Jean Rondeau © Edouard-Bressy
With Jean Rondeau, the Wiener Konzerthaus is dedicating a portrait to an early music artist for the first time. The 30-year-old Paris-born musician is originally a harpsichordist, but he gallops through the repertoire without blinkers. He proves this right at the start of his three-part portrait when he interprets Francis Poulenc's »Concert champêtre« for harpsichord and orchestra, written at the end of the 1920s, together with the RSO Wien. The programme of his recital resembles a parforceride from Johann Joseph Fux's »Gradus ad Parnassum« via Haydn and Mozart to Beethoven and Clementi. The debut of his quartet formation Nevermind is also very cross-headed: Jean Rondeau performs music by Bach's idiosyncratic sons Carl Philipp Emanuel and Wilhelm Friedemann on the fortepiano.