THE LONDON NEWS REWIEW
MICHEL : my interest piqued
I gave my brother a strangely annotated French LP for Christmas,
covered in Baudelaire quotes. The artist: Jean-Christian MICHEL."At
the age of ten, he who would later become a gynaecological surgeon
chose the clarinet whilst undertaking a classical education at
the conservatoire. It led him first towards Jazz with "all
the expressiveness, which takes the audience by the guts and its
swing with which it is so interesting to play".
MTV/AKTUEL Jean-Christian MICHEL : Musik, das ist wie Leben, Liebe, Tod (Article of a whole page)
Der französische Chirurg schuf die "Musique Sacrée" und wurde damit zum Schallplatten-millionar und gefragten Konzert-Musiker. Jetzt gastierte er in de Deutschland. Die Musik von Jean-Christian Michel entgeht irgendeiner Definition: man hört es, und man wird damit getränkt. Sie ist Zauberei, sonores Licht. Sie spricht über den Ursprung und über die Unendlichkeit... (The music of Jean-Christian Michel escapes any definition : it is listened, and we become soaked with it. It is magic, sound light. She speaks about the Origin and about the Infinity).
BACH à la MICHEL ging mehr unter
die Haut als ehrfurchtsgetränkte Originale
"Jean-Christian MICHEL brought us an evening of élan
and dynamism, which not only excited the younger members of the
audience, but also delighted the representatives of the older
The packed church had never known such a triumph during "
BACH Tage ". "The
unending applause threatened to raise the roof. The amazed audience
demanded encore after encore... It was a demonstration in honour
of BACH, completely extraordinary, electrifying and fascinating....
Whether it was arrangements of BACH or MICHEL's own works overflowing
with imagination, the clarinettist treats the music with an infinite
sensibility. J.S BACH would certainly have loved it... "
"Music of Light" by Jean-Christian MICHEL : "the
most original album of the year, which will not leave many people
Jean-Christian MICHEL : "Sprache des Herzens"...
(an article of a whole page !) "Er entstaubt die alte Musik, macht sie modern, durchsetzt sie mit Elementen des Jazz, füllt sie mit abendländischen und orientalischen Einflüssen. Seine Musik wirkt sanft, wohlklingend..."
ABENDBLATT (translated from German)
"The French composer and clarinettist Jean-Christian MICHEL
gave his concert to St Michael Kirche in front of more than 2000
truth the abundance of the applause was as unusual in this church
as the mass of people who had crammed in, standing at the edges
or sitting on the steps of the altar. The
clarinettist made his own way in the music which he endowed with a new character, by the conjugation of a jazz-influenced rhythm with harmonies
directly inspired by the JS BACH's
Sacred music : a meditative universe imprinted with
purity and with the life-force.
interpretations of J.S BACH, PLAY BACH or MICHEL's JAZZ
BACH remain faithful to their subject and do not betray the
spirit of Cantor of Leipzig. In most of the pieces a sort of solemnity
resounds in every note, a sacred and traditional solemnity which
transports us from the rigour of daily life to the frontiers of
a blissful beauty.
can only admire the magnificent sound of
Jean-Christian MICHEL's clarinet : from a sweet sensitivity
to the unreality almost imperceptibly played, MICHEL works its
sounds, shakes them and vibrates them, whispers or cries them
and has few equals in this art.
MICHEL is also the composer of the "Vision d'Ezéchiel",
an incredible musical intensity, during which, the audience can
not refrain from keeping time
The deafening applause was
unending in God's house.
spectators demanded encore after encore by cheering and
by stamping their feet and clapping their hands in rhythm : MICHEL and his performers complied with a good and cheerful grace in
spite of the obvious fatigue. Such brilliance explains the fascination
exercised by Jean-Christian MICHEL on his public
Title : "Klarinettist Jean-Christian in Amsterdam :
God op de hitparade" ! (and a whole page)