?
PJ: Yes, absolutely. It will be the same program, a program of French songs. It’s quite strange for me that I’m doing my first recital at Carnegie and in Cleveland with repertory I’m not known for. Finally, its my French touch you know. When I did this program, I did a CD also and there were some very strong reactions. A lot of people in France say this repertoire isn’t appropriate for a countertenor voice. I did this program a lot outside of France, in Japan, in Brazil, in Germany, in England and finally here in the USA. Maybe here its more logical, because before I’m a countertenor, I’m a French musician. It’s not so stupid for you to invite me here and sing this repertory. [Read more…]