Barbara Kortmann


Press comments on Barbara Kortmann’s “Inner Lights” CD

From Barbara Siesel, THE FLUTE VIEW, New York, March 2017
“(…)Ms. Kortman is an extraordinary player, whose fluid technique serves her musical mastery and unique, beautiful interpretations. Her performance of the Marais, Les Folies d’Espagne is full of interesting surprises that are musically insightful and sent me running to my score to think about! Each work on the album opened up new ways of thinking about the piece. Take a listen to her ideas in Bach’s Musical Offering and the two Vivaldi Concerto’s ‘Il Cardellino’ and ‘La Notte.' Every work is thought through but spontaneous in interpretation as well. Kortmann is accompanied by an expert group of strings including the excellent Hellen Weiss and Kerstin Linder-Dewan on violins and Sabine Erdmann on harpsichord. The chamber music is seamless and the pitch is perfect! (...)The recording and editing are superb with the sound of a full orchestra achieved with a small string section and perfect balance maintained throughout. I highly recommend this CD!...”

From FONO FORUM, May, 2017:
“(…) Barbara Kortmann (…) presented her baroque programme accompanied by instrumentalists well-versed in this style, but it was in the solo passages on her modern Böhm flute that she revealed a wonderful and highly sensitive musical interpretation. In occupying chamber music’s field of tension between, on the one hand, the melodiousness of solo performance and, on the other, the enormous rhythmic flexibility of accompanying instruments, she makes it fun once again to listen even to evergreen Vivaldi favourites.”

From Remy Franck, PIZZICATO, March 12, 2017
“Flowing Virtuosity. (…) Barbara Kortmann seems not merely content to shine with pure virtuosity, she also reaches deep in search of her ‘inner light’. Although the programme does contain racier presto movements, especially impressive was the liveliness she brought to the cantobile as well as the beautifully nurtured, if lively and vibrant, tones (…) both of the hits, ‘Il Gardellino’ and ‘La Notte,’ are a joy for everyone.”

From Edwin Baumgartner, Wiener Zeitung, February 15, 2017:
“Seductive Baroque tones on the flute. … It is a sheer wonder what this Munich-born flutist extracts from the works of Vivaldi, Marais, Handel and Bach: virtuose, exciting; her trilling and runs slicing through the shimmering atmosphere like a silver arrow. The accompaniment by a small group, even for the Vivaldi, was agile. This was virtuose, brilliantly entertaining and, yes, delightful.”

From Martin Grunenberg, Hessischer Rundfunk, January 24, 2017:
“When the flute sings like a bird… Whether Barbara Kortmann with her flute enters a bird song contest together with a violin, or whether she really begins to let her flute sing in two George Friedrich Handel arias, the quality that entrances is the special beauty of her tones. ‘Sweet Silence, Soft Source of Calm Tranquility,’ is how one of Handel’s German arias begins. Tranquility is naturally all the more impressive if juxtaposed against an uproar… it was from this contrast that Marin Marais developed the variations to his renowned Folia theme—and gives Barbara Kortmann the opportunity to impress with her virtuosity.”

“… One happily hears this piece again and again … especially when a musician masters such exquisite tones as Barbara Kortmann does, with all registers sounding complete and clear, and which—as appropriate for the music—she plays with a carefully measured dose of vibrato. It is no wonder that James Galway praised Barbara Kortmann’s ‘flawless technique and expressive tone.’ This is a successful and memorable debut!”

Debut CD 'Inner Lights'

CD-Release: 09. January 2017 worldwide available

Chamber Music for Flute
Works by A. Vivaldi, M. Marais, J.Seb. Bach, G.F. Händel and C.P.E. Bach

Sabine Erdmann, Harpsichord
Hellen Weiß, Violin (Trio-Sonata from The Musical Offering)
Kerstin Linder-Dewan, Violin
Julia Prigge, Violin
Nikolaus Schlierf, Viola
Inka Döring, Violoncello
Julia Kursawe, Violoncello
Benjamin Wand, Double bass

GEN 17457

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Drei Romanzen, Op. 94 für Flöte und Klavier
1. Romanze: "Nicht schnell"
2. Romanze: "Einfach, innig"
3. Romanze: "Nicht schnell"

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
Tango No 4 für Flöte solo
"Lento meditativo"

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
Fantasia in h-moll für Flöte solo
"Largo - Vivace- Largo- Allegro"

Franz Schubert (1797-1828):
Variationen über das Lied 'Trockene Blumen' op. post. 160 D 802
Für Flöte und Klavier
Introduktion - Thema - Variationen 1-6 - Var. 7: Finale, Allegro

Francois Borne (1862-1929)
Fantaisie brillante sur les themes de l'opera "Carmen"
"Allegro moderato"