As a mandolinist and lutenist, as well as a conductor, Alon Sariel (born in Be’er Scheva, Israel) is at home in the fields of both early and new music, having premiered dozens of works dedicated to him. He appeared at festivals such as the Salzburger Biennale for New Music and the Early Music Festival in Utrecht, and has performed in halls such as the Berliner Philharmonie and La Scala in Milan.
A winner of numerous international competitions, prizes and awards, Alon Sariel has also been actively engaged in several socio-political projects including Live Music Now (Yehudi Menuhin), Rhapsody in School (Lars Vogt) and the West Eastern Divan (Daniel Barenboim).
Alon Sariel shares with the listener his profound love for Telemann's music. His beautiful and sensitive performances give true pleasure.
— Rémy Franck, Pizzicato, May 29, 2017
On the occasion of Georg Philipp Telemann's 250th death anniversary on June 25, 2017, the Israeli mandolinist Alon Sariel presents an eclectic selection from Telemann's unique oeuvre. [...] Alon Sariel is accompanied by his own ensemble Concerto Foscari, which plays on period instruments. The soloistic ensemble allows maximum flexibility and transparency in the music. The musicians originate from all over Europe and make their own distinctive marks. Each compositionis therefore distinguished by its own timbre, ranging from unusual boldness to cheeky, lyrical and virtuoso. [...] There is nothing more to add. This is brilliant, a magnificent CD you do not want to miss! Awesome!
— Michel Dutrieue, Stretto, May 23, 2017
Ein Barock-Konzert vom Feinsten
Sariel war der Star des Abends, denn neben der Leitung des Klangkörpers trat er auch als hervorragender Mandolinenspieler in Erscheinung. [...] Besonderes Augenmerk lag auf dem Magdeburger Telemann, an dessen 250. Todestag in diesem Jahr erinnert wird. Galant, ja fast spielerisch waren die kleinen Konzerte für Orchester und Soloinstrumente.
— Goslarsche Zeitung, June 6, 2017
… with his playing, he raises the mandolin into totally new spheres…
— Pekka Vapaavuori, Kuopio, August 18, 2013
Sariel’s translations of string sonorities were even more ingeniously deployed in to the familiar sumptuous bowings of Bloch’s Nigun, here translated into fervent tremolando strummings emulating the melting passion of cantorial fervour shaped into rhapsodic waves. Yet the plectrum attack also engendered a rhythmic precision to balance the freedom, thus producing an interpretation of freedom, conviction and precision.
— Malcolm Miller, Music & Vision, July 15, 2009
Alon Sariel, mandolin, baroque guitar, lute and direction
Paisiello in Vienna
Alon Sariel, mandolin
Izhar Elias, guitar
Michael Tsalka, fortepiano
An Englishman in New York
Joe Brent & Alon Sariel, mandolin and lute
After the extensive celebrations of the Telemann Year 2017 the great German Baroque composer is more present in the classical music world than ever.
Alon Sariel has created a musical bouquet from Telemann’s works and arranged for his instrument. Telemann on the mandolin - this is a first! “Telemandolin” is an outstanding homage to Georg Philipp Telemann. In this programme pieces by his famous godson Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach will be included as well.
“Telemandolin” was released as a CD album in June 2017 on the German label Berlin Classics to great critical acclaim and was nominated in September 2017 for the “Golden Label” of Klassiek Centraal in Belgium.
The connection between Italy and Hungary starts in the 15th century when King Hunyadi Mátyás (Matthias Corvinus) marries and brings to his court the Italian princess Beatrice of Aragon. The cultural cross-fertilisation between Italy and Hungary begins, finally leading to a distinct Hungarian-Romanian fashion in Italian music in the 16th century.
PRISMA specifically engaged in this rich cultural exchange and walked these paths during many journeys: on concert tours and artistic residencies in Hungary, Romania and Transylvania they meet again and again folk musicians, who teach them their traditional repertoire, which PRISMA carries back home!