„Among the instrumental contributions it was foremost the Biblical Sonatas for harpsichord by Bach's Leipzig predecessor as Thomaskantor Johann Kuhnau that fascinated the audience. In Sonata "Saul's melancholy cured through music by David" the first movement, depicting Saul's "sadness and perturbation", seemed almost contempory music. But David's (and Jürgen Banholzer's) refreshing musicianship quieted the mind of both Saul and the listeners.“
(Karl Georg Berg, Rheinpfalz, 24.10.2019)
"My special praise goes - next to Karola Pavone as Despina - to the harpsichordist of the show because he accompanied so wonderfully the hilariously many recits. ... He just again and again accompanied imaginatively, with lots of wit and lots of esprit: it was reallly so much fun to listen to and it rendered yet another layer of meaning to the stage characters."
(Meinolf Bunsmann, Hessischer Rundfunk, 27.3.2015)
COSI FAN TUTTE
opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
premiere April 25th 2017
Philharmonisches Orchester Gießen
harpsichord: Jürgen Banholzer
conductor: Michael Hofstetter
hr2_fruehkritik_Cosi fan tutte.mp3
MP3-Audiodatei [6.8 MB]
"Next in the programme is the harpsichord concerto No. 1 in d minor BWV 1052 and Jürgen Banholzer at the keyboard. ... Special applause for this highly enjoyable and virtuosic performance."
(Brigitte Gaiser, Taunus Zeitung, 8.3.2017)
"The organ can indeed sound different, as demonstrated by Jürgen Banholzer. ... Banholzer’s great skill came to the fore in the chamber music. Be it as an accompanist or soloist, this musician is ideally suited to the musical aesthetic of subtle and refined sounds. He turns the lack of pedals into a virtue of intimate listening."
(Hans-Jörg Loskill, Der Westen, January 2011)
"As an expert on baroque organs, he switched off the electric bellows and had the air pumped into the organ by a calcant. By doing so he achieved a much more vivid tone, which lent more warmth to the sound of the organ [by Franz Xaver Christoph, 1776] . ... All entire virtuosic mastery he then showed in C.P.E Bach’s Sonata in F major. Sparkling arpeggios, soft and delicate runs, energetic and vigorous echo-effects – everything was there."
(Peter Bubenik, Niederösterreichische Nachrichten, 12.7.2011)
"Jürgen Banholzer proved an astute listener and a
virtuoso soloist ... ."
(Martina Holbein, Schwarzwälder Bote, 13.8.2007)
"Under his hands Martini’s polyphonic structures proved fresh and spontaneous, as did Mozart’s playful fantasy."
(Susanne Eckstein, Pfullinger Stadtanzeiger, 24.7.2006)